For those unsure which platform to get the game on, that's one hell of a sweetener, Battlefield 1943 being a great game in its own right.
Fast forward to today, though, and PS3 owners picking up Battlefield 3 have found that there's no Battlefield 1943 to be found. It's not on the disc.
In response to people taking to Twitter and saying "uh, where's Battlefield 1943", EA has said "In lieu of 1943 being available on disk for PS3 customers, EA has made all BF3 expansions available early to PS3 customers." So no BF1943 for you, then.
Yet the decision to release the DLC early for PS3 owners had already been made and announced in September. Which means there's nothing "in lieu" at all, since many PS3 owners had been expecting early DLC and a free game.
It sounds faintly ridiculous to be bitching about free/early stuff, I know, but then, when people pay money with expectations of content, they expect that content to be delivered. The least EA could have done was communicate properly in September the actual reason the DLC was coming early.