EA is intent on luring gamers to its new Origin distribution service. Exclusives are one way to draw folks in, but that's not going to win EA many friends. What about freebies?
Ars Technica has learned that EA is offering a free game to people who pre-order Battlefield 3 on Origin. The choices are pretty decent ones, too: Mass Effect 2, Dead Space 2, and Medal of Honor. Naturally, the freebies are tied to the Origin service, which sells them separately for around $20 each.
There's an air of desperation surrounding EA's efforts to coax gamers to use Origin, but I suppose a free game offer beats strong-arm tactics. EA certainly isn't above forcing the issue on other fronts—Battlefield 3 will require an Origin account even if you download the game from another service or buy the retail version. If you're going to need Origin anyway, I suppose you might as well get a free game out of the deal. Make up your mind soon, because the offer runs out at the end of the month.
|1. Ryszard - $603||2. Hdfisise - $600||3. Andrew Lauritzen - $502|
|4. Redocbew - $350||5. the - $306||6. SomeOtherGeek - $300|
|7. chasp_0 - $251||8. Ryu Connor - $250||9. mbutrovich - $250|
|10. aeassa - $175|
|Qualcomm demonstrates 24-core ARM server SoC||23|
|Archos' GranitePhone is a new spin on the secure Android device||4|
|Report: PC shipments fell 7.7% year-on-year in the past quarter||48|
|Deals of the week: an ultrawide FreeSync monitor and more||16|
|Thursday Night Shortbread||18|
|MSI puts mobile Quadros to work in its WS60 and WT72 notebooks||4|
|HP's Envy 32 display blends FreeSync and living-room DNA||16|
|Prepare for the wasteland with Fallout 4's system requirements||60|
|Green means gaming on HP's updated Pavilion notebooks||19|
|It's almost as if the company held a big event this morning! ;)||+62|