Today I opened up my sealed copy of Assassin’s Creed III Join or Die Edition. Yes, I know it’s been out for a while but I have such a huge number of games to play, I haven’t got to it till now.
As I pawed over the extra bits that came with it (a suede pouch with a metal emblem, and a cool journal and bookmark), I felt excited to play this next installment despite my annoyance at the changing of Desmond’s/Ezio’s face in the previous game (little did I know this was just foreshadowing of further horrors soon to be revealed!)
I thought I’d redeem the DLC codes before I loaded the game, given I’d probably need to download a bunch of updates, as that is usually the PSN’s wont. I opened up the PSN store and went to the Redeem Codes section, happily entering my code for the anticipated PS3 Exclusive Edition which Includes 60 Minutes of Exclusive Gameplay!!!11!eleventy!
“Code entered is invalid or has expired.”
I look at the tiny print underneath and see it says “expires 31 March 2013”. Well, that’s just great. The game had only been out for six months prior to that date! And people PAID more money for this edition so they would get that extra content. And now it’s expired and can’t be redeemed? But wait, that’s not actually true is it – because if you go onto the PSN store, there is the Benedict Arnold DLC in all its glory for the cool price of $7.45.
So riddle me this – why does a voucher for DLC expire when you have already bought it by getting the special edition of the game? Especially when the DLC is still available for purchase. Oh, and the other codes that came with the game, for extra weapons and outfits and even a couple of other missions… they don’t have an expiry date.
All this just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Whilst I acknowledge most people wouldn’t have this problem, as they generally play games as soon as they buy them, I am not most people and I want to be able to redeem my fricking codes if you can STILL BUY THE CONTENT IN STORE.
So I am feeling very irked by this experience and it has taken me another step towards the solidification of my ever-burgeoning hatred of special editions.