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Post by trog @ 11:18pm 21/01/08 | 32 Comments
EA have announced a new title in the Battlefield series - Battlefield Heroes. From the press release:
Battlefield Heroes is a brand new game from the team behind Battlefield 1942(tm) and Battlefield 2(tm). It's fun cartoon-style graphics and gameplay caters to players of all skill levels. It is easy to pick up and play but with robust character customization and a deep online meta-game, gamers can spend hours building up their characters and conquering the world.
Oh yeh, and it's free, due "summer 2008" Euro-time, so we can expect it in the harsh Aussie winter.

The official site has a little bit more. There's only one piece of visual so far, a shot of the cover of a games mag. It's strangely reminiscent of something...



battlefield heroes





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Freewheelin
Posted 11:22pm 21/1/08
haha. bf games are already completely full of undesirables. bringing a free bf game to the series is sure to end in tears

having the tf2 heavy on the cover as well is quite hilarious
FraktuRe
Posted 11:30pm 21/1/08
this will be riddled with ads.
StreX
Posted 11:41pm 21/1/08
this will be riddled with aids.
FraktuRe
Posted 11:45pm 21/1/08
That too.
Reverend Evil
Posted 11:58pm 21/1/08
WTF?

Looks like it's gonna be a TF2 rip-off.
Twisted
Posted 12:26am 22/1/08
I don't think it will be. Looks like it will have planes and tanks and stuff. It is just 'copying' the cartoon graphics which weren't new with TF2 either...Obviously it is supposed to be a competitor for TF2 though.
d^
Posted 01:13am 22/1/08
lmaonade
Jabroney
Posted 01:14am 22/1/08
hmmm not wat i was expecting next from the bf series, its been a steady downhill decline since 1942.

i woulda loved maybe bf1914 or bf1943 to be honest.

but hey, gotta jump on the cartoon band wagon i guess
rubba-chikin
Posted 01:20am 22/1/08
TF2 were the first really to successfully dominate the market using the cell shading cartoon style characters/worlds in the latest gen FPS games.

Everything had been about realism for so long.


Looks like an attempt to cash in after the massive success Valve just had with TF2 imo. Shame on you EA shame on you!

Will have to wait for some actual footage though to be sure.
aP
Posted 02:58am 22/1/08
BF1914 ftw!
that'd be so cool with all the unreliable weaponry and slow planes and leather helmets.
seriously cool.
they will never make it though. no Xtreme appeal
infi
Posted 06:57am 22/1/08
ok so we get a free buggy game. cool, i guess.
Freewheelin
Posted 08:48am 22/1/08
BBC News has some interesting info on the game.

Ben Cousins, senior producer at Dice, told BBC News that no adverts would be appear in the game itself.

"They wouldn't work inside the fictional world. Instead, adverts will appear on the website and the 'front-end' of the game."
ravn0s
Posted 09:14am 22/1/08
a free ea game? wow
Midda
Posted 10:30am 22/1/08
Am I the only person very optimistic about this? It's free, I'm really not going to b**** that much. Sure, it looks similar to TF2, but that's hardly a bad thing.
Reality
Posted 11:59am 22/1/08
My 8-ball says that you'll have to pay for the booster packs that come out, inevitably named 'Desert assault', or 'Road to (insert place here)'.
trog
Posted 12:11pm 22/1/08
Am I the only person very optimistic about this? It's free, I'm really not going to b**** that much. Sure, it looks similar to TF2, but that's hardly a bad thing.
Yeh, I probably won't play it but I'm very interested because free games are awesome. It's good to see PC developers pursuing alternative business models (well, "traditional" ones anyway; Asian MMOs have been doing this forf*****gever).
Midda
Posted 12:31pm 22/1/08
Yeah, even if it's only kind of fun, I'm going to give my support, because this is the sort of business model I'd like to see succeeding. And if it does, then it's likely that more developers will follow suit. Seeing a few ads on the menus of a free game is a price I'm more than happy to pay.
SE1Z
Posted 05:19pm 22/1/08
hey.... it's free!
I'll give it a whirl :)
Xyzzy
Posted 05:27pm 22/1/08
Shame on you EA shame on you!


What does Shame and EA have to do with one another? EA has been shameless for at least 10 years now.
Xyzzy
Posted 05:31pm 22/1/08
Asian MMOs have been doing this forf*****gever

But the Asian model is via monthly subscriptions isn't it?

Ergo, not likely to work in the United States of Europe,Australia and America.

Edit: But yes i wholeheartedly agree with a company trying something different.
Midda
Posted 05:43pm 22/1/08
But the Asian model is via monthly subscriptions isn't it?

Not always, there are a few MMOs that are free to download and play, and you're charged for extra content. Maple Story comes to mind.

Hell, I'm pretty sure that Fury follows this model now too.
Xyzzy
Posted 05:49pm 22/1/08
Not always, there are a few MMOs that are free to download and play, and you're charged for extra content. Maple Story comes to mind.


Aah fair enuff. Always a bit dubious about that model. The temptation to mudflate would be very strong. I see images of Magic The Gathering already.

N1ghtMan
Posted 05:59pm 22/1/08
I've just started to get into BF2 and there are still some good severs out there.

As long as the "Heroes" version doesn't cost to play online I'm happy to pay for the "strap-on" packs.
Mitch
Posted 06:04pm 22/1/08
"We put a different twist on this Battlefield game going with the
cartoon-style graphics and gameplay," added Ben Cousins


That explains it then. They are on drugs
rolo_tomasi
Posted 06:13pm 22/1/08
I'm happy to pay for the "strap-on" packs.


hey forget that PM some of the guys round here they will pick up the tab 4 u in exchange for basic services of that type.
Khel
Posted 05:27pm 24/1/08
infi
Posted 05:37pm 24/1/08
so we will remain aids free. phew.
Midda
Posted 06:15pm 24/1/08
Yeah, I read that, so f*****g gay. I momentarily had lots of EA love in my heart. C****.
koopz
Posted 08:44pm 24/1/08
if it's TF2 with vehicles it's TF2 +fix

you'd have to add in extra ea disapointment into the mix.. but that's Valve product all around anyway. the masses aren't going to notice.

win win!!

:)
darkjedi
Posted 09:17pm 24/1/08
doh.. Khel beat me to the punch.

Still, damn EA!~

last edited by darkjedi at 21:17:18 24/Jan/08
sLaps_Forehead
Posted 11:14pm 24/1/08
is EA the most hated game company in the world? I'd be surprised if it wasn't.
FraktuRe
Posted 11:22pm 24/1/08
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