Ten years ago, a small studio known as Digital Illusions CE released Battlefield 1942, a first-person shooter that stood out–even among titans of the genre such as Medal of Honor: Allied Assault and Unreal Tournament 2003–due to its impressive combination of vehicles, infantry, and WWII action gameplay. Today, in addition to BF1942’s 10-year anniversary celebration, the developers at DICE are also lauding the fact that, Battlefield 3 Premium has amassed over two million members worldwide. To celebrate both the two million member milestone and the 10-year anniversary of BF1942, we’re pleased to offer Battlefield 1942 for free, exclusively through Origin.
That’s right, you can this own this piece of digital history–on us, uncut and unaltered, the classic original game just as it was 10 years ago. That means that it will run on just about any computer you try to play it on.
Yes, it’s 10 years old, but load it up once and you’ll see for yourself how special BF1942 still is today–despite the years of visual and technical enhancement that have gone into successors like Battlefield 3. In a genre that had you either being a foot soldier or a pilot, here was a game that lets you do both. While other games would focus on an infantry skirmish, here was a game that where you can ride a boat across the water to a beach, shoot it out upon landing, and then hop into a jeep or plane–all within the same level or multiplayer match. BF1942’s Conquest mode and its innovative mechanics (such as capture and hold, the ticket system for managing players’ lives and respawns for a team) were a fresh take on multiplayer that includes best of Deathmatch and Capture-the-Flag combined. It was the only game that let you and some friends climb into a WWII tank together and perform different roles within. It also had a not-so-serious side–such as the super silly but memorable realization that even though the fighter planes are nominally single-seaters, when players stand on the wings at the right place and angle, said fighter plane suddenly become a fast troop transport, parade float style, with a bunch of soldiers standing on the edge of both wings.
If nothing else, it’s also worth playing just to hear the original theme music that’s been ever-present throughout the entire Battlefield franchise since its debut in BF1942.
Celebrate Battlefield Premium and BF1942’s anniversary by downloading your free copy today.