EA is pulling the plug on four of its older free-to-play PC titles.
Selling games for $60 is an exploitative business model, according to the man in charge of EA's free-to-play business.
Free-to-play Battlefield game Battlefield Play4Free will launch an open beta on 4th April, EA has announced.
If you've played either Bad Company 1 or 2 or Battlefield 1943 and signed in with your EA ID, however, access will be granted on 31st March.
On 2nd April the beta will launch for Twitter and Facebook followers.
Every time someone buys a Santa or Nikolaus outfit for free to play online shooter Battlefield Heroes, EA will make a charitable contribution to the Child's Play charity, the publisher has announced.
As part of a new Christmas event, which begins today, new weapons are available to buy. For the first time the Gunner and Soldier classes will gain access to weapons with functional scopes that actually zoom in, and the Commando class will also get two new sniper rifles.
And, in the spirit of Christmas, EA has released an Advent calendar. Every day a new door will open with new items to purchase.
Open beta coming next year.
EA's announced a realistic first-person free-to-play PC Battlefield game set in the modern theatre of war and designed to appear to hardcore shooter fans.
It's called Battlefield: Play4Free, and looks like a cross between Battlefield 2 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 – indeed it employs the fourth generation of the PC engine that was used to create BF2, Battlefield 2142 and Battlefield Heroes.
Unlike the cartooney Battlefield Heroes, released last year, Play4Free is a gritty military FPS. It's created by the team behind Heroes at EA's free-to-play division at DICE, Easy Studios.
This week's EA Winter Showcase saw Battlefield looking to the past and the future – the former by way of a Vietnam-themed DLC expansion for Bad Company 2, and the latter with an extremely ambitious free online title, Battlefield: Play4Free.