Battlefield Play4Free enters open beta

Ben Cousins (EA General Manager for Free To Play Branch):

So yes, on the 31st of March anyone who owns a previous Battlefield game will be able to log into their EA account and get access to the Battlefield Play4Free beta. Then there are a couple of other phases. There will be a code published on Twitter and Facebook on the 2nd of April, and then we’ll go to open beta on April 4th. We’ve got three maps to start with, our version of Sharqi Peninsula, Gulf of Oman, and Strike At Karkand. We’ve got really in-depth skill trees, four player classes, and really that’s just the beginning for us. We’ve got extensive plans, such as adding a server browser before the summer, and adding in clan support features. That’s another difference between free-to-play and full priced packaged good: launch is the start for us, not the finish.

 

DICE 2011: Blizzard, Bioware on Social Gaming Vs MMOGs

DICE 2011’s first keynote took the form of a panel discussion between recipients of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame award, with the panellists forming an interesting trichotomy: the traditional MMOG space represented by Blizzard’s Mike Morhaime, Bioware’s Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka representing potential evolution of that space via the upcoming The Old Republic, and Zynga’s Bruce Shelley representing the alternative: mass market online social gaming via Facebook. Panellist Mark Cerny, a consultant who has worked on titles including Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, was unfortunately, and noticeably, largely excluded from the conversation.

 

Read more at the  Edge’s website.

Battlefield 2142 1.51 is officialy out, soon on Steam

Electronic Arts has issued the final version of the latest patch for Battlefield 2142, bringing this installment in the Battlefield franchise to v1.51.

This new update offers the Northern Strike booster pack free for everyone, a new batch of maps including Strike at Karkand 2142 and Operation Blue Pearl, account security updates, and more.

And the most important thing – No DRM on the BF2142.exe file.

Here is the list of changes from the readme file:

– Added extra account security fixes
– Added fix for nVidia drivers to solve tinitus visual effect
– Hit detection bug fix:  Changed so that latency compensation history takes correct stored positions from buffer
– Updated as_titan_wake.tweak to allow for two attack choppers instead of the one previously allowed

FEATURES
– Added Operation Blue Pearl by Bjorn Sundell with special thanks to Jason Brice for lightmaps and finishing
– Added Yellow Knife, Molokai and Strike at Karkand 2142 maps made by Jason Brice
– Northern Strike booster pack maps and content are now free to play
– Added support for the Novint Falcon controller – http://www.novint.com

Yellow Knife
Designed and created by Jason Brice. Retouching by Mary Ellen Schrock. Contact at soundboyz@sbcglobal.net

Molokai
Strike at Karkand 2142
Designed and created by Jason Brice. Retouching by Mary Ellen Schrock. Contact at soundboyz@sbcglobal.net

Strike at Karkand 2142
Designed and created by Jason Brice. Retouching by Mary Ellen Schrock. Contact at soundboyz@sbcglobal.net

Battlefield 2142 v1.51 Final Patch (2GB)

Installation guide and information are located at EA’s Official BF2142 v1.51 forum thread.

And as DICE officials said:

Also yes, BF2142 Deluxe Edition is heading to Steam and Direct2Drive (and all other online retailers you see selling BF2 Complete Collection) once BF2142 1.51 is done.

Battlefield Play4Free announced

Battlefield Play4Free is a Battlefield game – using Battlefield 2’s most popular maps and Battlefield Bad Company 2’s weapon and class set – you can play for free. BF P4F is supported by micro-transactions. EA’s previous free to play shooter experiment – Battlefield Heroes – proved a financial success, even though only about 10% of the game’s players actually bought anything.