Unfortunately, Battlefield 4 isn't going to be universally available for all AMD Radeon R9 GPU buyers.
Gamers looking to pick up a Radeon R9 series graphics card who are also interested in Battlefield 4 will be wise to know that its inclusion in the Never Settle Forever is not like the rest of AMD's game offers. Unfortunately for some early adopters, it appears that the Battlefield offer will not be anywhere near universal. AMD sent over a statement clarifying the situation:
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.
AMD did not provide a reason for why Battlefield 4 is being handled so differently. Based on AMD's comment about "contractual agreements with EA/Dice," it's entirely possible that EA put greater stipulations on how widely Battlefield 4 could be distributed in a bundle.
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