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Battlefield Play4Free Announced, Coming In Spring 2011

Did you like Battlefield Heroes? Here's another game like that, except with maps and weapons from other Battlefield titles.

The same house that created Battlefield Heroes has moved on to full development of a new game in the Battlefield franchise, Battlefield Play4Free, a 32-man competitive shooter that combines "the most popular maps" from Battlefield 2 with the classes and weapons of EA DICE's Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

The name of the game and pedigree of the studio should let you in on the Play4Free's big twist: it's a persistent online shooter similar to Battlefield Heroes. By killing dudes and accomplishing other heroic Battlefield feats in Play4Free, you can level up and earn in-game money that you can then use to purchase weapons and items. Or, of course, you can use your real dough to accelerate this process, just like a free-to-play MMO.

EA is holding back other details at the moment, but if you want the skinny earlier than the rest of us, you could sign up for Play4Free's private beta, which is set to kick off on November 30. An open beta, as Big Download notes, is set to start in early 2011, while the final game will launch in spring 2011.



== TEASER ==Play4Free's development doesn't necessarily mean that Battlefield Heroes will no longer be supported. EA did a bit of damage control on the game's blog this week by announcing plans for new content and features for Heroes going forward. The post also says that EA hopes its "fans and community will play both."

But there is a obvious hope that Heroes players will migrate to Play4Free, as a recent post spends a lot of time talking about how Heroes players can get into the aforementioned Play4Free beta or receive special Play4Free perks. For example, anyone who wins a round of Heroes starting now is guaranteed a spot in the beta and will receive baubles in both games as a result (or vice versa). Here's the full list of cross-game stuff outlined in the post:

Between now and the start of the Battlefield Play4Free Open Beta:

  • Win at least one round in Battlefield Heroes and be guaranteed a spot in the Battlefield Play4Free Beta, so tell your friends and start playing!

Play in the Battlefield Play4Free Closed Beta AND win at least one round in Battlefield Heroes:
  • Get a special Battlefield Play4Free Closed Beta forum tag on Battlefield Heroes.
  • Get a special Battlefield Play4Free Closed Beta medal in Battlefield Heroes.
  • Get a special Battlefield Heroes medal in Battlefield Play4Free.
  • Get a special Battlefield Heroes forum tag on Battlefield Play4Free.

Play in the Battlefield Play4Free Open Beta AND win at least one round in Battlefield Heroes:
  • Get a special Battlefield Play4Free Open Beta forum tag on Battlefield Heroes.
  • Get a special Battlefield Play4Free Open Beta medal in Battlefield Heroes.
  • Get a special Battlefield Heroes medal in Battlefield Play4Free.
  • Get a special Battlefield Heroes forum tag on Battlefield Play4Free.

And here's the launch trailer. Those blood puffs are kinda cute aren't they?      
  
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Posted by BradNicholson

The same house that created Battlefield Heroes has moved on to full development of a new game in the Battlefield franchise, Battlefield Play4Free, a 32-man competitive shooter that combines "the most popular maps" from Battlefield 2 with the classes and weapons of EA DICE's Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

The name of the game and pedigree of the studio should let you in on the Play4Free's big twist: it's a persistent online shooter similar to Battlefield Heroes. By killing dudes and accomplishing other heroic Battlefield feats in Play4Free, you can level up and earn in-game money that you can then use to purchase weapons and items. Or, of course, you can use your real dough to accelerate this process, just like a free-to-play MMO.

EA is holding back other details at the moment, but if you want the skinny earlier than the rest of us, you could sign up for Play4Free's private beta, which is set to kick off on November 30. An open beta, as Big Download notes, is set to start in early 2011, while the final game will launch in spring 2011.



== TEASER ==Play4Free's development doesn't necessarily mean that Battlefield Heroes will no longer be supported. EA did a bit of damage control on the game's blog this week by announcing plans for new content and features for Heroes going forward. The post also says that EA hopes its "fans and community will play both."

But there is a obvious hope that Heroes players will migrate to Play4Free, as a recent post spends a lot of time talking about how Heroes players can get into the aforementioned Play4Free beta or receive special Play4Free perks. For example, anyone who wins a round of Heroes starting now is guaranteed a spot in the beta and will receive baubles in both games as a result (or vice versa). Here's the full list of cross-game stuff outlined in the post:

Between now and the start of the Battlefield Play4Free Open Beta:

  • Win at least one round in Battlefield Heroes and be guaranteed a spot in the Battlefield Play4Free Beta, so tell your friends and start playing!

