Battlefield Play4Free Adds Punkbuster Support; Looking to Test Server Limits

By Xav de Matos, Jan 13, 2011 10:00am PST If cheating on the modern, free-to-play battlefield is getting you down, EA has revealed some very good news. In a post updating the ongoing beta for Battlefield Play4Free, the team revealed it has now enabled anti-cheating measures using Punkbuster.

"We have now enabled PunkBuster on all of our servers and we will be keeping a close eye on the battlefield to make sure it stays as cheater free as possible," the post notes. Punkbuster has been EA's go-to anti-cheating software, making its way into most all recent versions of Battlefield--including the cartoon-style, free-to-play Battlefield Heroes.

EA has also issued a call to arms for current beta testers to help "test the limits" of the game's servers. With a "common goal" of ten thousand peak concurrent users, the development team at EA's Easy studio is asking beta users to all jump online on Saturday, January 15 from 1pm through to 4pm ET.

If the team is unable to achieve its set goal to test the server limit, another--more drastic--attempt will be made. The dev revealed that if a second attempt is required it will purposefully shut down the beta's accessibility during weekdays and only activate the game over weekends. Presumably, the second attempt will continue to disable access until the common goal is reached.

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