800,000 sign up for Battlefield Premium

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Nothing came up on the search bar so I hope I not just reposting this. I was just looking at the Destructoid site and came across this little nugget of news.

http://www.destructoid.com/battlefield-premium-does-800-000-subscriptions-in-2-weeks-230532.phtml

It seems despite all the complaints about EA's premium service, up to 800,000 gamers have signed onto the service making EA a tidy sum of money in the process. So how do you all feel about this? Personally I'm disappointed but not really surprised that people signed up to it and I am now bracing myself for this type of service to spill over into other games.

Well I was planning on getting all the DLC for BF3 anyways. So I don't see why it's so bad that I saved $10 compared to buying them separately, and got a bunch of bonuses.

tendaji:
Well I was planning on getting all the DLC for BF3 anyways. So I don't see why it's so bad that I saved $10 compared to buying them separately, and got a bunch of bonuses.

Didn't you get the memo?
Everything EA does is evil, and anyone seen supporting them is to be ridiculed and laughed at.

This Battlefield Premium sounds exactly the same as what other companies advertise as 'Season Passes' - hardly a new phenomenom.

The Artificially Prolonged:
Nothing came up on the search bar so I hope I not just reposting this. I was just looking at the Destructoid site and came across this little nugget of news.

http://www.destructoid.com/battlefield-premium-does-800-000-subscriptions-in-2-weeks-230532.phtml

It seems despite all the complaints about EA's premium service, up to 800,000 gamers have signed onto the service making EA a tidy sum of money in the process. So how do you all feel about this? Personally I'm disappointed but not really surprised that people signed up to it and I am now bracing myself for this type of service to spill over into other games.

What is wrong with it? Spending 50 Bucks, get all DLC and a few extras at a cheaper price. It is just a glorified Season Pass. I would buy it if I had the money (alas, I have none as I am buying Kingdom Hearts 3D and Theatrythm when they release).

People need to stop bitching about what EA does. Not EVERYTHING is evil you damned hippies.

A lot of why I dislike 'Premium' is that, with BF3 predecessor Bad Company 2, if you bought the game new you were considered a VIP, and got a whole load of VIP content at no charge. With BF3, premium is essentially the same, but you have to pay for it. I'm not angry at them though, they exist to make money and there really is more important things in life than railing against some company because they didn't do exactly what you want.

Capitano Segnaposto:

The Artificially Prolonged:
Nothing came up on the search bar so I hope I not just reposting this. I was just looking at the Destructoid site and came across this little nugget of news.

http://www.destructoid.com/battlefield-premium-does-800-000-subscriptions-in-2-weeks-230532.phtml

It seems despite all the complaints about EA's premium service, up to 800,000 gamers have signed onto the service making EA a tidy sum of money in the process. So how do you all feel about this? Personally I'm disappointed but not really surprised that people signed up to it and I am now bracing myself for this type of service to spill over into other games.

What is wrong with it? Spending 50 Bucks, get all DLC and a few extras at a cheaper price. It is just a glorified Season Pass. I would buy it if I had the money (alas, I have none as I am buying Kingdom Hearts 3D and Theatrythm when they release).

People need to stop bitching about what EA does. Not EVERYTHING is evil you damned hippies.

I don't have a problem with the season pass part of the deal as that saves you money on the dlc. However the fact that you also pay preferential treatment when joining servers is something I do have a problem with.

"Over the top gasp" someone DARES buy something from EA!? REPENT REPENT WE ALL MUST REPENT!....Seriously just because I wouldn't buy anything right now doesn't mean no one else is allowed to.

tendaji:
Well I was planning on getting all the DLC for BF3 anyways. So I don't see why it's so bad that I saved $10 compared to buying them separately, and got a bunch of bonuses.

Getting the DLC two weeks in advance isn't so bad either :)

Liberaliter:
A lot of why I dislike 'Premium' is that, with BF3 predecessor Bad Company 2, if you bought the game new you were considered a VIP, and got a whole load of VIP content at no charge. With BF3, premium is essentially the same, but you have to pay for it.

Eh, that's debatable. There was 7 map packs right? I elieve it wasn't until Map pack #5 we actually got NEW maps like Cold War, Oasis, Heavy Metal, Harvest Day etc. the rest was just the older maps put into modes that just weren't there before. by the time Oasis came out I almost completly stoppwed playing until Vietnam came out.

I bought the DLC seperate, why? Because its probobly the only one I will get.

There wasn't enough close quarters based maps and this map fit perfectly for that. The rest of the packs don't have the appeal to what I am looking for, or the Scar-L.

I wont be signing up, but to each their own I guess. Not many games from EA I care for.

Your complaint is that there are stupid and easily fooled people out there? You're not going to have that resolved for qu-ite a while, buddy.

trollpwner:
Your complaint is that there are stupid and easily fooled people out there? You're not going to have that resolved for qu-ite a while, buddy.

How is getting a discount on all the DLC we would otherwise buy seperately, 2 weeks early access and a bunch of other, less important goodies being "easily fooled"?

