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BF Heroes Pushed Back to '09, Still Looking Goofy

Free-to-play slapstick shooter won't drop till next year, but you'll have another shot at the beta before then.

Silly cartoon dudes offing each other never gets old.
I don't know why exactly, but I very quickly went from hating on Battlefield Heroes for ripping off Team Fortress 2's cartoonish art style to being really stoked for the game. For one thing, Heroes is pretty fun and extremely easy to get into. The mechanics are classic Battlefield, and the visual style and sound effects are silly and endearing. I loved the hell out of Battlefield 1942, but the series started to lose me as it relied more and more heavily on complicated command hierarchies, persistent character leveling, and other complexities. It all got a little too serious. I just want to drive around in a tank blowing up other tanks, ride on airplane wings, spam grenades everywhere--and laugh at the amusing moments that arise from that kind of gameplay. Heroes seems to be getting back to that original anything-goes Battlefield spirit.

More than anything though it's Heroes' combination of "runs well on anything" and "free" that really gets its hooks in me.

Anyway, back in May EA was saying Heroes would be going into beta in the early summer months and then transitioning into full public release later in the fall. The beta started up as scheduled, and EA was hot to talk about the ludicrous number of hours the current crop of 10,000 beta testers have logged in the last few weeks (something like two years' worth of game time). Wide release for Heroes, unfortunately, has been pushed back into the early part of next year. That will at least give the team more time to add in new stuff. For instance, new maps and more kinds of vehicles will be rolled into the beta later this winter.

EA was making some bold predictions about the game's success yesterday, saying it expects Heroes to be the most widely played game on the Internet after it launches. That just sounds nuts. Perhaps they haven't heard of World of Warcraft or Counter-Strike? Then again, neither of those games are completely free, and Heroes looks like it's bringing a pretty robust set of features to the table for the whopping price of zero dollars.

If you're jonesing to play some Heroes like I am, you can at least take heart that EA and DICE will be widening the beta by a healthy margin in the next few months, with the player base expanding to 50,000 people drawn from community signups. Keep your eyes on the game's official site for a chance to get in early. We're hoping to get press access to the game in the near future so I'll talk about the gameplay in more depth soon.

Are any of you readers in the beta already? How are you liking the game? Brad Shoemaker on Google+
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Posted by Brad
Silly cartoon dudes offing each other never gets old.
I don't know why exactly, but I very quickly went from hating on Battlefield Heroes for ripping off Team Fortress 2's cartoonish art style to being really stoked for the game. For one thing, Heroes is pretty fun and extremely easy to get into. The mechanics are classic Battlefield, and the visual style and sound effects are silly and endearing. I loved the hell out of Battlefield 1942, but the series started to lose me as it relied more and more heavily on complicated command hierarchies, persistent character leveling, and other complexities. It all got a little too serious. I just want to drive around in a tank blowing up other tanks, ride on airplane wings, spam grenades everywhere--and laugh at the amusing moments that arise from that kind of gameplay. Heroes seems to be getting back to that original anything-goes Battlefield spirit.

More than anything though it's Heroes' combination of "runs well on anything" and "free" that really gets its hooks in me.

Anyway, back in May EA was saying Heroes would be going into beta in the early summer months and then transitioning into full public release later in the fall. The beta started up as scheduled, and EA was hot to talk about the ludicrous number of hours the current crop of 10,000 beta testers have logged in the last few weeks (something like two years' worth of game time). Wide release for Heroes, unfortunately, has been pushed back into the early part of next year. That will at least give the team more time to add in new stuff. For instance, new maps and more kinds of vehicles will be rolled into the beta later this winter.

EA was making some bold predictions about the game's success yesterday, saying it expects Heroes to be the most widely played game on the Internet after it launches. That just sounds nuts. Perhaps they haven't heard of World of Warcraft or Counter-Strike? Then again, neither of those games are completely free, and Heroes looks like it's bringing a pretty robust set of features to the table for the whopping price of zero dollars.

If you're jonesing to play some Heroes like I am, you can at least take heart that EA and DICE will be widening the beta by a healthy margin in the next few months, with the player base expanding to 50,000 people drawn from community signups. Keep your eyes on the game's official site for a chance to get in early. We're hoping to get press access to the game in the near future so I'll talk about the gameplay in more depth soon.

