>BF3 pre-orders through Origin get early beta access
>Piggybacking on our article from yesterday about the announcement of Battlefield 3 pre-order bonuses for US customers, EA has now also announced the pre-order bonuses for purchasing directly through Origin. Perhaps unsurprisingly, EA has saved the juiciest pre-order package for themselves.
As listed on the official Origin store page
, customers who pre-order on Origin will get exclusive early access to the open beta
and the ability to pre-load the game before it launches. They also receive the Physical Warfare Pack
and a couple of exclusive items in Battlefield Play4Free.
I can’t imagine EA’s retail partners are too thrilled about this, since EA is going to steal away many of their potential customers. However, this is obviously a pretty shrewd move to force adoption of Origin and take the first step to cutting out the retailers entirely.
In yesterday’s article, I pondered about whether to just pre-order directly through Origin. Well, it looks like today’s announcement makes that decision pretty easy.