Battlefield Heroes previewed

Valve surprised gamers when it gave them a first glimpse of the revamped Team Fortress 2 last July, showing a very distinct and cartoony visual style. Digital Illusions CE has now applied the same formula to its Battlefield series of games, and it’s preparing a new title called Battlefield Heroes that’s a radical departure from previous games in the series—both in terms of visual style and gameplay.

DICE released a trailer showing off Battlefield Heroes today, and Shacknews has now posted a preview of the game. As the Shack says, DICE wants to create a more casual experience to rope in gamers other than die-hard first-person shooter fans. To do this, the company has made a number of changes to the classic Battlefield formula.

Aside from the cartoony look, Battlefield Heroes will feature light system requirements, a third-person camera, a simpler interface, speedier and more maneuverable vehicles, no friendly fire or one-hit kills, skill match-making, and a conquest “meta-game.” The game’s World War 2 connotations have also been blurred, with teams dubbed the Royal Army and National Army fighting over something to do with the Olympics—”Yes, really,” Shacknews comments.

Most importantly, the title will be available free of charge from the Battlefield Heroes website. DICE will rely on advertising placed on the website and the game’s loading screen for revenue. Battlefield Heroes is scheduled to become available later this year.

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    • mattthemuppet
    • 12 years ago

    that made me laugh, particularly the bit about 15yr old gamers. Thought the machine gunners on the wings of the planes were hilarious!

    • sigher
    • 12 years ago

    It’s free by being loaded with crappy ads, obviously, and seemingly it tries to cater to people that aren’t into games, nor excitement.
    Well sorry but the thing is not for me, and I’m not installing a free gator toolbar either, in case that’s your next suggestion.

      • BenBasson
      • 12 years ago

      They made a point of saying there would be no in-game ads, with the exception of the loading screen. Whether we believe them or not is another question, but I personally ignore the loading screens anyway.

    • nonegatives
    • 12 years ago

    I think this style matches the game play of the Battlefield games I have played. They try to make it realistic, but it feels like I’m playing a Mario game. I enjoy TF2 but it starts to seem like a bunch of guys playing paintball after a while. Maybe a mod for the anti-war nuts could replace the bullets with paint balls, when you get hit, they send you back to the showers to re-spawn.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 12 years ago

    Looks neat. And it’s free, seems like a good test of advertising to pay for a game and as long as the advertising isn’t too intrusive it shouldn’t be an issue.

    As for the trailer, I can see how some people would be upset but only if they’re way uptight about it. Like this is the first thing to parody the horrors of war? The trailer of gameplay makes me think of a Wile E Coyote vs Roadrunner cartoon but with people and guns and stuff. Should be good for a laugh, now only if they came up with a game like that whiich wasn’t all about war.

      • ReAp3r-G
      • 12 years ago

      can’t agree more…it is sorta putting a lighter side to D-Day (wrong reel gag, the heroic banter at the start)

      but seriously now getting uptight just for this? no point getting all worked up just for a game, lighten up people

      • sigher
      • 12 years ago

      It’s the using real people who died and suffered to sell a ad-driven game in a ‘funny’ way that annoys.

    • Usacomp2k3
    • 12 years ago

    It has potential. I’ll probably download it and try it out. I wouldn’t really be opposed to embedded advertising either, as long as it stays free.

    • Shining Arcanine
    • 12 years ago

    Take the trailer with a grain of salt. The trailers for Battlefield 2 were fabricated for marketing purposes and the actual game turned out to be nothing like what the trailers depicted, in gameplay, features and graphics. If EA fabricates one of their trailers for marketing purposes, how can we expect them not to fabricate all of their trailers for marketing purposes?

      • Shining Arcanine
      • 12 years ago

      I just watched the trailer. I have to agree with other people here. It was disgusting. When the actual game is released, it will be interesting to see what attributes EA’s marketing department thought would make the game attractive when they were falsifying that video.

    • Gilligan
    • 12 years ago

    the concept that it is free and runs easily makes it REALLY cool

    • DASQ
    • 12 years ago

    Shitty video, but it’s free, I might as well try it.

    • blitzy
    • 12 years ago

    doesn’t look great to me, something about the art style doesn’t look right. It will probably do okay due to being free, but I doubt it’ll be a great game

    • fantastic
    • 12 years ago

    It might be worth trying. I used to love playing BF1942, DC, DCX, etc.

    It would be very nice if it were actually fun, but if it’s MP only some jerk will ruin it.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 12 years ago

    You know uh… not that most of you will watch the trailer but, I actually thought it was in pretty poor taste. There’s a “wrong reel” gag at the beginning that tries to be funny but isn’t, and only succeeds at basically undermining the sacrifice of the brave soldiers that fought on D-Day.

    I’m not indignant about it or going to start a letter writing campaign or anything, but I dunno… I just feel kindof embarrassed for the people behind the game.

    Edit: Also, now that I’ve had some more time to think about it, seems like the goofy-portion of the trailer just rips off Zero Punctuation. First they rip off Valve on game design, then they rip off ZP on the pitch.

    Real originality, guys.

