Free Battlefield 1943 Finally Coming for PS3 BF3 Owners

November 24, 2011Written by Sebastian Moss

After Sony promised a free copy of Battlefield 1943 with every PS3 version of Battlefield 3, some gamers were outraged when they discovered that instead of having an entire full game for free, EA announced that they will offer the Back to Karkand DLC a week earlier – but still would charge for the content. Thankfully, EA have finally made good on Sony’s promise, and will give you the PSN shooter for free later this month.

After stating that there have “been some misunderstandings,” EA revealed plans to let you download the WWII Battlefield game, possibly in response to the lawsuit filed by firm Edelson McGuire on behalf of PS3 Battlefield 3 owners, which claimed that EA “misled and profited from thousands of their customers by making a promise that they could not, and never intended, to keep.”

To get the game you won’t just be able to download it, and will have to jump through a few hoops:

  1. Activate your Battlefield 3 Online Pass for the PlayStation 3 using the voucher included in the game.
  2. Visit on or after the region specific dates outlined below and log in with your Origin ID and password, or sign up for Origin.
  3. Select your territory – vouchers do not work across regions.
  4. You will then receive a PlayStation 3 voucher for Battlefield 1943.
  5. Input your voucher into the PlayStation Network store.
  6. Download Battlefield 1943.

The 1943 code will be available on different dates, depending where you live. The portal to get the code will be available on, or after:

  • November 26th, 2011 for Europe.
  • December 10th, 2011 for America.
  • December 17th, 2011 for Asia and Japan.

Why EA took so long to come up with a way to get the game is rather odd, with any sales benefits for EA or Sony having been lost. What is also suspicious is how a similar problem happened with Saints Row 3 and a supposedly free copy of Saints Row 2, which was also promised at E3 2011 by Sony. In the end, THQ also provided the game, keeping true to the promise, but again after much confusion and a delay.

Did Sony promise free third-party content without actually asking the publishers? Let us know what you think in the comments below.