As of late Electronic Arts has been on a pretty good path. This generation they’ve managed to change their reputation from being the “evil empire” that gamers across the globe hate and are now a company known for producing quality games such as Dead Space.
There have been a few minor mis-steps such as the fervor that was raised when weapons for Battlefield: Bad Company were planned to be sold as DLC but EA was smart and listened to the gamers and made the weapons free. Today’s news concerning Army of Two: The 40th Day makes it look like EA could be reverting to their old ways.
EA has announced today that those who do not pre-order Army of Two: The 40th Day will be locked out from accessing the games new multiplayer mode Extraction. Players will still be able to do some buddy co-op action and enjoy the three additional mp modes but if you wanted to play the new team mode in which you and three additional friends take on endless waves of enemies through the war torn streets of China then you’re s#!t out of luck and will have to wait until February to access the mode.
I’m all for pre-order goodies like multiplayer weapons or early demo/beta access but locking out an entire mp mode is just lame and it’ll just alienate and piss off gamers.