The update actually has a large amount of paid unlocks, mainly focusing on kits and vehicle unlocks. The full list of items, along with their price and descriptions is given below:
- Kit Shortcut Bundle ($24.99) Unlocks all items unique to the four playable classes
- Vehicle Shortcut Bundle ($17.99) Unlocks all vehicle upgrades
- Assault Kit Shortcut ($6.99) Unlocks all items unique to the Assault class
- Engineer Kit Shortcut ($6.99) Unlocks all items unique to the Engineer class
- Support Kit Shortcut ($6.99) Unlocks all items unique to the Support class
- Recon Kit Shortcut ($6.99) Unlocks all items unique to the Recon class
- Air Vehicle Shortcut ($9.99) Unlocks all items for all air vehicles
- Ground Vehicle Shortcut ($9.99) Unlocks all items for all ground vehicles
- Co-op Weapons Shortcut ($4.99) Unlocks all weapons otherwise unlocked via co-op play
- The Ultimate Bundle ($39.99) Unlocks all items from all other shortcut packs
On top of this, there is also a new rent-a-server option available in the update. For $1.49 / $6.99 / $24.99 / $64.99, you can have your own server for 1 / 7 / 30 / 90 days.
But what good is an update that forces one to pay for its features? Well, the update actually does have a massive amount of ‘free’ in-game fixes and enhancements, including Wake Island’s five flag layout. But due to the big fixes, PS3 players also have to re-download Back to Karkand.
The full list of the updates/fixes is available on the Battlefield Blog. Go through it if you’re a geek and have a few hours to spare.
Personally, for me, this paid unlock feature is inappropriate. That’s because it is unfair to the players who have spent hours and hours playing the game to unlock the features that can now be unlocked by a level 1 player with a bit of cash.
What’s your take on this strategy?