I know I'm going to be buying all the DLC because I love the game and I have faith in DICE. Not everyone does, but then, nobody's forcing us to buy it, are they? So I bought Premium and made a saving on DLC and got cool stuff to boot. You can argue all you want that I'm stupid and easily fooled for doing so, but it won't make any difference and you'd be petty for doing so.

I wish people would just stop jumping to conclusions about other people's choices. You (not you specifically, people in general) really think a whole 800,000 people are so stupid that they would buy something they wouldn't make a saving on? It's up to personal preference and if we want to buy their product, we will buy their product. Simple as.

Rant over. Hope I didn't offend you, Trollpwner, or anyone else. I did get a bit irritated there. :P

800,000 sheep lead to slaughter..

There is no way I would pay another $50 for server priority and a couple map packs on a game I just spent $60 bucks on less than a year ago. Especially since EA actually considered charging for virtual ammunition..

Frosty05:

How is getting a discount on all the DLC we would otherwise buy seperately, 2 weeks early access and a bunch of other, less important goodies being "easily fooled"?

I know I'm going to be buying all the DLC because I love the game and I have faith in DICE. Not everyone does, but then, nobody's forcing us to buy it, are they? So I bought Premium and made a saving on DLC and got cool stuff to boot. You can argue all you want that I'm stupid and easily fooled for doing so, but it won't make any difference and you'd be petty for doing so.

I wish people would just stop jumping to conclusions about other people's choices. You (not you specifically, people in general) really think a whole 800,000 people are so stupid that they would buy something they wouldn't make a saving on? It's up to personal preference and if we want to buy their product, we will buy their product. Simple as.

Rant over. Hope I didn't offend you, Trollpwner, or anyone else. I did get a bit irritated there. :P

Whoah! Chillax! I'm not saying you're stupid, Per se. Especially not when you're jumping on what seems to be a very good deal. It's just that if people complain that people are signing up to this service, despite its flaws, they're not going to find their complaints easily resolved, because their problem is people disagreeing with them.

Tayh:

tendaji:
Well I was planning on getting all the DLC for BF3 anyways. So I don't see why it's so bad that I saved $10 compared to buying them separately, and got a bunch of bonuses.

Didn't you get the memo?
Everything EA does is evil, and anyone seen supporting them is to be ridiculed and laughed at.

This Battlefield Premium sounds exactly the same as what other companies advertise as 'Season Passes' - hardly a new phenomenom.

This. How is this sort of season pass type thing corrupting the industry again? That people who really enjoy and are still playing BF3 will pay money to get all of the dlc two weeks in advance with the total price being $10 less, while also adding tons of bonus content for those who buy it?

I would also like to point out that this is a one time purchase, unlike some other premiums out there *looks at mw3*. Unlike the cod franchise, battlefield games tend to last more than a single year, and thus this premium is not so much a service as booster packs purchased in advance. I point to the older battlefield games as examples of expansion packs and booster packs(purchased), and how similar they are to this premium "service".
bf1942: secret weapons, road to rome
bf2: special forces, boosters: euro force, armored fury (funny how they kinda used that name again)
bf2142: northern strike
bfbc2: vietnam

In short, I don't understand all the hate for Battlefield's premium service

Do you know how many hats you could buy with that money?

Terminate421:
I bought the DLC seperate, why? Because its probobly the only one I will get.

There wasn't enough close quarters based maps and this map fit perfectly for that. The rest of the packs don't have the appeal to what I am looking for, or the Scar-L.

Every expansion seems to have its own theme worth looking for.

Close Quarter: You know what it is
Armoured Kill: All our tank and Ariel vehicle combat
Aftermath: Possible dinosaur or Zombie mode since its about "Survival"
Endgame: Beats me.

Their called "sheep". So unfortunate that they don't know any better.

Since I planned on getting all the DLC anyway, Premium was actually cheaper. All the extra stuff that comes with premium is just a nice bonus. It will be the last purchase of an EA product I ever make, since none of their upcoming games interest me at all.

still I love the Battlefield franchise and I have been with it from the beginning. I invested just as much money on all the expansion and boosters of BF2.

It makes sense for me to get something that I am likely going to get anyway. Even with the CQ maps I have enjoyed the change of pace much more than I thought I would. I can't wait to see what they do with Armored Kill and Endgame. I hope Aftermath has some real surprises and isn't just a new set of Co-OP maps like I have a feeling like it will be. I am still pulling for dinosaurs though....

If I had the money I would have bought Premium. I have nearly 300 hours played so far. And I'm not slowing down. It's a pretty good deal, in my opinion. But I didn't have the extra money.

Yes, EA is the asshole of the game scene. But I've always said that I'll buy things that interest me. Might as well support the things they do that I agree with.

I ain't doing this one because I don't play Battlefield, but I signed up for CoD Elite, and as others have said re:BP, it was for the maps.

I don't even use the "Elite" functionality.

Hey, they're saving money.

I wanted to get Battlefield 3 really bad, but I've been told that it uses an online pass and I refuse to support that :(

And I kind of wish others wouldn't either, but BF3 is a great game.

