Battlefield Heroes Quietly Launches

By Chris Faylor, Jun 25, 2009 8:45am PDT DICE's free-to-play web-based multiplayer shooter Battlefield Heroes, originally expected to launch last summer, is now available for all to play via BattlefieldHeroes.com.

The launch comes as a moderate surprise, with no formal announcement whatsoever. The oft-delayed game had been running in closed beta for some time.

Though free-to-play, real-world currency can be used to purchase a variety of in-game items and bonuses, including the ability to "level up faster [and] get Valor Points (VP) faster," new clothes, "ultra exclusive limited-edition items," and special emotes. However,, you must first purchase the virtual "Battlefunds" currency available in $5 (700 Battlefunds), $10 (1400 Battlefunds), $20 (2800 Battlefunds) and $50 (7000 Battlefunds) bundles.

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  • I tried to enjoy this.....I really did.

    It seems like DICE wanted to apply TF2-style gameplay without understanding that TF2 works for many more reasons other than its art direction. Simply put, its a simplified, slow moving Battlefield game that offers little reason to play more than a few rounds other than purchasing incremental upgrades that do very little to add value to the gameplay . In short, its gets boring really fast.

    I do give EA credit for trying something different but they need to really think about what they're doing.