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Battlefieldo Threatening EA/DICE with 24 Hour Battlefield 3 Blackout

Posted on February 23, 2012 AT 06:55am

THE BUZZ: Major Battlefield 3 community site Battlefieldo has issued EA/DICE with an ultimatum, and if demands are not met a blackout will ensue.

Either EA and DICE start communicating with fans or “we’re going to black out the entire Battlefield [3] community for one day, 24 hours – no playing, no posting and no tweeting,” the site threatens.

“Why is it the studio that developed the game cannot communicate with the followers, fans and community of the very game they built?” asks Cory Niblett, managing director of Battlefieldo. ”The answer of course is Electronic Arts: we can’t get information or even acknowledgement about the issues we raise; patching schedules; game updates or even hints at downloadable content. Electronic Arts is too concerned with releasing information based on their precious yet inaccurate numbers that calculate the best times to release game updates and DLC. Not the community, not you, and certainly not me.”

The full ultimatum reads:

“We’re going to give Electronic Arts until Friday, 2nd March to announce the next major patch and the fixes that they have made, or are currently making. [And give]some acknowledgement of the outcry about the issues that are currently wrong with the game today.

“Or we’re going to black out the entire battlefield community for one day, 24 hours – no playing, no posting and no tweeting.”

“Silence fed right back into the mouths of those who have chosen to give us the very same silence. We’ll be waiting for you to give us our community back EA, and put it in the very capable hands of the people who developed and made the game.

“We don’t wait to make a list of demands, nor do we feel entitled or obligated to information. We want clarity, communication, open lines to the DICE developers – and community management.

“We want to be able to communicate with the game developers, and know that they hear us as a community and as people who made the effort to go out and purchase their game.”

The campaign is using the hashtag #BF3Blackout.

EGM’s TAKE: To be fair to DICE, it has communicated a number of upcoming changes to Battlefield 3, like these yesterday. The major problem is that it won’t say when these will be implemented, and every time someone asks they get the reply of “coming soon” or “in the coming weeks.” This has been going on for quite some time now. Even the major Battlefield 3 announcement that we were promised has been pushed back with no word of when we will hear it. Whether this threat will have any sort of effect is yet to be seen.

What do you think to the threat? Is it the right thing to do? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Battlefieldo

Matthew Bennett, Associate Editor
Matthew Bennett finally got his big break with EGM three years ago, following years of volunteer work for various sites. An ability to go many hours without sleep and a quick wit make him ideal for his role as associate editor at EGMNOW.com. He often thinks back to the days when the very idea of this career seemed like nothing but an impossible dream. Follow him on Twitter @mattyjb89. Meet the rest of the crew.

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