Pre-order bonuses is a touchy subject. Some love it. Some loathe it. Apparently, about three thousand potential Battlefield 3 customers aren't too happy with the exclusive pre-order DLC, launching a campaign to boycott sales.
Battlefield 3 pre-order bonuses include the Back to Karkand expansion for free, as well as the Physical Warfare Pack, which packs the Type 88 LMG, SKS sniper rifle and a variety of pain-inducing ammunition.
Complaints cover the full range from paying extra for the classic maps to unfair advantage with the exclusive weapons and ammunition. However, EA have responded to the accusations, assuring fans that there will be no imbalance of any kind.
"The three exclusive items in the Physical Warfare Pack were specifically chosen not to be overpowered or imbalance or break the game in any way," stated DICE in a Q&A posted on the BF Blog.
As for why they offer pre-order bonuses, EA and DICE had this to say: "Because we believe in rewarding our core fanbase with special offers -- such as giving them the Back to Karkand expansion pack at no extra charge."
Source: Battlefield Blog