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Battlefield Heroes Goes Live

EA and DICE's wonderfully stylized, free-to-play shooter gets a soft launch.

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.

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Posted by Ryan

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.

Posted by Kibblez

Heroic!

Edited by LGJ

i have played the beta so it dont matter to me

Posted by CowMuffins

This is so cheesy. I love it.

Posted by monster9999

Ya the game is fun for sure but with three classes it definitely gets old quickly

Posted by smokeH

wow, kind of a similarity to team fortress no?

Posted by TheMustacheHero

This trailer is a whole lot better than the game itself.

Edited by AquaMaroon
So I followed the instructions to install it (aka allowed it to install an add-on to firefox and restarted the browser), but rather than installing the game files, I receive this error message:

"An error occurred: Could not find build."

Anyone else getting this?

@LGJ:
Failure.
Edited by Meltbrain

Huh, Firefox thought the Add-on was 4GB for some reason. Weird. Oh well, time to check this out!

... Error: Could not find build.

Yay!

Posted by Sniipe

Battlefield Heroes, heroes!

Edited by Linkyshinks

Meh, I thought it was dull myself, I would rather be playing other paid for games online, than wasting time with this on the evidence of the beta.

Commendable none the less.

Posted by Ivanetc

been in the beta for this for quite a while, and trust me once they add tons of content and polish shit up, this'll be a gem.

heaps of fun yessir!!!

Posted by SaucySala

I've been in the beta for a bit. Good to see it finally launching! Fun stuff.

Posted by Tovan

I've said it before but, the game would be so much more playable with a server browser. It is way too hard to find "playable" games right now.

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Posted by Omali
@smokeH: No.

I played the beta, it's nothing special. The original whistle trailer music was much better though, this just reminded me of Pokemon.
Posted by Rinkalicous

I played the Beta, and thought it was much better when you could choose from all the clothes for free and customise your character how you liked it. Now, it's way too much work, imo, to just get enough money to RENT a badass coat, let alone own it.

Posted by PapaLazarou

Thought it was a very poor boring game myself and I don't see the point in making a browser based game download to your client and start up there in forced fullscreen mode with no option of windowed. The whole point of a browser based free game is to play it in the browser like Quake Live.

Posted by Sanitysend

this game is actually pretty addicting haha

Posted by Johnny5

Im not a fan of the "digital renting" with real money. I mean... renting ....digital goods? God awful. Battlefield Heroes? pretty fun.

Posted by Out_On_Bail

For whatever reason I can't seem to get it to work.  "cannot find build" is what it says.  I guess this explains the soft launch, they new it would be hit or miss?  Anyone else have this problem that might be able to help me out?

Posted by JoelTGM

The game was fun, but in higher levels some abilities (like grenade spam) become too powerful, and you'll find yourself randomly being killed instantly.

Posted by Linkyshinks
@Meltbrain said:
" Huh, Firefox thought the Add-on was 4GB for some reason. Weird. Oh well, time to check this out!... Error: Could not find build.Yay! "

Try IE instead.. It seems to be having issues installing on the latest FF


I got that too, I thought WTF when I saw 4 Gig




Posted by Al3xand3r

I was getting the could not find build error until I actually logged in to the website before attempting to install it. I don't know if it's related or a coincidence though, I'm just saying what happened in my case.

Posted by Absurd

Meh, I'll download it one day when I'm bored.

Edited by Kohe321

This looks cool

Posted by Carlos

Love it!

Posted by MisterMollusk

where mah build?

Posted by Heartagram
@Out_On_Bail said:
" For whatever reason I can't seem to get it to work.  "cannot find build" is what it says.  I guess this explains the soft launch, they new it would be hit or miss?  Anyone else have this problem that might be able to help me out? "
Same exact thing is happening to me
Posted by AngeTheDude

Make sure you guys log in to your EA account before trying to install!

Posted by Tovan

Yeah, if you are getting cannot find build you need to log into the site before you press play. I'm not sure why but it works, happened to me as well.

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Edited by Seppli

Finally - I get to try out the MMOG style take on Battlefield combat. Might just be a nice replacement for Arathi Basin and the likes. Since I no longer am under the spell of WoW, there might be a place for this in my heart.

Posted by Al3xand3r

MMOG style?

Edited by FlipperDesert

Installing it now, no idea what it actually does. :D I had install problems as well, register first to install.

MysteriousFox was free for my hero's name, fuck yeah!

FunkyStudent was not. :(

Posted by Azteck

I was in the beta for a long time.. but after a while I just got frustrated with some aspects of it. It's a fun game though, and it lends for a lot of amusement. Especially if you have a friend in the game with you.

Posted by imayellowfellow

that vidoe is fucking sick

Posted by MetalGearSunny

I hope this gets Steam support soon....

Posted by StarFoxA

I hope it gets a Mac release.

Posted by Metal_Mills

God, that trailer was terrible. I'll try the game out though.

Posted by AngeTheDude

Great, now I can't even connect to the game.

Posted by VicRattlehead

i kept on getting 1002 errors when trying to play the beta....wonder if its been fixed

Posted by ZeroCast
@Linkyshinks said:
" @Meltbrain said:
" Huh, Firefox thought the Add-on was 4GB for some reason. Weird. Oh well, time to check this out!... Error: Could not find build.Yay! "
Try IE instead.. It seems to be having issues installing on the latest FF I got that too, I thought WTF when I saw 4 Gig "
I believe its a bug, realistically, its' only a few MBs in size, kind of surprised that they didn't even bother fixing it.
Posted by Aeterna

Fun trailer, doesn't beat Miniature Replica Soldier though!


The game's allright aswell. Played quite some hours in the beta.
Posted by AndrewB

If you're getting the "cannot find build" error, try Internet Explorer. It wouldn't work for me in FF. And yeah... the 4GB addon made me go "woah."

Posted by Oedipus

Dude, Team Fortress 2 might as well be free. It seems like every other weekend they have a 50% off sale for it. Not only that, but they keep giving you free content (wtf?) and you don't have to deal with micro transactions or ads. Plus, if you're a real winner like me, chances are you've milked that 10 dollar purchase of TF2 totally dry.

That being said, I'm excited to try out Battlefield Heroes.

Edited by Jiggah

It's not 4gb for sure.  It's probably only a couple of mbs and the installation itself is maybe 1-1.5 gb.

You need to log into the server before doing the installation.

The video is damn catchy.

Edited by Wolverine

It is pretty cool the the game is for free. I'd like to see some console games come out for free like this.

Edited by Crono

I too lack the ability to find "build" on either FF or IE

EDIT: Ok after trying a few more times and failing I came back here to read "make sure ur logged in" and voila, it works! Thx lil'bombers

Posted by dark_maggot

Loved that intro movie, but since I have Team Fortress 2 I really don't feel like playing this one.

Edited by Al3xand3r

Installation is less than 400MB actually. Nice little game, I like the commando class. Very nice visuals considering it's made for very, very low specs. They should add a few maps, unlock all the DLC, and put it on the Wii or something, I bet it'd sell. It looks a little like Battalion Wars 2.

It doesn't really feel like a Battlefield game to me, so far, but it's quite nice, chaotic fun.

Posted by Hoshnasi

I like the Pyro and Spy most.

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