Will Battlefield Heroes be released in Playstation Home?
Like many social networking sites (AKA MySpace, Facebook), Home gives millions of Playstation 3 owners the ability to interact with others. What makes Home so special is its look and feel, with avatars and public spaces to move around in.
Unveiled at the 2007 Game Developers Conference, Home swept the internet with speed. Intriguing many Playstation owners, players began to generate ideas of how developers could stretch the game to expand the playability and enhance the feeling of the service. Ideas such as different areas, custom homes with custom furniture, and in-game games all came to life.
Many developers have been tracking the progress of Home, working on ideas to expand the game. One developer named Electronic Arts (EA), creator of the Battlefield Series, announced its new Playstation area to be released soon named the EA Sports Complex.
EA Sports Complex will feature banners advertising the titles the company has announced, and a variety of games for users to play while in the space. EA is adding a Poker table for multiplayer Poker, and a new arcade-style 3D racing game named Formula 1 Racer. In Formula 1 players can race each other around a virtual track and compete in matchups.
Now you may be saying that Battlefield Heroes has nothing to do with EA Sports. EA has already shown what they can create, and with the ability to create, comes the ability to expand. Battlefield Heroes, being a very highly-anticipated free-to-play game, can make sales for EA, not through charging playtime, but through advertisements for the upcoming and newly-released games.
“Online gaming garners a massive audience,” said Gerhard Florin, EVP Publishing Americas-Europe at EA. “People want to play games in new ways, with easier access that is quick to the fun. With Battlefield Heroes, EA brings its first major franchise to North America and Europe with a new distribution model and pricing structure adapted to the evolving way that people play.”
Battlefield Heroes is a brand new game from the team behind Battlefield 1942™ and Battlefield 2™. It’s fun cartoon-style graphics and gameplay caters to players of all skill levels. It is easy to pick up and play but with robust character customization and a deep online meta-game, gamers can spend hours building up their characters and conquering the world.
“We put a different twist on this Battlefield game going with the cartoon-style graphics and gameplay,” added Ben Cousins, Senior Producer at EA DICE. “There’s something here for all types of players — be it our core Battlefield fans or casual gamers. With the new online model, we will continually add new content to keep the game fresh and keep players engaged, while integrating player feedback in real time. As a game developer, it is such a cool new way to make games.”
How likely is it for Battlefield Heroes to show up on Home? Well, if EA keeps up the current pace with its Home expansions and ideas, it is very likely.
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