We are also thrilled to announce the beginning of pre-orders for Battlefleet Gothic: Armada. In order to reward the commitment of players who will support us during the pre-order phase, and those who will join the community during the first couple of months following the game's launch, we decided to offer to these "early adopters", for free, an additional faction - the Space Marines - which will be available to play a few weeks after launch.
This additional faction will be playable in battles played in both Multiplayer modes and in skirmish against the AI. Players who pre-order the game will also receive access to the Multiplayer Beta, that will start a few weeks before the official launch.
Feel free to point out how this entire statement isn't ambiguous. It's simply for those who pre-order. In the pre-order phase. Which is before the game is released. Who also can blame people who pre-ordered, and got into the beta, as people who pre-ordered are promised, to also expect the other things promised to those who pre-order? It's not about reading the "fine print", because there is no fine print to read. "Pre-order" is a pretty unambiguous statement. The ambiguity comes from now saying, "Weelllllll only from certain vendors". Seeing as how it was never explicitly stated, or even mentioned in their own announcements, I don't see why it's unreasonable for people to be upset. It is also true, that Tinaldos may not have a real grasp of whats going on with distribution.
All I'm saying is some people are going to feel burned. Since I have no way of knowing who bought the game on Steam proper vs places like GMG, I have no idea if this is a big deal or not, but I certainly remember the DLC shenanigans that sunk Evolve and I'd hate to see the games' publicity damaged over something like this.