Earlier this week, Ben Cousins, who is the General Manager of the EA-owned Easy Studios, tweeted that an entirely new game in the Battlefield franchise would be unveiled this Friday. Living up to his promise, Easy Studios unveiled Battlefield Play4Free this morning. The title will be entirely free to play, but EA will offer users the possibility to expand their experience by means of microtransactions.
Battlefield Play4Free will be the second installment in the franchise that does not require a fee to play, the former being Battlefield Heroes from 2009. However, where Battlefield Heroes focused on offering a casual and arcade experience, Battlefield Play4Free will focus on offering a more intense first-person shooting experience that will rival top console titles.
Play4Free will feature 32-player gamemodes and will use maps based on those found in Battlefield 2. With respect to classes, however, the game will use the classes found in Battlefield Bad Company 2. The game is expected to launch in Spring 2011, but the beta will be launched later this month. Those who are interested can sign up for the beta on this website.