Apparently I missed this a couple of weeks ago, but I think it warrants mentioning here. EA and DICE have announced the development of a new Battlefield game, called Battlefield Heroes, to be released this summer, and it’s a bit different than you might expect. To start things off, it’s free. Completely free, and only available for download. The catch (there always has to be one) is that the game relies heavily on a website to be maintained by EA, and of course that website is plastered with ads. In addition, players will be able to purchase customizations on the website for their character.
Basically, the game’s third person and very cartoonish, and it should be able to run “on your grandma’s laptop,” as one developer put it. You can’t choose your spawn point and it’s much harder to die, and there are no squads or commanders. So it’s essentially a Battlefield game that’s supposed to make anyone want to play it, but for fans of the franchise it’s probably not going to satiate any appetites for Battlefield 3. And this isn’t Battlefield 3, thankfully…BF3 has yet to be announced.
Some other notes: the maps are much smaller, there are two factions, and there are still vehicles and aircraft, although planes won’t have bombs. There will be an auto-matchmaking service, trying to make people with similar skill levels play together.
My thoughts? Ehh, it could be briefly entertaining – and I like that it probably won’t crash my computer. But it doesn’t sound much like Battlefield, and I’m all for the super-realistic bloodfest that will be BF3.
As an aside, nothing is more frustrating than seeing someone use Internet lingo improperly, such as this comment by “dads”:
no commander? smaller MAPS???? FTW?? never guys never, cmon please you can do better…