Battlefield Heroes passes the three million mark, releases new map

by: Chad -
Even with the recent change in pricing on the items available for the game, EA has announced that three million users are registered for Battlefield Heroes.  Registered users doesn't mean active users.  The press release mentions over 50,000 new players join each week.  It would be interesting to see how many stick around. 

They also released a new map.  See the screens below.  The description from EA for this new map is as follows:
"The new map, named Sunset Showdown, features one central control point. Set on a sunset island, players can use a variety of vehicles to capture and control the hilltop church. Tanks will roam free on the sunny side of the island while the shady eastern side offers more protection for jeeps and infantry. All class types will be needed to both attack and defend on this teamwork focused map."
 
I took part in the beta and enjoyed the game through the launch.  The game is simple enough and fun but I have trouble finding a reason to go back to it.  Do you still play Battlefield Heroes?  If you've never tried it, click on over to do download the necessary files and get playing.

Battlefield Heroes Hits 3Million Registered Players
Embark on a New Battle with an All-New Map
 
Guildford, UK – December 16, 2009 – Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced that Battlefield Heroes™, the hit Play 4 Free third-person shooter has recruited three million registered players. With endless hours of signature Battlefield sandbox action and a built-in matchmaking system to ensure new and old players of equal skill levels are paired together for fair play, Battlefield Heroes is EA’s popular web-based free to download, free to play title. To further add to the game’s appeal, EA today released an all-new map for the ground-breaking title that generates revenue through advertising and in-game item sales.

The new map, named Sunset Showdown, features one central control point. Set on a sunset island, players can use a variety of vehicles to capture and control the hilltop church. Tanks will roam free on the sunny side of the island while the shady eastern side offers more protection for jeeps and infantry. All class types will be needed to both attack and defend on this teamwork focused map.

“Battlefield Heroes continues to grow fast with well over 50,000 new players joining us every week. Our players have already logged in over 1,300 years worth of game time and nearly 300million kills over 150million five-minute game rounds,” said Ben Cousins, General Manager, Battlefield Heroes team. “The vast majority of our players play for free, but if they want to customize their character or enhance their game with weapon upgrades or widgets then there is a cool item for them in our store.”

Players can quickly download and easily launch the game from http://www.battlefieldheroes.com. Character customization and upgrade items are available for Valor Points (points earned by playing the game) or with Battlefunds (a fictional currency bought with a credit card, PayPal or other methods such as SMS) so players can change or upgrade their hero at any time.

Battlefield Heroes is offered completely for free*. With its fun cartoon-style graphics, customized matchmaking and non-stop action, the game caters to players of all skill levels.

Battlefield Heroes is rated T by the ESRB and 16+ by PEGI. For more information on the game, please visit www.battlefieldheroes.com or www.ea.com. Or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/bfheroes.

*Internet connection required.

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