EA sued for lack of PS3 Battlefield 3 freebie

By Andrew Yoon, Nov 18, 2011 5:30pm PST

At E3, Sony and Electronic Arts announced that the PS3 version of Battlefield 3 would include a free copy of Battlefield 1943. That didn't end up happening. Instead, the two companies agreed to offer early DLC exclusivity on Battlefield 3.

Apparently, that's not fair enough recompense, and one law firm is filing a class action lawsuit against Electronic Arts for "misleading and profiting" by "making a promise they could not, and never intended, to keep."

According to statements provided to Kotaku, legal firm Edelson McGuire alleges that EA didn't do enough to notify gamers of the change in promotional plans. Firstly, it was announced after many had already pre-ordered a copy. Secondly, it was only announced via Twitter (and later picked up by most media outlets). Offering early DLC is also being called out as a lackluster "make up" deal.

Obviously, the firm is seeking "compensatory relief" which, if settled, will result in a small trinket for PS3 gamers that purchased Battlefield 3--and a huge award for the lawyers.

This isn't the first snafu Sony has had in delivering exclusive content for PS3 owners. Most recently, the company was caught shortchanging Saints Row: The Third purchases. The company later offered Saints Row 2 as a free bonus.

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