There are a lot of things wrong with the gaming industry. From misogyny to laziness, and even a complete disregard for their customers, many triple A gaming companies have become the definition of commercialism. Quality is seeing constant downgrades because of convenience, and it’s clear to see exactly how the companies are ruining the industry.
And few triple A publishers and developers represent everything wrong with video games as much as EA. Viewed as the worst company in America for two years in a row, EA has made so many mistakes that it’s hard to believe that they still made it without going bankrupt. And they’ve learned little from their mistakes.
In their attempt to please a number of users before the launch of the game and subsequent DLCs, EA is offering Battlefield 5 DLCs for free – but not really. Instead, you have to own one of two previous Battlefield games if you want to take advantage of the promotion. Otherwise, you’ll just be short a few maps, weapons, game modes, and other features that should have been included in the full version of the game.
So here’s the deal. Realizing that they will lose many customers if they launch so many DLC items along with the launch title, the EA higher-ups decided to give away two different DLCs, but only if you already own two previous Battlefield titles. The games in question are Battlefield 4 and Battlefield Hardline.
The offer is only available until May 10, and the promotions are as follows: Battlefield 4 players will be able to download the Dragon’s Teeth DLC, and Battlefield Hardline will have access to the Robbery Pack. Both DLC offer a few extra game features, featured that should have been included in Battlefield 5’s full price.
Dragon’s Teeth will bring Battlefield 4 players four new multiplayer maps, a new game mode, new weapons, a new armored vehicle, and a ballistic shield gadget. Meanwhile, the Robbery DLC will grant access to four new different maps, a new game type, new weapons, two new vehicles, new features for gear customization, and two new gadgets.
And these are just the DLC that will launch along with the new, fully priced title. Subsequent DLC will only add to the separation of players. Think of it this way. If you are a hardcore, long-time Battlefield fan, you most likely have all the previous games, so you’ll get the two DLC. But otherwise, you’re kind of in trouble.
You will be unable to play any of the game modes and maps, and you won’t be able to play with players that are using any of the DLC items. This means that newer players have a huge disadvantage from the start, as they are unable to play at least half of the game’s content – content for which they paid money – simply because other people have the DLC and they don’t.
And the fun won’t stop there, as according to the company,
Over the next few months we’ll be giving away previously released expansion packs for both games to anyone playing on Xbox One, Xbox 360, Origin for PC, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3.
This will only serve to further enlarge the schism between the newer and the older players. It’s really sad that the state of the video game industry is in this awful condition, and things only seem to be getting worse. But hey, only time will tell.
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