DICE Comments on Back to Karkand PS3 Exclusivity

On Tuesday, PS3 users were treated to Battlefield 3's first expansion DLC Back to Karkand.  Available exclusively on PlayStation 3 one week early, many Xbox 360 and PC players are frustrated with having to wait an additional week.

If you remember, however, EA promised PS3 gamers would get a free copy of Battlefield 1943 with their purchase of Battlefield 3 on the PlayStation 3.  As it turns out, due to a packaging mishap, PS3 users never got their free copy of the game.  To make up for it, Sony decided to go the "early DLC" route, offering all future expansions for Battlefield 3 one week early to PS3 customers.

The result was a class action lawsuit filed against EA from fans claiming EA was "making a promise they could not, and never intended, to keep."  Needless to say, EA eventually gave in and decided to give PS3 users their free copy of Battlefield 1943.

Now with all that being said, not everyone is happy.  Xbox 360 and PC gamers are upset.  After all, you can't please everyone.  At least that's the approach Gustav Halling, Gameplay Designer on Battlefield 3, had to say when weighing in on the situation.

"Xbox got COD, Sony signed us, thats the way of the economical world we live in," he said according to mp1st.

By doing this, Sony has attempted to level the field.  With Microsoft having a deal with Activision for the Xbox 360 to receive Call of Dutymap packs a full month earlier than other platforms, this move by Sony only seems like a fair response.

But given the popularity of Battlefield 3, it's easy to understand fan frustration with having to wait.