Play in the Battlefield Play4Free Closed Beta AND win at least one round in Battlefield Heroes:
  • Get a special Battlefield Play4Free Closed Beta forum tag on Battlefield Heroes.
  • Get a special Battlefield Play4Free Closed Beta medal in Battlefield Heroes.
  • Get a special Battlefield Heroes medal in Battlefield Play4Free.
  • Get a special Battlefield Heroes forum tag on Battlefield Play4Free.

Play in the Battlefield Play4Free Open Beta AND win at least one round in Battlefield Heroes:
  • Get a special Battlefield Play4Free Open Beta forum tag on Battlefield Heroes.
  • Get a special Battlefield Play4Free Open Beta medal in Battlefield Heroes.
  • Get a special Battlefield Heroes medal in Battlefield Play4Free.
  • Get a special Battlefield Heroes forum tag on Battlefield Play4Free.

And here's the launch trailer. Those blood puffs are kinda cute aren't they?      
  
Posted by Dustpan

Derp

Posted by mattjam3000

Best thing about the trailer for this is the theme song

Posted by Valwryn
@JustTheDoctor
Derp
Inaightful
Posted by Dustpan
@Valwryn said:
" @JustTheDoctor
Derp
 Insightful"
Fixed*
Posted by fisk0

Has the return of sir Nukem also finally inspired the return of the non-cinematic video game soundtrack?

This rendition of the Battlefield theme sounded very Duke Nukem-y, and though generic, I like it a lot more than all the generic EPIC CINEMATIC ORCHESTRAL MOVIE SOUNDTRACK that every game since 2003 has been plagued with.

Posted by yindotrunks

I'll try it.

Posted by Valwryn
@JustTheDoctor
@Valwryn said:
" @JustTheDoctor
Derp
 Insightful"
Fixed*
You would think that with all the autocorrecting my phone does when I don't want it to. It would be able to catch something like that pretty easily.
Posted by LordMalvern
@mattjam3000: Seriously, I want an MP3 of that thing. Best remix of the Battlefield theme I've heard in a while. 
Posted by Three0neFive

Every bit of news coming out of EA makes me less and less confident that BF3 won't just be another Call of Duty clone.

Posted by Donos

Um... problem:
 
" you could sign up for Play4Free's private beta, which is set to kick off on November 30. An open beta, as Big Download notes, is set to start in early November 2011, while the final game will launch in spring 2011"
 
So... the private beta is going down a year before the open beta, which will be half a year after the game launches? Can someone give me a correction?

Posted by MikkaQ

Cool, but I'll probably stick with battlefield 2 itself, or bad company 2. This hybrid isn't exactly filling any gaps in my battlefield needs. 

Posted by CookieMonster

but wasn't Battlefield Heroes not very good? And didn't you have to use actual money to get anywhere with that game?

Posted by madroxcide

Why do they keep announcing stuff with battlefield except what everyone actually wants.... 

Posted by patrick
@CookieMonster said:
" but wasn't Battlefield Heroes not very good? And didn't you have to use actual money to get anywhere with that game? "
Heroes was a third person game that was pretty arcadey, this gameplay is already based off a known quantity. And not quite, but benefits from paying is the way all of these free to play games  work.
Posted by Osiris

Looks alright, will give it a "shot"!

Posted by l3illyl3ob

That map looks like Strike at Karkand, aka best battlefield 2 map (they just have to do something to balance out the bridge chokepoint...)

Posted by ComradeKritstov
@Donos said:
" Um... problem:
 
" you could sign up for Play4Free's private beta, which is set to kick off on November 30. An open beta, as Big Download notes, is set to start in early November 2011, while the final game will launch in spring 2011"  So... the private beta is going down a year before the open beta, which will be half a year after the game launches? Can someone give me a correction? "
According to the Big Download article he sourced, the open beta is coming early 2011.
Posted by Creigz
@mattjam3000: very possibly, but it's a new battlefield, I like that.
Posted by MeatSim

Awful name but cool.

Posted by Nadafinga

I wish EA would concentrate their resources on their current products, not keep spreading themselves so thin across so many others, namely BC2 and the vietnam expansion.