      • moose103
      • 12 years ago

      I agree with you about the trailer.

      WTG guys, undermine the very men who bravely fought on D-Day.
      My grandfather was there that day. He never talked about being a hero. He didn’t really talk about it at all. He did his job for the freedom of the country he loved and the men that fought beside him.

      It makes me sick to see how quickly we have forgotten what they sacrificed that day. Now wonder our country is so effffed up.

        • Meadows
        • 12 years ago

        I don’t give a flying -thing- about the men on D-Day. It’s the past.
        If I’ve ever learnt anything from (one of my) pop icons, uncle John Carmack, it’s that looking forward is the way.

        Did I say I don’t care?

        I loved the intro and I’ll probably try the game too, why not, it’s free.
        It isn’t forgetfulness that’s driving humanity off a cliff, it’s not being able to leave bad memories behind and being sore about it for three thousand years. I can only compliment the developers on making the game that way, so that it is relaxing in every way now, instead of being the 74,882nd highly stereotypic, boring, brown, atrocious, brown, repetitive, *[

          • ssidbroadcast
          • 12 years ago

          It’s not like I don’t get the angle they were going for. Yeah they were trying to do the ol’ “pull-the-carpet-out-from-your-feet” bid and make it look like Yet Another MoH/CoD/BiA/etcetcetc. Only it wasn’t funny and it just offends.

          Kindof like that Snickers Superbowl commercial a few years back that had the two manly-men accidentally kiss when they were both eating a single Snickers bar (ala /[

            • Meadows
            • 12 years ago

            C) I thought it’s funny.

          • ryko
          • 12 years ago

          those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it….

            • Meadows
            • 12 years ago

            Those who don’t remember it *[

            • moose103
            • 12 years ago

            No meadows, you are just an idiot.

            • Meadows
            • 12 years ago

            Name calling. Artillery of the intertubes.

            • clone
            • 12 years ago

            the game caters to kids….. on every level from the guys sitting on the wings of the planes to the graphics.

            Valve’s TF2 just isn’t the same…… it’s a comedic spoof of alot of things but at least it’s funny in a more….. hard to say way but regardless TF2 comes across as smarter, BF heroes just comes across as childish silly.

            I like the fact that this game will be free and that it’s requirements will be modest but all in all I didn’t think much of it…. and I’m not sure the trailer was very funny… it just seems lame.

            I hate it when ppl talk about the brave blah blah and were ruining their good name….. screwoff and get over it yes I applaud the sacrifice but I’m not about to hold them onto an alter of godliness until the end of time beyond reproach of any kind.

            my reasons are my own but without a doubt most ppl would agree although I’m not interested in the spamtastic absurdity that would follow by listing them all.

      • sigher
      • 12 years ago

      I had the exact same thoughts.

    • albundy
    • 12 years ago

    based on the trailer, I’ll give it a try, as it looks like fun. yeah, fun. something thats been lacking in alot of pc games these days. eye candy is NOT a replacement for fun, and neither is scaring the living bejesus out of me.

    • StashTheVampede
    • 12 years ago

    Free WILL get people to line up for this game. At least the people playing can’t complain about the buggy and crashing nature — they DIDN’T pay for it. Maybe it will get the advertisers to bitch about the quality of the product.

    Oh wait, it’s EA. You’re still fucked.

      • green
      • 12 years ago

      l[

        • Mithent
        • 12 years ago

        People will complain about anything.

    • Firestarter
    • 12 years ago

    if they pull this off just right, this is going to be epic

      • alex666
      • 12 years ago

      I agree. The trailer seems to have a sense of humor somewhat similar to the Legos Star Wars series, which has been hugely successful.

        • gerryg
        • 12 years ago

        Lego Star Wars is a ton of fun. This looks like it could be fun, too. Kind of a fun arcadish break from the run-of-the-mill 3D shooter or RTS or RPG. I like this kind of stuff, and like TF2 and Portal we can certainly use innovation in both game play and graphics. I kinda don’t care how realistic things can get anymore unless it’s a movie. Can’t wait for Lego Indiana Jones and Lego Batman, coming really soon. Can’t decide if I want to play them on PC, Wii, or DS (can’t afford all three!).

    • Retiky
    • 12 years ago

    I have to say, this doesn’t look like a good idea.

    To me it looks like its trying to hard to be TF2.

    But first impressions can be cross, why I believe I said once or twice, upon first view, that the Wii would fail. Now I’m the proud owner of one.

      • BenBasson
      • 12 years ago

      We live in a world where WarRock has players. EA can’t do any worse than that.

    • Nitrodist
    • 12 years ago

    TF2 for battlefield…

    • cygnus1
    • 12 years ago

    For free, I think I’ll give it a try

    • herothezero
    • 12 years ago

    Sigh…where is the beta for Red Orchesta 2?

    Anyone?

    Anyone?

    Bueller?

      • yogibbear
      • 12 years ago

      Ferris is so cool.

      • bthylafh
      • 12 years ago

      TW hasn’t said what their UE3 project is yet, if it’s RO2 or something completely different. Patience, though I too would love an RO2.

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