Battlefield 3 fans in Australia took to EA's official discussion channels in anger this past week over Battlefield 3 Premium's pricing for the PS3 in their country. Likely all too aware of the public outcry, EA has lowered the official price of BF3 Premium on the PSN to $64.95 AUD. Curiously, the advertised PS3 pricing of the title on certain EA pages was listed at a much lower $49.99 AUD.
While Australian gamers have long been accustomed to the bitter reality of how much more expensive games are in their market, BF3 Premium's original pricing attracted particular scorn. Despite advertised at the $49.99 AUD described above, PS3 gamers found that that price for their version was actually $79.99 AUD on the PSN. Furthermore, not only was the PS3 version of the title more expensive than the Xbox 360 and PC releases, but its higher pricing pretty much negated any of the discounts to current and upcoming content promised by EA during their E3 conference last week. It's worth noting that at 4000 MS Points (equivalent to $66 AUD), the Xbox 360 version was also more expensive than the PC release which ended up being the only platform in Australia where you could actually get the game for $49.99 AUD.
The PS3 price was lowered without an official announcement from EA as of yet, so it remains to be seen if it proves to be cold comfort for Australian gamers who already coughed up for the original price.