Battlefield Heroes fully operational

EA confirms DICE's heavily stylized, free-to-play, microtransaction-supported PC shooter has "soft launched."

Battlefield Heroes is officially open for business. EA confirmed for GameSpot today that the heavily stylized installment in EA DICE's popular open-warfare shooter series has launched, with players able to download the free-to-play, microtransaction-supported PC game through its official Web site.

Battlefield Heroes isn't really for the Battlefield 2 sect.

Battlefield Heroes will earn its keep through the purchase of in-game items and enhancements with real-world money. As detailed in GameSpot's most recent hands-on with Battlefield Heroes, the game features a robust lineup of character customization options, which play into the game's over-the-top aesthetic. Staying true to the series' roots, the multiplayer-centric game offers a number of vehicles and weapons.

Battlefield Heroes is just one of several franchise titles in development at EA DICE. In February, EA announced that Battlefield: Bad Company 2 would ship out on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC in early 2010. Earlier this month, EA COO John Pleasants confirmed that Battlefield 3 was in development, noting that the game isn't expected to launch during the publisher's current fiscal year (ending March 31, 2010).

EA DICE was also eyeing the late-June window for its downloadable multiplayer-only shooter Battlefield 1943. However, that game's release on Xbox Live, the PlayStation Network, and PCs has since been pushed back to an as-yet-unannounced date.

For more on Battlefield Heroes, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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116 comments
HawX_
HawX_

never mind I got it working

HawX_
HawX_

It wouldn't run on windows 7

Gruug
Gruug

I won't get it simply because it includes micro-transactions. I would rather just pay up front then be told it is "free" but to get everything you will have to buy them al la carte. Don't get me wrong...this will probably go over well with some..just not everyone and especially not me.

runstalker
runstalker

I wonder if it's a location issue. I have never, ever been disconnected by the game. I've had about 4 or 5 very isolated (crazy rubber banding) instances of good old fashioned lag, but otherwise lag free. My GTX275 runs this game stupid smooth, unlocked vsync reports 140-160 FPS non-stop. It's more cartoon than complexity, but looks good. You can probably run this fine on a laptop video card I imagine.

EllisSpice
EllisSpice

You may say it works as much as you like, but I've been trying for 2 months, and it's never worked once for me!

gdiza
gdiza

I enjoyed the few games I've played. I however will NOT pay for anything in the game.

quadraleap
quadraleap

Thanks for the update. I intend on getting back into the game again.

namelessfire
namelessfire

i played for a good 30-45 minutes till i got off on my accord. i have yet to be disconnected. but that could just be me

serious_henke
serious_henke

I can't even find a server through the match making system :( And when I do find one, I get disconncted instantly.

hungrydinosaur
hungrydinosaur

I'm excited by the prospect of BF3 and BF1943... I can't really say the same for Heroes but as they say, it isn't really aimed at the BF2 sect.

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

Fully operational my butt. A gamebreaking bug still hasn't been fixed in the 2 moths since I started the beta...I can only play for 5 mins max and then I get disconnected.

vengeance00
vengeance00

its a fun game but i think the beta tester reward was a bit insulting. they gave us 200 battlefunds and announced that we can now perma buy items (and only the battlefund items) but with 200pts we can only rent one item. they should of given us 580 so we could perma buy at least one of the most expensive items. my 200 is just gonna sit there in my account because i ain't wasting it ón a one month rental as my reward. game fun, extra addons soon mount up to expensive.

Sumbelina
Sumbelina

I love this game! The beta is fun and I'm glad I was able to jump in. I look forward to making my friends play this game too.

sseeddrriikkss
sseeddrriikkss

if you are complaining about this game... u have to be absolute moron....... it isnt released yet!!!!!! its just a BETA!!!! they have a update almoust every 2 days...... it is getting better!!! and its FREEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! play 4 free and download 4 free! even if u dont like this game u dont have the rights to complain about it!!! and really dont compare this game to anything.... its a completly new game its not like tf2 and its not like other battlefield games!!! and they have telled everybody.... this game will be only for PC! and if u think its boring then u have definetly got only 3 lvls and quited because u didnt have any skill and couldnt get on higher lvls... plz be quet if u dont know anything about this game! (sorry 4 my english im from spain...)

