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Battlefield Play4Free revealed

EA shows off 'full FPS experience' for zero cost

EA showed off Battlefield Play4Free at a showcase on Wednesday.

The idea behind the new title is as straight forward as the name itself; It's Battlefield and it's free if you want to play it.

We managed to get a quick look at the game, which is a world away from the previous costless Battlefield game, Battlefield Heroes.

Where Battlefield Heroes is a cartoon styled take on the third-person shooter, Play4Free is a full-on FPS, with the realistic visuals you'd expect from a console shooter.

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Ok, so the graphics aren't nearly as detailed as your Modern Warfare's and Bad Company's but the emphasis on gritty warfare is captured.

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Like Bad Company 2, however, vehicles (16 in all), sandbox gameplay and 32-player battles are included along with maps inspired by the wider series and classes and weapons from Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

The game also uses the same weapon model from Bad Company 2 and players are able to upgrade and customise their characters.

Money will be made via micro-transactions but there's also an in-game currency that can be earned as you play.

EA are aiming big with free-to-play gaming. Yesterday the head of EA's Easy division Ben Cousins said that he wanted gamers to question buying a full priced game and tempt them to spend that lump sum on micro-transactions instead.

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