Recent changes to Battlefield Play4Free have left paying players rather irate.
For those of you who have not heard of Battlefield Play4Free, it is essentially a simplified Battlefield 2 that can be played for free. There is also a store where weapons, boosters and equipment can be bought for a mixture of ingame credits or bought ingame currency.
On the 1st of December attachments were added to the game, with the removal of the better paid for weapons. For players who had bought permanent weapons, this change meant they got attachments to make up for the loss of their old weapons. It was soon found that these 'legacy' attachments were too powerful and made the game more unbalanced (the game was already unbalanced by its nature). Therefore as of the 20th December, these 'legacy' attachments have been removed and replaced with weapons with +3 damage.
"What is the problem?" with that you may ask. "You still get a better weapon." Yes, we do. But there is more to virtual weapon than just damage. This nerf affected magazine capacity, deviation and range as well. These were not compensated for and are most certainly not made up for by about +1 damage (the old weapons did more damage anyway). The players who therefore permanently bought weapons no longer have what they bought.
Now, in the terms of service, EA hold the right to do this:
15. Updates to EA Services
IMPORTANT: EA MAY FIND IT NECESSARY TO UPDATE, OR RESET CERTAIN PARAMETERS TO BALANCE GAME PLAY AND USAGE OF EA SERVICES. THESE UPDATES OR "RESETS" MAY CAUSE YOU SETBACKS WITHIN THE RELEVANT GAME WORLD AND MAY AFFECT CHARACTERS, GAMES, GROUPS OR OTHER ENTITLEMENTS UNDER YOUR CONTROL. EA RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MAKE THESE UPDATES AND IS NOT LIABLE TO YOU FOR THESE CHANGES.
Sorry for the caps, they are not mine. Therefore legally (if a ToS counts) there is no recourse. It is however extremely bad customer service and morally does not seem, to me at least to be the right thing to do.
So, what does this forum think of such actions? EA doesn't necessarily have the best reputation and this isn't doing anything good for the free to play market reputation wise.
This thread is not for those who think "well that's what you get for playing an Easy/EA game", "well you shouldn't have bought something in a free game" o"haha, go play Battlefield 3. Why are you playing this game?!". That we played and bought virtual items in the game was our own choice and your opinions on if to do so was right or wrong are neither on topic nor wanted.
Can I just make it clear this is not a 'spread the word' thread. Yes I do play the game, have bought weapons and am annoyed, but that is not the reason for this thread.