Ozzy_Jacob
Ozzy_Jacob

whoever complains is an idiot, its free

dunnowhathuh
dunnowhathuh

I stopped playing the beta cuz living in Australia means nothing but lag issues. I don't like the feeling of being killed by an enemy that hasn't even showed up on my screen yet. I'm guessing being full fledged now means that problem's been fixed so I'll hop back on and see how it goes.

payne6705
payne6705

I am enjoying the game a lot it is a fun game to play and its free so I am happy and BTW i did get 20 dollars of BF points for the add-ons trust me they don't help just makes your character unique thats all really ya there is some xp helpers or something but they are too much money and some1 skilled in the game can probably just make the same

dendrosteve
dendrosteve

I''ve been playing for 3-4 months and it is very addictive. You can't beat free. The microtransactions aren't even necessary to play the game so if you don't want to buy a new outfit or XP boosts you won't fall behind the players who do.

gellis1981
gellis1981

Yeah, I might try this out sometime. I haven't played the beta yet, but the gameplay videos look meh. I find myself playing alot more BF2 lately... especially since they announced BF3. BF2 never gets old.

djpetitte
djpetitte

@BlueRaptor7 Even in the beta, you realize there's more then the first set of missions? I'd suggest having more knowledge before posting next time.

BlueRaptor7
BlueRaptor7

rofl Maybe if they upped the mission count since beta, but I stopped playing after a day. But I'ma go now. I don't like comparing epeens.

djpetitte
djpetitte

@BlueRaptor7 That's such crap. YOU CAN NOT BEAT ALL THE MISSIONS IN ONE DAY. There's just not enough time in a day. even if you played 24 hours straight there's no possible way.

BlueRaptor7
BlueRaptor7

Sorry guys, but the reason I said "FPS" was because I play the Commando, which means I'm in the first person scoped view 95% of the time. xD And yeah, its' possible. Quite possible. [:

djpetitte
djpetitte

@BlueRaptor7 again It's not even a FPS, its third person. I'm starting to think you haven't played the game at all. LOLS

djpetitte
djpetitte

@BlueRaptor7 Lies! It would be impossible to beat all the missions in the beta in one day! @sonoX I agree 100%

DavidLS047
DavidLS047

Its nice to see "bunny-hopping" is still alive and well. [ENTER Sarcastic chuckle here]

scarface_psp
scarface_psp

i have had this game since closed beta and it the best free 3rd person online shooter eva

sonoX_
sonoX_

BlueRaptor7: I think it's pretty much impossible to complete every mission in 1 day because you get more missions when you lvl up. Also, BF: Heroes and TF2 have nothing in common except the cartoon graphic.

zapp747
zapp747

try sleeping with the lites off then u dont have to bs people,@blue raptor7

ShaunToncray
ShaunToncray

This looks like Battlefield meets TF2 for toddlers.

Mackey18
Mackey18

@BlueRaptor7 Obviously you havnt played the beta or you would have known that there are no Missions and that it is not an FPS, but third person.

rsb27
rsb27

still prefer tf2...

Addict187
Addict187

WOW just WOW and the complaning is strong in here IT IS A FREE GAME what the hell do you all want

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

Played the beta, hated it. But then again, I'm REALLY not liking any of the new battlefield games, so it should be no surprise that I'd have such a distaste for a game that's even MORE casual. Plus, microtransactions really don't help.

BlueRaptor7
BlueRaptor7

I dunno. I played the beta, completed all the missions (all of them) in one day, and didn't feel challenged at all. Its' a great casual FPS, especially for being free, but not for me. [:

whynotdairy
whynotdairy

They dont even have enough capacity for the players that were in the closed beta, like myself.

djpetitte
djpetitte

@ColdfireTrilogy Permanent items are now available!

djpetitte
djpetitte

@1conradthegreat The planes are super fun!

Betermin
Betermin

I'll have to agree with most of you guys. This is definitely a children's shooter. I got a Beta account and was initially excited about this game. But it's really not engaging, nor nearly as fun as really playing a Battlefield game. Battlefield 2 costs about $10. Go buy that and make it popular again instead of engaging in something as lame as Heroes. It's not worth the time.