First Transformers: War For Cybertron DLC Contains All Three Preorder Characters

Folks who spent up to $US100 for War for Cybertron preorder codes on eBay are going to kick themselves, as a listing on the Xbox website for the game's first map pack indicates that all three preorder characters are included.

This is why we don't buy preorder codes on eBay Released just last week and garnering surprisingly positive reviews, Transformers: War for Cybertron features a robust multiplayer component. To entice players to reserve copies at Best Buy, Amazon.com, and GameStop, Activision supplied retailer-exclusive preorder codes that unlocked Shockwave, Demolishor, and Jazz character models for online play.

Earlier this week we ran a story on the outrageous prices players were paying for these character codes on eBay.

Now Kotaku reader ChrisRiss points us to a listing that recently appeared on the UK version Xbox.com for the prepaid code version of "Map and Character Pack #1" for the game. The listing indicates the pack contains two new maps for standard multiplayer, two Escalation mode maps, and five new characters for online multiplayer, including the three preorder bonuses.

Become the ultimate weapon and wage war in four new maps – engage in multiplayer combat in HAVOC and FORTRESS or fend off waves of Autobots in DISTRICT, and Decepticons in FORSAKEN, two new Escalation mode maps. Also gain access to 5 characters and their chassis for use in Escalation mode and Multiplayer character creation; SCATTERSHOT, ONSLAUGHT, DEMOLISHOR, SHOCKWAVE and JAZZ are ready for battle. Fight to the end in the war that started it all! There are no refunds for this item.

Mind that last sentence there, eBayers: "There are no refunds for this item."

Mind you this isn't the official listing for the DLC pack you will be buying whenever Activision decides to release it, but it seems unlikely that the text included in the listing is merely placeholder. Activision could still remove the three preorder characters before the pack is released, though that doesn't seem likely.

Plus, there's no price listing, though I'm guessing it'll go for a lot less than the $US100 people were paying for Demolishor at the world's largest online auction house.

We've reached out to Activision for comment on this story, and will update should we receive a response.


Comments

    I got Jazz and Shockwave as part of my EB pre-order but yeah I suspected they where coming. Onslaught must be another Decepticon leader class (Truck) since they only have one, the concept art shows two and it matches his traditional form.

    Transformers Universe or Classic 2.0 released him as a S.W.A.T. Van.

    And the Autobots need another tank, but for the life of me I can't think who Scattershot is.

      Scattershot is a homage to Scattorshot from the Transformers: Cybertron series from 2005.

      http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Scattorshot_%28Cybertron%29

        Thanks for the reminder, I even have that toy somewhere (small one) seems like he'll end up an Autobot Tank, which is good because they only had one.

        Although the concept art shows Zeta Prime to have a Tank vehicle mode.

    HAHAHAHA! poor bastards XD

    Another example of how video game marketing fucks the hard core crowd with "exclusive offers". Some fans would have a strong desire to have all three pre-order characters but the only known way is to get one for each pre-order. Without Activision letting players know that the 3 preorder characters will be later made available in a download pack, a secondary market is created where people either pre-order three copies of the game or turn to exploitative ebay deals.

    Marketers need to be very clear about whether content like this is exclusive to a pre-order or will later be available as DLC. It's not enough to say they didn't say it was exclusive, without knowledge of an alternative means of obtaining them the player is faced with a gamble; pay exorbitant prices now or risk never getting them at all.

    ArenaNet did the same thing with Guild Wars: Eye of the North and the "online purchase" Bonus Mission Pack - and it pissed a lot of players off. Many of them refuse to have anything to do with the company after that marketing screw over.

      "Another example of how video game marketing fucks the hard core crowd with “exclusive offers”. Some fans would have a strong desire to have all three pre-order characters but the only known way is to get one for each pre-order. Without Activision letting players know that the 3 preorder characters will be later made available in a download pack, a secondary market is created where people either pre-order three copies of the game or turn to exploitative ebay deals.

      Marketers need to be very clear about whether content like this is exclusive to a pre-order or will later be available as DLC. It’s not enough to say they didn’t say it was exclusive, without knowledge of an alternative means of obtaining them the player is faced with a gamble; pay exorbitant prices now or risk never getting them at all."

      Except this is exactly why marketers DO NOT want to be clear about whether content like this is exclusive to a pre-order or will later be available as DLC -- without a definite decision made, they have more options and can maximize their income. Keep in mind the primary goal of the company as a whole is to make money. Making gamers happy is incidental and secondary, although beneficial.

      1) pre-order bonus offered, no mention of if bonus may ever be available through other means:
      Those that want the bonus will pre-order the game, increasing release-day profits. Later on the company can release the bonuses as a DLC for additional profits.

      2) pre-order bonus offered, explicitly states alternate method of acquisition:
      Pre-order numbers decreased from #1 value by the number of pre-orders made specifically for the bonus. Lower initial profits unlikely to be equalled by potential growth in DLC profits.

      3) pre-order bonus offered, explicitely states no alternate method of acquisition: Pre-order numbers not significantly increased from #1 values, later DLC profits shrink due to inability to add bonus into DLC.

      So it is clearly and unquestionably in the company's interest to not state if a pre-order bonus is, will, or will not become available through another method, such as through the course of gameplay or as DLC content.

      However, I would submit to you that because it is not stated one way or the other in #1, it is unfair to say the 'hard core crowd' got 'fucked over' -- I mean, you got your bonus before it became available through DLC, and getting something FIRST does come with an opportunity cost attached.

      As for the gamble of paying exorbitant prices for pre-order bonus codes when there was no DLC announced -- there's nothing unfair here, really. Those people took a gamble, and they lost. That's what sometimes happens when you gamble -- heck, that's why it's called a gamble. The question that one should be asking is this: was having that extra character worth the price you paid? If not, why did you buy the code?

    " cheese
    July 6, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    Another example of how video game marketing fucks the hard core crowd with “exclusive offers”. "

    IDK about f#*king ppl Cheese. I mean it stands to reason that they would release them for download sooner or later. Some ppl just had to pay for their impatience. If some ppl bought 3 copies of the game or paid ridiculous prices for the code on e-bay it is due to their own stupidity. Kudos to the guys smart enough to make a quick buck off their codes.

    is there also the same Transformers WFC DCL pack for PS3 aswell? Because i own PS3 only and don't own Xbox 360.

    But if that does happens to be available to PS3 aswell then all the PS3 owners who also have this Transformers WFC game including me will be really happy about it.

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