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Following on from the popularity of Battlefield Heroes, EA have announced Battlefield Play4Free, combining some of the most popular maps and features of the franchise’s console and PC games. Up to 32 players can join the online skirmishes that will allegedly have photo-realistic graphics and be a serious competitor for console shooters. Senior producer James Salt explains more: “We broke new ground in 2009 with the launch of Battlefield Heroes; a game that has 6 million 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.”
Odd that he’d put a PC only game up against those on a console. I would imagine that the number of other free-to-play PC shooters will in reality be their biggest competitors. Nevertheless, Battlefield Play4Free sounds like a promising game using maps from Battlefield 2 and the classes of Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
A closed beta begins November 30th and budding players can register today at the official site. The full game is said to go live in Spring 2011.