Battlefield Heroes celebrates two years with new map, free content

If you give it to them for free, they will come -- at least, we think that's how it works. As a thanks to those who've stuck around for two years (through thick and thin) and for reaching a milestone of eight million players, Battlefield Heroes is adding the popular franchise map Wake Island later this month.

It's part of a summer promotion that extends through the next month or so. Aside from the new map, EA is also giving away two free Party Packs to players who log in between now and July 7 at 11:59pm PT. Each pack includes 77 Battlefunds, 25 Festive Flares, a permanent Party Hat exclusive to this promotion and a seven day rental to dress your hero in a Birthday Suit. We, uh, hope that isn't what we think it is. To snag your free Party Packs, simply log in to the Battlefield Heroes website, go through the My Stuff tab and select Rewards.

Finally, there are two new Extraordinary Hero item sets you can pick up, which not only give you a futuristic look, but also super powers such as a super jump and a speed boost. See both Metallo and Captain Royal in action above, whose super powers could be yours for a nominal fee. If only we could buy super powers in real life like that!

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Battlefield Heroes™, the hit arcade cartoon shooter, is turning up the heat this summer! To celebrate the game's second anniversary and the surpassing of 8 million players worldwide, EA has something special in store for all Battlefield Heroes players. Wake Island, one of the Battlefield franchise's most popular maps is coming to Battlefield Heroes later this month. And that's not all! Players can log in between June 30, 2011, 3:00 PM PT and July 7, 2011, 11:59 PM PT to receive two free Party Packs*: one Royal and one National. Each Party Pack will include 77 Battlefunds, 25 Festive Flares, a permanent exclusive Party Hat, and a 7 day rental to play in a Birthday Suit! To claim their free Party Packs, players can log in at then look in the "My Stuff" menu and select "Rewards".

EA is also proud to announce that Battlefield Heroes is now fully localized in eight new languages, including: French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Turkish and Russian. With English and German previously available, Battlefield Heroes is now live in a total of ten languages worldwide.

Battlefield Heroes is a Play4Free third-person shooter that brings classic Battlefield gameplay to a mass audience. The game features fun, cartoon-style graphics and gameplay that caters to players of all skill levels. Battlefield Heroes is easy to pick up and play but has robust character customization and sticky online features so gamers can spend hours building up their characters and conquering the world.

Battlefield Heroes is leading EA's web-focused free-to-download, free-to-play business model which generates revenue through advertising and micro-transactions. With zero barriers to entry, now anyone can be a hero on the battlefield!

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This article was originally published on Joystiq.