Unlike its cartoon predecessor, however, Battlefield Play4Free promises photo-real characters, environments, weapons and maps which will take the genre “to the next level”. EA have also confirmed that it will also feature “signature” Battlefield vehicular warfare and some intense 32-player online battles along with sandbox gameplay if you’re into that sort of thing.
James Salt, Senior Producer for the game explains:
“We broke new ground in 2009 with the launch of Battlefield Heroes; a game that has 6M registered players worldwide. Now we are complementing that arcade shooter with a core, realistic Battlefield shooter experience that fans have been clamouring for.
“Battlefield Play4Free is for serious shooter fans who are looking for a premium – but free – experience that rivals top console titles.”
We’re still not quite convinced, but the game will include the most popular maps from Battlefield 2, combined ith some familiar classes and assorted weaponry from Battlefield: Bad Company 2, so it can’t be too shabby, right? Plus, there’s 16 vehicles on offer – the Mil Mi-28 attack helicopter (and its “nemesis”, the F35 VTOL jet fighter), plus the Russian T-90 main battle tank and the LSV light strike vehicle.
The whole thing will go live in spring 2011 (that’s spring in the northern hemisphere, around March/April next year, hopefully) – but the closed beta kicks off much sooner, on November 30th. If you want to get in on some Battlefield Play4Free action a little early, head to www.battlefield.play4free.com and sign up!