Keeping future Bad Company 2 maps free is “crucial”

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 developer DICE doesn’t ever want to release paid-for multiplayer maps for their latest, senior producer Patrick Bach says. Splitting the community in that way would be a “crucial” misstep, he’s convinced.

“We don’t ever want to charge for our maps and insisted to EA that this attitude was crucial when it came to keeping our community happy and playing together,” he’s told Xbox World 360 magazine.

“We’re owned by EA but we’re still very much DICE.”

The words come a day after direct competitor Modern Warfare 2 received the 1200 Microsoft Point ($15) Stimulus Package; “a worthwhile investment,” according to Infinity Ward.

But, while it may not be new maps, Bad Company 2 is said to have paid downloadable content as well. In fact, there will be “multiple opportunities to spend five, 10 or 15 dollars on additional content in the next six months or so,” EA CFO Eric Brown said earlier in the month.