Once upon a time, Electronic Arts promised Battlefield 3 buyers a free digital copy of Battlefield 1943 would be included with their purchase. Well, B3‘s release day came and went, and there is still no sign of 1943. EA’s response to their broken promise was to offer PS3 users the chance to purchase special DLC a week early — DLC that was in fact not special at all and had been previously announced.
American law firm Edelson McGuire has filed a class action law suit against the company and its executives. The firm claims that EA “misled and profited from thousands of their customers by making a promise that they could not, and never intended, to keep.”
Is this truly a case of sleazy fall advertising? Not breaking promises to consumers might as well be part of the Ten Commandments; backing out of the promise post-release date via Twitter of all things comes at a close second. Is Edelson McGuire in the wrong here, or does EA deserve to be gut-punched over its scummy false advertising?