Edited by KnifeySpoony

When I heard they were announcing a new Battlefield I was hoping it would be 1942 for free (with updated graphics). A bit bummed, but this doesn't look bad.

Posted by FuzzYLemoN

I really hope this is nothing like Battlefield Heroes.

Posted by n4642j@gmail.com

Guys this is battlefield 2 wtf

Posted by zombie2011

They are doing to much with the Battlefield name, it seems like every FPS coming out of EA has something to do with Battlefield or Dice.

Posted by Babylonian

Wait, so if Free To Play abbreviates to F2P, then this game is... F2P4F?

Posted by Daggith

Pretty cool. I spent many hours playing Strike at Karkand. I really just want to see BF3 though.

Posted by bayfield

This looks awesome O_O

Posted by Cybexx

So this is separate from Battlefield 3? Interesting, EA continues this effort to throw everything at the wall at once with Battlefield and a surprising amount of it is sticking.

Posted by Radar

EA REALLY wants in that microtransaction/ad supported market that Zynga is dominating in

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Posted by Jayross

Very good music. 
 
@Nadafinga said:

" I wish EA would concentrate their resources on their current products, not keep spreading themselves so thin across so many others, namely BC2 and the vietnam expansion. "
DICE isn't developing this game, it's an entirely different studio. Also, the game is meant for a way different audience.
Posted by Aureoloss
people are going to play this? why not go for bf2 or bad company 2 and get a full experience for a one time fee? bad company 2 is pretty cheap right now anyway, and playing those micro-transaction games always sucks if you don't pay for the items, so you might as well buy bc2 or simply bf2.
Posted by zaglis
@n4642j@gmail.com said:
" Guys this is battlefield 2 wtf "
Except its 32 players and running on the crap BC2 engine.
Posted by Advertisement

Cmon Bf2 is like, 10 bucks. just go buy it and get a good game

Posted by MacGeorge

YAY!!! CRAPPY FREE VERSION OF BF2!!!!!!
Posted by Novyx

To everyone wondering why to play this game: go play BFH sometime. It's nice and relaxed, because you're only playing against idiots. The better question is why not play it?

Posted by DonPixel
@madroxcide said:
" Why do they keep announcing stuff with battlefield except what everyone actually wants....  "
I know right? I have say as much as I dislike COD gameplay Activision is doing less of than stupid job with the COD name, EA/DICE are cheaping battlefield name a la Tony Hawk 
Posted by Weltal

What a terrible name. Other then that it's neat I guess? I think I'd rather just pay $60 upfront for a more quality game, though. At least, if Heroes was any indication.

Posted by mosdl
@l3illyl3ob said:
" That map looks like Strike at Karkand, aka best battlefield 2 map (they just have to do something to balance out the bridge chokepoint...) "
All the assets and models seemed to be from BF2, so taking the maps only makes sense.  This looks like BF2 code being reused for this.
Posted by bwmcmaste
@madroxcide said:
" Why do they keep announcing stuff with battlefield except what everyone actually wants....  "
Because, you don't tell EA what you want; they tell you what you want.
Posted by ErEl

It's basically a stripped down Battlefield 2 - or at least that's what it looks like. If you already have BF2 there really is no point in getting this.

Posted by Dinoracha

Free game; can't really complain, if you think about it. No doubt they'll pull other F2P's and make 'elite' stuff achievable through paying real money at launch, but it's still a free game.

Posted by Greenshoes

Yeah, Strike at Karkand!

Posted by Colin

I think I'd rather just play Battlefield 2...

Posted by AURON570

may as well just go buy BF2, i mean it's practically free by now right?

Posted by Bloodgraiv3

Could be fun, Ill try it. 
Edited by Kyle

Probably a much smarter move to put "play4free" in the title. Might not be elegant, but it certainly gets the point across.

Posted by VibratingDonkey
Redesigned BF2 maps with destructible buildings would be kind of neat, but that's not what this is unfortunately. 
 
For a F2P game it sounds quite...normal, I guess. It is a bit weird though because, if you like these kind of games, wouldn't you already own BF2? In which case, why would you be interested in playing a gimped version of it?
Posted by Rattle618

I have 10 bucks that say they are going to fuck this one up even worse than bf heroes.

Edited by Branthog

I'd rather just pay the $50-$60 and have it over with. 
 
They're clearly prepping a new generation of gamers for BF3, at least.

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