Despite consistently being named as one of the most hated companies in America, EA does release some quality games. I spent hours, if not days running around on Battlefield 1942. My time in that game was only surpassed by the amount of months I spent playing Battlefield 2. I purchase a Madden title every 5 years and find myself enjoying it extensively. I am not here to bash EA's game making abilities. This is not a petition attacking a company for releasing inferior quality games, because at the end of the day, EA does make some very respectable titles.
The problem is not the quality of their games the problem is their business practices, and their treatment of customers. They frequently rush unfinished titles to the market, they charge customers exuberant amounts of money for the complete gaming experience, and they frequently release the same titles over and over again. I wait the 5 years in between my madden purchases because that is about how long it takes for the game to feel new, and for it to truly show improvement.
The upcoming Battlefield: Hardline is no exception. The engine, the gameplay, and the entire experience is just a texture pack/reskin of Battlefield 4. The addition of a couple extra gadgets, and changing the scoring system to a 'cash' system does not constitute a full retail release.
Don't get me wrong, Battlefield: Hardline looks amazing. If it was a mod, I would be ridiculously excited about it. But it is not a mod. EA does not support mods to their games. Instead, we are given a reskinned battlefield experience and expected to fork over 60 dollars to continue to play with our friends online. Enough is enough. One of the reasons they have continued their disrespectful business practices is because we let them. We continue to buy the same game every year. We continue to accept the fact that in many situations, we are paying to be beta testers.
I know personally I will not be purchasing Battlefield: Hardline. I cannot with a clear conscience fork over 60 dollars to a company that is selling me a glorified mod. I would be willing to pay 15, or a max of 20 dollars for it. I paid 20 dollars for the expansion packs on Battlefield 2 and they all felt like money well spent. 20 dollars for a premium, finished, thought out DLC is more than reasonable. 60 dollars however, is just a slap in the face to fans, and to all gamers.
I urge you to sign this petition. If it does nothing else, it will serve as a statement that us gamers are not fools and that we will not continue to purchase reskinned versions of the same game at full price. The reach of this stretched beyond one title from EA. The implications of annual realeases such as this should serve as as wakeup call to the community. In addition to signing the petition, I will be passing on this game when it is released (unless it is released as a DLC). By buying titles like this, we are not just part of the problem, we are the problem. We as gamers continue to legitimize the practices of gaming companies that publish annual titles by continuing to fork over our hard earned money. When we do this, when we allow this lack of innovation to continue by monetarily condoning it, we are perpetuating a cycle that is slowly robbing the industry of its creativity.
At a price point of 15, or even 20 dollars not only would you be releasing what appears to be a very polished expansion, you could increase demand as well as greatly improve your companies tarnished reputation in the gaming community. By releasing it as a DLC for Battlfield 4, you will be reaching the large community of current players, as well as generating interest in Battlefield with those who do not currently own the game. In addition to showing gamers that you respect their intelligence and their wallets, the increased audience could possibly even deliver more revenue than a full retail release.
Again, I urge you to reconsider, and release Battlefield Hardline as a DLC for Battlefield 4.