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Battlefield Play4Free "deeply connected" to Battlefield 3

by Steven Williamson on 8 November 2010, 09:07

Tags: Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA), FPS

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Fresh from its work on the cartoon-style, free to play, first person shooter, 'Battlefield Heroes,' EA’s DICE studio is straight back into the thick of it working hard on development of a new Battlefield spin-off that will also adopt the free to play model.

The most interesting thing about ‘Battlefield Play4Free,’ however, is that it will be a fully-fledged, first person shooter that boasts realistic graphics and a modern day storyline that follows Russian and U.S. forces warring over high-tech weaponry and equipment. EA says that the new game is “serious, realistic, violent and gritty,” the exact opposite of the “light-hearted, arcade-like” gameplay of Battlefield Heroes.

EA also claims that ‘Battlefield Play4Free’ will feature the best of the Battlefield series, including: hosting for up to 32 players, the same weapons, equipment, factions and classes that we know and love, and even some of the maps from classic Battlefield games, such as Strike At Karkand from 'Battlefield 2.'

Anyone worried that the arrival of ‘Battlefield Play4Free’ will signal an end to 'Battlefield Heroes,' needn’t be. EA has assured the community that the cartoon shooter will continue to run as normal and both games are equally important to them. It’s going to be really interesting to see the quality of 'Battlefield Play4Free' compared to the upcoming full release of 'Battlefield 3' (yet to be given a release date.) EA has actually said the two bear some similarities.

“Like our connections with Battlefield Heroes, we are working on deep connections between Battlefield Play4Free and the upcoming Battlefield 3. If you plan to play Battlefield 3, we would advise you get into Battlefield Play4Free at the earliest opportunity!!”

Now that sounds very tempting, and our first impressions from the opening trailer (below) are also very good.


‘Battlefield Play4Free’ will apparently boast low system specs so that most people can play it, yet EA still claims that we’ll be able to enjoy it in full HD. Information on the closed beta reveals a November 30, 2010 start date with the open beta phase starting early next year. It's one to keep an eye for sure, and might even be the perfect aphrodisiac before the arrival of Battlefield 3.


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the video looks very much like BF2
Boon72
the video looks very much like BF2

Which makes it a good thing.
32 players… I really really hope they do at least 64 players for BF3. Really had nothing give me that kind of ‘massive battle experience’ since I stopped playing project reality (BF2 mod). even ARMA2 didn't pull it off imo.
G4Z
32 players… I really really hope they do at least 64 players for BF3. Really had nothing give me that kind of ‘massive battle experience’ since I stopped playing project reality (BF2 mod). even ARMA2 didn't pull it off imo.

Joint ops with upto 150 was awesome. Ahead of its time, shame they never made another game
I wonder how much of it will be used to test out concepts for BF3, without making it obvious..sure that there will be many similarities under the hood.

Gotta hope that they don't decide 32 players is a good limit also..its just not enough for battlefield, which is really about 64+ servers imo.