I may get it sometime this year, the maps and weapons look awesome, and motorbikes man. Motorbikes.

*slams head repeatedly against the wall*

Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!

If people keep buying this Call of duty Elite/ Battlefield 3 premium crap then the companys are going to keep doing it, just like the online activation codes.

arggh *exasperated sigh*

EA makes money ripping people off, nothing new to see here.

it costs 800,000 dollars to part of this membership for 12 seconds

Capitano Segnaposto:
People need to stop bitching about what EA does. Not EVERYTHING is evil you damned hippies.

This.

I see no reason why EA should change anything about their business model. Not because I think it's a good one, oh hell no, it's shit designed to punish paying customers at every opportunity. But instead because it doesn't matter what they do, the internet will just hate them for it. Might as well do what you know works if you'll get the exact same reaction regardless.

Well, I signed up.

Honestly, it seemed like a good deal. Even having already bought back to karkand, I save money, and DICE usually make solid DLC. Put in a few added extras including early access to the DLC, and I was sold.

I've always been pro-season pass, though. True, you can get royally screwed on it sometimes (saints row the third. Four content-light DLCs, only one of which was truly, fully enjoyable)
but multiplayer games thrive on a steady stream of new content to keep things fresh, and this allows people who intend on being there every step of the way to be rewarded for their loyalty.

Alternative:
*slams head repeatedly against the wall*

Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!

If people keep buying this Call of duty Elite/ Battlefield 3 premium crap then the companys are going to keep doing it, just like the online activation codes.

arggh *exasperated sigh*

EA makes money ripping people off, nothing new to see here.

I'm going to go out on a limb and assume you're one of the people who thinks you are entitled to getting games for free. Newsflash: these games cost MILLIONS to develop. Yes, they make a whole hell of a lot more money than that off sales, but it's a BUSINESS for a reason. Businesses exist to make money. People like you are the reason prices have gone up. Pirating gave these large companies an excuse to raise their prices to 60 dollars from 50 dollars. I'm not saying that it wasn't out of greed because for sure it was, but if pirating of games wasn't so widespread, it would've been a whole lot harder for them to justify raising that price point. Also, if a game is entirely online (yes I know they have a single player, no I don't think it's important), then why not use an online pass? I don't like having to connect to the internet to play my single player games as much as the next person. But if I'm going to play online anyway then what's the problem?

Jove:
Their called "sheep". So unfortunate that they don't know any better.

Sorry, do you even know what you're talking about? Why don't you read the rest of the thread and figure out if these people really are getting ripped off?

trollpwner:

Frosty05:

How is getting a discount on all the DLC we would otherwise buy seperately, 2 weeks early access and a bunch of other, less important goodies being "easily fooled"?

I know I'm going to be buying all the DLC because I love the game and I have faith in DICE. Not everyone does, but then, nobody's forcing us to buy it, are they? So I bought Premium and made a saving on DLC and got cool stuff to boot. You can argue all you want that I'm stupid and easily fooled for doing so, but it won't make any difference and you'd be petty for doing so.

I wish people would just stop jumping to conclusions about other people's choices. You (not you specifically, people in general) really think a whole 800,000 people are so stupid that they would buy something they wouldn't make a saving on? It's up to personal preference and if we want to buy their product, we will buy their product. Simple as.

Rant over. Hope I didn't offend you, Trollpwner, or anyone else. I did get a bit irritated there. :P

Whoah! Chillax! I'm not saying you're stupid, Per se. Especially not when you're jumping on what seems to be a very good deal. It's just that if people complain that people are signing up to this service, despite its flaws, they're not going to find their complaints easily resolved, because their problem is people disagreeing with them.

No worries, man. :)

It seems to me that a LOT of people are just jumping on what they see as a bandwagon and saying people who bought Battlefield 3 Premium are "stupid" and "sheep", despite knowing sweet fanny adams about what it actually entails. Premium is NOT a yearly subscription model. It is a one-time purchase that saves you money on all the rest of the DLC with a bunch of nice extras to boot! It is NOT Call of Duty Elite!

I thought the Escapist was smarter than this. Usually I lurk but the quantity of threads where people who don't know what they're talking about weigh in with their misguided opinion without providing any justification for it that I notice when I post in them is... it's a lot, man.

Frosty05:

Jove:
Their called "sheep". So unfortunate that they don't know any better.

Sorry, do you even know what you're talking about? Why don't you read the rest of the thread and figure out if these people really are getting ripped off?

Its called sarcasm man. My humor is not that dry is it? XD

I don't really have an issue with the principle of what EA is doing, just the pricing. New maps and weapons shouldn't cost that much, separately or otherwise. It's hardly any game changing content, just more of the same.

And I expected much more than 800,000. I guess the economy took a toll on mommy and daddy's once loose wallets.

Kahunaburger:
Do you know how many hats you could buy with that money?

I actually love this reply. I don't know why it's just that people are perfectly accepting of VALVe milking their hat rabid fanbase for money yet for some reason paying for ACTUAL CONTENT is bang out of line, for the sole reason: "because EA".

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