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Another Battlefield Play4Free studio GM leaves EA

Oskar Burman, general manager of Battlefield Play4Free and Battlefield Heroes developer Easy Studios, has departed from Easy and its parent EA. He’s the second GM to leave the position, after Ben Cousins, who left to join ngmoco’s Sweden-based studio

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EA now has 25 million registered Play4Free accounts worldwide

EA’s move into the freemium market appears to be working, with the company boasting yesterday that it now has a total of 25 million registered players across all Play4Free titles. Of course, that number is far less impressive if those people aren’t actively playing, but that hasn’t stopped EA from patting itself on the back and calling the number a “remarkable achievement.” For those keeping score at home, that’s 25 million registered players combined in Battlefield Heroes, Need for Speed World , Battlefield Play4Free, Dragon Age Legends, Battleforge and Lord of Ultima .

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Battlefield Play4Free implements weapon customization

EA’s Battlefield Play4Free has added weapon customization to the freemium title. Check out the video on the gun lovin’ feature and head over to the game’s site for the FAQ on the new system. Continue reading Battlefield Play4Free implements weapon customization Battlefield Play4Free implements weapon customization originally appeared on Joystiq on Mon, 05 Dec 2011 21:00:00 EST.

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Battlefield Play4Free closed beta granted ‘access’ to 600K participants; Mac version doubtful

Battlefield Play4Free senior producer James Salt told us this week at GDC that the game’s closed beta granted access to 600,000 participants; who obviously weren’t all online at the same time . He explained that’s why for the open beta, starting in April , Easy studio is planning a staggered launch, to avoid a massive “day one” spike of concurrent players that would crash the game. Asked about a Mac version of the free-to-play title, Salt said the game runs on the fifth generation of the Battlefield engine, which was designed for PC.

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Battlefield Play4Free plans staggered launch, open beta on April 4

Joystiq got to see Battlefield Play4Free in action late last night at GDC 2011 and, while a full interview is still incoming, we were able to get details on the plans for next month’s beta launch. Right now the game is in closed beta, and we were told that at peak times, developer EAsy has “a few thousand” players enjoying the game so far. On March 31, EA plans to send out codes for the beta to players of other Battlefield games, including the also free-to-play Battlefield Heroes , and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 .

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Battlefield Play4Free engages hostiles in Spring 2011

Following a tease earlier this week, EA has announced Battlefield Play4Free this morning, a freemium title that will support 32-player online warfare. The game will activate in the spring of 2011 but, if you just can’t wait, you can enlist early and test out the closed beta beginning November 30. Aesthetically — and, apparently, in tone — BP4F appears to be a departure from EA’s other freemium warfare title, Battlefield Heroes , which has a cartoony, colorful nature (though the two game will share a single “battlefunds” wallet, confirms Ben Cousins of developer Easy, an EA Games studio)

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