There's been a lot of tiny pieces of info coming out of conference call/webcast that Activision held for analysts this week. One of the more ire-inducing bits was the notion of multiple tiers of downloadable content for Treyarch's upcoming shooter, Call of Duty: World at War.
But either the real plans for COD: World at War were garbled in transmission or there's been a quick turnaround by Activision, as Treyarch's community manager has posted to the official COD site with a clarification on "Day One Advantage" content.
While it will give a bonus to some players, this will merely be a set of early unlocks for players who pre-order the game or buy the collector's edition. Pre-order players will receive a high-end rifle and CE players will get early access to a long machine gun. Both items will be unlockable by normal players as they gain experience points and levels in the game.
So this is a little lower on the Battlefield: Bad Company Evil Marketing Plan meter than it previously seemed. I don't know about you, but I tend to stick with the early game guns in Call of Duty 4, and mere access to weapons didn't seem to give players an advantage in that game. If Treyarch is sticking close to the COD4 blueprint on things like that, it shouldn't be any different.
Look for more information on pre-order programs and such as the game's November release date approaches.