Battlefield 3 retailer-exclusive pre-order bonuses revealed

It's standard practice for nearly all AAA (and not-so-AAA) games to come with a variety of retailer-exclusive pre-order bonuses. Battlefield 3 is certainly not exempt. We track down all the offerings so far.

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It's standard practice for nearly all AAA (and not-so-AAA) games to come with a variety of retailer-exclusive pre-order bonuses. Battlefield 3, however, outdoes most with a number of offers. Some offers, like the Physical Warfare DLC pack, will be made available for purchase later on. Others, however, seem to be genuinely exclusive to the retailer.

So far, three retailers have outed their pre-order offerings for DICE's upcoming military shooter.

All pre-orders of the game will include the Back to Karkand expansion pack for free--regardless of which retailer you buy the game from. The expansion includes classic Battlefield maps from throughout the franchise, and will be available after the game launches. A voucher included in the box will entitle you to a free download once the DLC releases.

Retailers will be offering specific bonuses on top of the Back to Karkand expansion:

  • Gamestop is offering the Physical Warfare pack, which unlocks these weapons for use in multiplayer: DAO-12 Shotgun, Flash Suppressor, Type 88 LMG, and Flachette Ammo. In addition, Battlefield 3 Blog reports that PowerUp Rewards members will get a Prima strategy guide for free, as well.
  • Amazon is offering an exclusive "Dog Tag Pack," for use in multiplayer.
  • Best Buy is offering the "SPECACT Kit," a package that offers eight multiplayer weapons and uniform skins.
  • Finally, EA's Origin store is offering the Physical Warfare pack, bonus items for Battlefield Play4Free, and access to the Battlefield 3 open beta.

Other retailers, like Direct2Drive, are simply offering the game at a discount, instead of offering a pre-order bonus. Make sure you think about exactly what bonus you want to take advantage of before making a deposit.

From The Chatty

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    August 2, 2011 11:30 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Battlefield 3 retailer-exclusive pre-order bonuses revealed.

    It's standard practice for nearly all AAA (and not-so-AAA) games to come with a variety of retailer-exclusive pre-order bonuses. Battlefield 3 is certainly not exempt. We track down all the offerings so far.

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      August 2, 2011 11:35 AM

      Ohh yeah, Flash Suppressor + Type 88 LMG out of the gate is going to be awesome.

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      August 2, 2011 11:37 AM

      So, what exactly is the 'Dog Tag Pack'? It doesn't really say anywhere...

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        August 2, 2011 11:45 AM

        According to this: http://battlefieldmax.com/tag/dog-tag-pack

        you get some unique dog tags to use. I'm seriously considering cancelling my Amazon pre-order to get it from Best Buy or Gamestop just because that's pretty lame.

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          August 2, 2011 12:07 PM

          wow that's really lame compared to all the other incentives.

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          August 2, 2011 12:22 PM

          so everything is pointless but getting that physical warfare pack would be nice to start out the game with

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          August 2, 2011 12:25 PM

          EA has made its biggest online competitors (Amazon and Steam) irrelevant basically through the pre-order bonus and removing BF3 from Steam.

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      August 2, 2011 11:40 AM

      What pre-order is steam giving out??? :p

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        August 2, 2011 11:46 AM

        Normally it'd give out "convenience", but Publishers don't want to give that away anymore.

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      August 2, 2011 11:50 AM

      Id rather save $ and get it from D2D, I like unlocking stuff and saving money. So it will make the game last longer.

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        August 2, 2011 11:53 AM

        Only the DAO-12 is a Day 1 unlock. Everything else in the Physical Warfare pack is exclusive, but you'll be able to buy it later as DLC.

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          August 2, 2011 12:05 PM

          I thought I read that the physical warfare stuff will unlock for everyone sometime down the line.

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            August 2, 2011 12:07 PM

            Yeah that's the the blog post says too
            http://www.ea.com/uk/news/pre-order-bonus-items-battlefield3-limited-edition

            A set of three time-based exclusive items and one early weapon unlock.
            If you do not pre-order, you will get access to this content at no extra charge at a later date.

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            August 2, 2011 12:08 PM

            Oh wow, it looks like there was quite a bit of confusion when they first released the news. Here's somewhat updated info: http://blogs.battlefield.ea.com/battlefield_bad_company/archive/2011/06/16/physical-warfare-pack-available-to-all-battlefield-3-players.aspx

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              August 2, 2011 12:15 PM

              Nice. So basically the only pre-order bonus I wish I had now was the one Origin has offering access to the beta. Everything else is crap. However the beta isn't enough to drag me over from D2D when you can buy it for $43 if you get a 20% coupon.

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                August 2, 2011 12:20 PM

                You can still get Karkand map pack from D2D, right? $43 is a great price.

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                  August 2, 2011 12:20 PM

                  Yep, any preorders anywhere get it from the sounds of it.

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                    August 2, 2011 12:21 PM

                    Have you preordered yours yet? I'm still foolishly holding out hopes for Steam integration of some sort. :'(

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                      August 2, 2011 12:24 PM

                      Ain't gonna happen.

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                      August 2, 2011 12:27 PM

                      Yeah, I jumped on it a while ago from Origin because I had a $20 credit and a 25% off coupon that made it pretty cheap.
                      It doesn't seem like Steam integration is going to be very likely, but I don't think holding out is foolish. It'd probably be a good idea to preorder from somewhere though, just to get the Karkland pack when it comes out.

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              August 2, 2011 1:07 PM

              Yeah. It's just like BC2: You could get the booster pack, so you get the unlocks at LVL1, but other can get them as they level.

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      August 2, 2011 12:00 PM

      Are these things that you can unlock in the game with play, or ONLY unlocked with pre-order? I really hate pre-order exclusive bonuses.

