A few days ago, AMD announced that the R9 290X, R9 290, R9 280X, R9 270X and R9 270 would all have Battlefield 4 bundled as a free game. However, that’s not quite the case.
Including free games with graphics cards has been all the rage lately with AMD’s Never Settle bundles and NVIDIA’s new Holiday Gaming Promo vying for the attention of gamers. The latest news about free titles came earlier this week when AMD announced that all R9-series cards would receive a free copy of Battlefield 4, a $60 value.
Now things have changed. AMD has sent out a statement that ultimately board partners will decide exactly which cards will receive this promotion and which will be left out. When taken at face value, this isn’t all that bad except a quick glance at Newegg and Amazon reveals very few R9-series SKUs actually include Battlefield 4. At the time of writing, nearly 48 hours after the program was supposed to start, only three SKUs actually have the free game promo while 40 or so others do not.
According to AMD, these numbers will improve over time but under no circumstance will EVERY R9-series part include Battlefield 4. This is important to remember before putting down money under the assumption there will be some extra value added. Supposedly this was all a miscommunication but the specter of a free game did positively impact a great number of R9 270 reviews.
AMD has also announced that they will be giving away 1000 free copies of Battlefield 4 over social media, though the exact details of how this will happen haven’t been published yet.
Below is AMD’s full press release explaining the situation.
An email sent to press that provided details on AMD’s Battlefield 4 promotion was not clear and has led to some confusion in the marketplace. It suggested that all customers who purchased an AMD Radeon R9 series graphics card on or after November 13, 2013 would receive a complimentary copy of Battlefield 4. While all AMD Radeon R9 series cards are theoretically eligible for the promotion (which is administered by AMD’s channel partners), retailers and add-in-board partners ultimately decide which select AMD Radeon R9 SKUs will include a copy of BF4.
As with all limited promotions, it’s important that customers ensure that the specific product they’re purchasing qualifies for the promotion, and that they’re buying from a participating retailer during the promotion period. Also, it is critical to note that this promotion is only valid while supplies last.
To make it easier for our community to identify bundled products, BF4-qualifying SKUs and promotions of which AMD is aware will be posted on the portal below over the coming days and weeks, as soon as AMD is advised of their activation by its channel partners. Check http://www.amd.com/battlefield4 for more details and for full promotion terms and conditions.
Here are two links with the Battlefield 4-enabled SKUs:
We’ve also received many inquiries via email and through Facebook and Twitter from customers who have already purchased an AMD Radeon R9 series graphics card, and are inquiring if the BF4 bundle will be made retroactive. Due to contractual agreements with EA/Dice, AMD was unable to make the BF4 promotion available before November 13th. However, as a gesture of goodwill towards our loyal fans, AMD will be giving away 1000 BF4 codes through our social media channels over the coming weeks. Details will be available soon at www.facebook.com/amdgaming and on www.twitter.com/amdradeon.