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Post by Dan @ 11:37pm 05/11/10 | 29 Comments
The recent rumblings from the EA machine have materialised as Battlefield Play4Free has now been revealed. While a formal announcement still appears to be forthcoming, the veil over an official website battlefield.play4free.com has been lifted to offer a teaser trailer featuring in-game action from the new FPS that bears a striking resemblance in many ways to the acclaimed Battlefield 2, to be released -- as the name suggests -- under a free to play business model.

We'll have more details once an official presser finds it way out, but until then check out the teaser trailer here on AusGamers and stop by the official site for a couple of screenshots.

Battlefield Play4Free appears to be PC targetted, with an closed beta test due to kick off soon.

Update: As promised, here's the official press release with some more details.
Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced Battlefield Play4Free, a deep PC shooter featuring signature Battlefield vehicular warfare, sandbox gameplay and intense 32-player online battles. With its advanced graphics, polished production values, depth and realism, Battlefield Play4Free takes the genre to the next level and is positioned to compete with top console titles. The game goes live in spring 2011. Players who wish to get in the game sooner can register today for the closed beta at www.battlefield.play4free.com.com which launches on Nov 30

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Combining the most popular maps from Battlefield 2 with the familiar classes and powerful weapons of Battlefield: Bad CompanyTM 2, players have access to 16 vehicles including the Mil Mi-28 attack helicopter, its nemesis the F35 VTOL jet fighter, the massive Russian T-90 main battle tank, and the hard to catch LSV light strike vehicle. Players progress through the game to learn new combat skills, and earn in-game currency to spend on a massive array of devastating weapons and equipment.





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FraktuRe
Posted 12:03am 06/11/10
Sooo... battlefield2 with an item shop then.
Zylox
Posted 12:10am 06/11/10
is there a problem with the press release link?
This and Homefront I am looking forward to.
infi
Posted 12:13am 06/11/10
I think we have moved on from there.
Bah
Posted 12:54am 06/11/10
and earn in-game currency to spend on a massive array of devastating weapons and equipment.
By earn they mean buy with real money, and by devastating weapons they mean devastating to people who don't spend money.
Trauma
Posted 01:37am 06/11/10
Pathetic.
Rawprawn
Posted 09:17am 06/11/10
Advanced graphics? The trailer makes it look like it belongs on a portable device.
Furthermore, I'm not sure I understand the point of this whole affair. So this is supposed to be one of those games where you're buying in game items with real credit, EA points or w/e? Just seems like a waste of time D:
Mordecai
Posted 11:17am 06/11/10
I do think that the name is a dig at Activision over Bobby Koticks suggesting Call of Duty should be pay to play. I mean if you had the choice of Battlefield Play4free or CoD Pay2play what would you choose?
Trauma
Posted 11:52am 06/11/10
I do think that the name is a dig at Activision over Bobby Koticks suggesting Call of Duty should be pay to play. I mean if you had the choice of Battlefield Play4free or CoD Pay2play what would you choose?

CoD Pay2Play. I'm totally against the Pay2Win business model.

(I think this has be discussed but it would have to be one deep ass MMO to justify it.)
reLapse
Posted 12:15pm 06/11/10
Kotick is definitely going to hell and that's got Satan scared.
Enska
Posted 12:42pm 06/11/10
haha, flashback to south park movie with Kotick added in as well.
skythra
Posted 01:13pm 06/11/10
People who want items that can guarantee virtual victory should stick to RPGs
TheFlyingEgg
Posted 04:33pm 06/11/10
Battlefield Heroes, which uses the same payment model, didn't restrict gameplay-affecting aspects to paying customers. It was mostly aesthetic, though it was -easier- for to gain access to items and such by paying. I imagine they will follow that example here.

What concerns me about this release is the apparent lack of new content. Game design and maps are recycled from BF2, sounds from BC2, etc. I suspect it may prove little more than an elaborate advertising strategy for Battlefield 3.

But hey, it's free. You get your money's worth.
Nerfington
Posted 05:00pm 06/11/10
I loved the bf2 demo but couldn't afford the full version, this is pretty sweet if it means the same game will be back with a vengeance and free.
59fifty
Posted 05:10pm 06/11/10
I think company of heroes is trekking down the same path with their free to play version thats due out soon....

Seems like releasing the older version of the game for free will still capture a chunk of the market, and then you can drive people to the premium version of the game - ie Bad Company 2 in this case....

I'm sure there will be advertising of some sort in the game too - they will probably make a bucketload off this idea.
Articuz
Posted 09:56pm 06/11/10
will it be available for LAN play?
FraktuRe
Posted 10:07pm 06/11/10
I think company of heroes is trekking down the same path with their free to play version thats due out soon....


Yeah but the difference is that CoH Online has a huge amount of new content and such, It's not just a 5 minute hackjob for cash.
teq
Posted 10:43pm 06/11/10
wow, sounds like huge amounts of fail
surely only suckers fall for games that require you to keep spending money to keep playing
Spock
Posted 11:24pm 06/11/10
is it just me or was that music duke-Nukem-esque?
iJebus
Posted 12:08am 07/11/10
Not interested in the game, but I did enjoy the 'heavy' version of the Battlefield theme at the end of trailer.
BF-2 FanBoy
Posted 12:20pm 07/11/10
Ok, im going to say it but WHY NOT JUST PLAY BF2???????. It still has a strong community and since the lastest (and final) patch came out the expansion are now free. Pick up a copy for maybe 15 Bucks and get amongst it!.

The whole idea of BF is to EARN your weapons, NOT pay for them.
Nerfington
Posted 12:37pm 07/11/10
Are there still active servers in Australia?

but I did enjoy the 'heavy' version of the Battlefield theme at the end of trailer.

heh yeah, I loved it.
BF-2 FanBoy
Posted 12:49pm 07/11/10
Sure, Gamearena even still has a couple servers live, normaly very well populated
Nerfington
Posted 01:03pm 07/11/10
Thanks, might give it a whirl sometime.
Martz
Posted 11:35pm 07/11/10
I won't play BF2 cause I've played it to death but will give this a crack for the hell of it.
koopz
Posted 09:15am 16/12/10
I opened up the email and found this today:



might dl on the weekend.
natslovR
Posted 11:08am 16/12/10
Won't you be playing Vietnam instead?
koopz
Posted 11:24am 16/12/10
heh yeah.

gotta juggle BPF, BC2 and BC2V now :P
ctd
Posted 03:40pm 16/12/10
I installed and played it for 30 seconds... realised I would rather just play BC2 + BC2 expansion this weekend
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