After a beta period that seemed about as long as the actual Great War, DICE and EA have finally made Battlefield Heroes live. It's kind of on the downlow at the moment, though, without any fanfare or press releases. Here's the official line from EA PR:
Battlefield Heroes is currently in soft launch. We'll have an official announcement soon.
I dabbled in the Battlefield Heroes beta a bit, and in addition to being pleasantly surprised by how sharp and easy-to-pick-up the action was, I think the art style and the general tone they've struck gives it a huge amount of personality. In a lot of ways, it's got a lot in common with Team Fortress 2, though with (presumably) less jars full of urine. Perhaps the most significant differentiator between the two is the fact that Battlefield Heroes is free-to-play, with EA making its money off advertising and microtransactions. My time with the live version of the game has been brief, but my snap impression is that there's a whole lot of fun to be had with this game for free. Since EA's not yet ready to start getting people pumped for Battlefield Heroes, I figured I'd lend a helping hand by reaching through your screen and punching you directly in the brain with this Saturday morning trailer. Once that gets your blood pumping, you can sign up to play Battlefield Heroes here , though keep in mind this is currently a Windows-only operation, and you'll need Internet Explorer or Firefox to get the party started.