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Battlefield Heroes to Launch with Two Maps

The Battlefield Heroes Q&A on Gamasutra mentioned the other day includes a tidbit about the upcoming free installment in the Battlefield series we overlooked at the time (thanks FiringSquad). In what may be a case of getting what you pay for, producer Ben Cousins revealed the game will launch with a mere two maps:

Yeah, absolutely. I mean, what we did is, we come to this from two angles. The first one is that in every Battlefield game, we bust our asses making 50 maps, and then within six months of the game being released, everyone's playing two maps. The two best maps. So, we just decided to make just the two best maps, and not the other kind of maps.

And the other reason is because this is a service, not a product. We're going to have ongoing support. The live team for the game are almost as big as the dev team. We want to have people coming back to the game over time, but we also want the community to inform us what type of game they want to play.

So we're launching with an infantry-focused map, and a vehicle-focused map, and if they want to play the infantry-focused map then we will continue to make infantry-focused maps. And, similarly, if they think of this as a vehicle-based game, then we'll make the maps which reinforce that feel. So it's down to the community to define what type of game this is, really.

24. Re: No subject Apr 4, 2008, 06:29 Kevlar
Free game? This is a field test for micropayments, IGA and casual web-based game delivery, and EA has every hope of making as much or more money on this as if you were to pay for it in a store. You say free like it's some kind of altruistic gesture for those of us who thought the series peaked before EA started meddling with it - in reality, they're prostituting our fondest memories of the BF series to make a buck. If you don't believe that now, believe it later when you see every little item in various sections of the spawn menu carrying a price tag.

No vitrol meant toward the developers unlucky enough to be stuck there, of course, but with Madden 09 canceled for the PC and games like this being tinkered with I think those of us viewing the situation critically see where EA's management is trying to take us PC gamers.

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