Battlefield Play4Free was a free-to-play first-person shooter in the Battlefield series of games that shared many features with Battlefield 2, including its class system and game maps.
|Publisher: Electronic Arts
Release Date (Open Beta): April 4, 2011
Closure Date: July 14, 2015
Pros: +Battlefield-style gameplay. +Multiple classes. +Fast paced.
Cons: -Pay-to-win elements. -Clunky controls.
Battlefield Play4Free Overview
Battlefield Play4Free was a MMO first-person shooter that recoupled the Battlefield 2 experience into a free-to-play game available as part of EA’s “Play 4 Free” games that generated revenue from microtransactions and advertising. The game’s engine was a modified version of Battlefield 2’s game engine, giving it a similarly tight shooting experience, borrowing classes and 8 maps directly from the older game. It also featured many similar components to another “Play 4 Free” game, Battlefield Heroes, borrowing its leveling system, in-game shop and gameplay customization that add RPG elements not found in BF2. To enter a game, players pick a class from Assault, Medic, Engineer, and Recon, and are sent randomly to one of eight maps, taking the role of the Russian Ground Forces or the United States Marine Corps. The game was essentially a free-to-play version of Battlefield 2 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 with updated graphics and freemium features.
Battlefield Play4Free Key Features:
- Four Playable Classes (Assault, Medic, Engineer, Recon) – Pick from four unique classes to suit your preferred playstyle and the needs of the team.
- Maps from Battlefield 2 – Relive six different BF2 maps, as well as two new original ones, joining up to 32 players in battle.
- Multiple Game Modes – Fight your opponents in three different game types: Conquest, Conquest Assault and Rush.
- Collectible Weapons– Purchase and collect weapons from BF2 and BFBC2, some of which are class exclusive or limited by training.
- RPG Elements -- Gain experience as you play and allocate points int he Training tree, allowing special weapons, gadgets and physical abilities to unlock.
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Battlefield Play4Free Additional Information
Developer(s): EA Digital Illusions CE, Easy Studios
Publisher(s): Electronic Arts
Designer: Colin Clarke
Game Engine: Refractor 2 Engine
Closed Beta Date: November 30, 2010
Open Beta Date: April 4, 2011
Closure Date: July 14, 2015
Battlefield Play4Free was developed by EA Digital Illusions CE initially then was further developed by Easy Studios. The game was published by EA as part of their “Play 4 Free” model that included Battlefield Heroes and Need for Speed: World. The game’s closed beta began on November 30, 2010, through codes sent by email. It came out in open beta on April 4, 2011 and never saw an official release date, closing down with the rest of the Play 4 Free games on July 14, 2015, due to the declining userbase of all of the games in this model.