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        August 2, 2011 12:10 PM

        They make it as vague as possible, don't they? Sounds like at least some of them are just unlocks.

        The "Dog Tag Pack" is apparently just custom dog tag skins? (lol wat)

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        August 2, 2011 12:18 PM

        for BC2, there was some stuff that you could unlock early and other stuff that you could buy them as DLC much later

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          August 2, 2011 12:24 PM

          So who should I pre-order from? Who is giving away the best stuff that will cost money later?

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            August 2, 2011 2:58 PM

            i think i would just go for the physical warfare pack. everything else is just superficial and i think they all get the karkand map pack with preorder. the PW pack will be free eventually but i think it'd be nice to use it when you start out at a low level with nothing.

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              August 4, 2011 6:30 AM

              Aren't those just Day 1 unlocks? (You can get them later through gameplay?)

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      August 2, 2011 12:07 PM

      after playing it, this is me not giving a single fuck purchasing it on Origin digitally

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        August 2, 2011 12:30 PM

        So to clarify, you're buying it on Origin?

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      August 2, 2011 12:25 PM

      so do i have to order the EA version in canada to get the 360 beta? shipping is 5-10 days and 6.99. what the shit

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      August 2, 2011 12:29 PM

      I won't be pre-ordering this one. I'll wait for reviews and opinion of other shackers. Not because of Origin though.

      It's a damn shame because I was super excited for this.

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        August 2, 2011 12:34 PM

        I bet it'll be fun. Battlefield series hasn't really let me down. I'm still left in the dark regarding how Origin is implemented.

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        August 2, 2011 12:49 PM

        Did you enjoy Bad Company 2? What about BF2142?

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          August 2, 2011 1:22 PM

          I loved the shit out of Bad company 2. I only played the demo of BF2142 and didn't like it. I heard the full game was much better though.

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            August 2, 2011 1:30 PM

            I don't remember playing the 2142 demo or not.

            OK, did you play any of the new Medal of Honor?

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              August 2, 2011 1:33 PM

              The demo was 1 Titan mode level and people said it really wasn't a great level IIRC. I always wanted to grab a copy but I never saw any deals for it anywhere.

              And no, I didn't play the new Medal of Honor by Dice.

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          August 2, 2011 3:19 PM

          2142 was fucking sweet.

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        August 2, 2011 12:51 PM

        What? Even in the short Alpha I think the multiplayer is going to be a colossal hit. So many good little touches even in an Alpha.

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          August 2, 2011 1:03 PM

          Yeah in the time I've spent with it, I can tell it's going to be fucking awesome*.


          *in my opinion, naturally

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          August 2, 2011 1:11 PM

          It will be good but only if they fix a lot of shit that plagued the alpha. 3d spotting needs to go.

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            August 2, 2011 8:11 PM

            I heard someone else mention 3d spotting. What does that mean?

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              August 3, 2011 1:52 PM

              It's some new BS from the community. Same as the old spotting (mostly) you just spot and shoot at the little triangle to kill someone. It's a non-issue if you ask me. Spotting was FAR more accurate in BC2 and no one seemed to have a problem with it.

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          August 2, 2011 1:23 PM

          I'm just not having fun at all. Maybe it's just me. I'd seriously play BC2 over this at this stage of the game. There's an NDA so I can't really discuss why and probably shouldn't even be saying this in the first place.

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        August 2, 2011 1:13 PM

        You're stupid. Just treat Origin like you treat any BF that you bought / played prior to Steam.

        Buy the game retail, and don't buy anything directly through Origin.

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          August 2, 2011 1:25 PM

          You're stupid and can't read. I said my decision is not because of Origin. Origin is fine and also, I think it's going to be required no matter where you buy your copy from.

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            August 2, 2011 2:29 PM

            Hey you're right!

            After playing the mp alpha, what limited time I had... this game is going to be pretty damn awesome.

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              August 2, 2011 2:31 PM

              Yeah. Maybe I'm wrong and I need to play it more. After a few hours, I just don't feel like going back to it. I'll give it another try during the beta for sure.

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        August 2, 2011 1:32 PM

        I won't be pre-ordering it because, well, i don't have the money :(

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          August 2, 2011 1:38 PM

          Khan, I pre-ordered Space Marine and it put me below the poverty line but it's worth it.

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      August 2, 2011 12:51 PM

      Is it still an "open" beta if you need an Origin pre-order or Medal of Honor:LE code?

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      August 2, 2011 12:53 PM

      It has to be a first in the gaming industry that the pre-order bonus for Steam is not getting the game

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      August 2, 2011 1:54 PM

      retailer-exclusive pre-order bonuses


      A standard that has epic fail written all over it.

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        August 2, 2011 1:58 PM

        epic fail like the smellx mircoshit 360?

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      August 2, 2011 2:50 PM

      Didn't want to buy a dl from Origin, but wanted access to the beta, until I remembered that Gears of War 3 releases in Septh, so I imagine I'd be too busy for the Beta regardless.

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      August 2, 2011 7:58 PM

      I bought MoH:LE for 360, will I be able to get the beta for PC?

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      August 3, 2011 10:11 AM

      An EA support agent just confirmed for me that if you pre-ordered on the old EA Store (Now Origin) you do not get the extra Origin exclusive bonuses.

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      August 4, 2011 6:17 AM

      So it seems like all of the pre-order bonuses are not exclusive with the possible exception of the SPECACT style re-skins?

      I remember playing 2142 and people teamkilling me so they could get a look at the SCAR 11 BOFORS model... which was actually disadvantageous because the gun was so huge that it was like you were shouldering a boombox. Its stats were identical to its equivalent weapon.