DICE fights Modern Warfare 2’s paid DLC with free content

The next round of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 VIP content will arrive on March 30, the same day as Modern Warfare 2‘s recently dated Stimulus Package, DICE has revealed.

The difference between the two: the BFBC2 DLC will heal players’ “mapathy” — as Infinity Ward calls it — free of charge.

“…these map packs are available at no extra cost, contradicting the industry standard and what our direct competitors are doing,” executive producer Karl-Magnus Troedsson said on the official Battlefield blog, clearly taking a swipe at the Infinity Ward shooter. “We’re dedicated to taking care of this product for a long time – helping you avoid “mapathy” without getting nickel-and-dimed.”

Fear not though, there’ll be plenty of nickel-and-diming in Bad Company 2‘s future as well as it too will be getting its fair share of paid DLC. There will be “multiple opportunities to spend five, 10 or 15 dollars on additional content in the next six months or so,” publisher EA’s chief financial officer Eric Brown said just yesterday.

For now though, the free VIP content will transform the Arica Harbor and Laguna Presa maps to be playable in Conquest and Rush modes, respectively.