Are any of you readers in the beta already? How are you liking the game?
Posted by Salabrin

I have a beta account :D

Posted by p4ddym1607

If it is completely free to play then i am on board

Posted by Lepuke

On the bright side there are lots of great downloadable games still on the way this year.
This one looks like its going to be good though.

Posted by Derios

Free to play sounds good.

Posted by Mitsune

Mmmm, things taste better when they're free. I can't wait for this to be released.

Posted by Kohe321

Can't really say I care about bf heroes much, on the other hand I am REALLY looking forward to bf3.

Posted by TheAdmin

how are they doing free? this is EA, they don't do "free"... there's gotta be some catch to this.

Posted by TheGTAvaccine

Yeah, I'm pretty excited for some BF: Heroes.

Posted by Riicochet

need in the beta -_-

Posted by GalvanizedNails

i really want to be in the beta, but from the looks of their site, the main way they are giving away beta keys is the first 20 people to comment on any article they post on the site gets a key, and i would rather not camp a site that only gets updated once every week or so. Still i would love to get in the beta, and im sure ill play it, whenever teh full release happens

Posted by Paul

I really liked 1942, and this looks like a throwback to it. As you concluded, this looks cool. 

Posted by fox01313

After looking at the customization video & being a fan of the Battlefield series that I've played (2 & Bad Company) as well as the TF2 art style, this game looks like it will rock if it keeps with the Battlefield gameplay. I think that the option to be a gunner on a P51 Mustang by sitting on the wings is a great option & the customization looks like it will be fun to play around with.

Posted by Schizoid

Didn't the beta sign-up website get hacked and a ton of user details get leaked? Don't think I'll be signing up for that one!

Posted by Trilogy

Can't go wrong with free.

Posted by viking

"Didn't the beta sign-up website get hacked and a ton of user details get leaked? Don't think I'll be signing up for that one! "
Oh no! A lot of important user details.. pfft... What in the world would people do with that kind of user details? Spam your e-mail? Admire your computer specs? Come on! That's just ridiculous!

Posted by xruntime

It's going to be a tight one between this and Quake Live.

I'd say since this one is going to get delayed Quake Live will probably have a bigger community. It's going to be somewhat like 360 and Wii, the Wii caught up in the long run, but early on since it was released earlier (and is for more hardcore gamers), the 360 had more people.

Posted by jyurakyumihawk

Looking at the gameplay, I still would like an optional first-person point of play.

Posted by slowpantz

for a free game I can wait

Posted by Milkman

I thought the game was free to play at first but then you need pay for additional content.

Posted by albedos_shadow
Posted by Bigeligens

I know EA said they were going to be macing more games for Mac so please tell me this is one of em...well is it?

Posted by elliminator

i have the beta and it is awesome

Posted by afterburner1978

I am in the beta. Its pretty cool, but like other browser based games (Im looking at you Gametap-launching Grimms Fairy Tales), it has trouble running on all my machines. I really like the vehicles!

Posted by Mexalen

I really do hope their "runs on everything"-policy includes Mac. I soooooo want to play that game.

Posted by coakroach

In the beta.
Shows promise, needs a lot of polish though and some gameplay tweaks.

Posted by SaucySala

I've been stoked about this game since they first announced it earlier this year.

Posted by MrCynical

To be honest nothing delay-wise could annoy me more than I am already after the HBP announcement. At least the BF Heroes delay is to ensure that the final product is better.

Posted by Brad

@Mexalen

I asked about a Mac version, they wouldn't commit to it. I'm guessing no. :(

Posted by whatisdelicious

No Mac version, no sale. Of course, that sale is free, so...

Well, I'd still like a Mac version. I hate having to go into Boot Camp just to play a game.

Posted by PrarieD0G

I feel the exact same thing about the Battlefield series. BF1942 is one of my favorite games of all time. Loved that game to death, and still play it every now and then. The newer ones just aren't doing it for me as much though. Still fun, but not the same. I can't wait for BF Heroes either.

Posted by Bergasa

For those who asked about how this game is free, I believe EA will be offering optional things for you to buy if you want (ie. new outfits for characters, etc.). I'm sure they have worked it out to be profitable in the end. It's neat though for players who don't want to do any of the microtransactions that they can still play for free.

Posted by TheHBK

There is no way it will be the number one game. The style just doesnt allow that.  I am not saying it wont be great, just not for everyone.