Get Battlefield 1942 for free from EA

The Battlefield franchise of first person shooters began 10 years ago with the launch of Battlefield 1942 by developer Digital Illusions and publisher Electronic Arts (in fact, the game was released on September 10 of that year). Today, EA gave fans of the series a nice way to celabrate its 10th anniversary.

EA revealed that its Origin PC game download site now has the full version of Battlefield 1942 available to download for free. At the time, the game broke a lot of ground thanks to its vast outdoor maps and its extensive use of vehicles.

Developer Digital Illusions has been firmly in charge of the Battlefield franchise since its debut 10 years ago. There have been many Battlefield games released for the PC since then, including Battlefield Vietnam, Battlefield 2142 and two games in the more story driven Battlefield Bad Company series. EA still has two free-to-play games running for PC users; Battlefield Heroes and Battlefield Play4Free.

The series entered the modern day era with Battlefield 2 and continued with Battlefield 3, which came out in 2011. EA has confirmed that Battlefield 4 is in the works, but details about that game have yet to be announced.

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The Origin release works fine with DC and DCF. I have a dedicated Linux server up and running and patched the server files from 1.61 > 1.62 so people with the CD version and Origin version can play on the same server. Also with that patch max players is now double (128). I started a community for the server and to help people out with the new client you can check us out at http://www.battlefield1942.net

Frag On!

Javik said,
Link no longer appears to work, or it's another of those things that are US only

If you are using Firefox try IE. The origin site hates Firefox or at least it does for me.

Terry_X said,
i dont see anything related to 1942 from that link.... =/

It worked for me. It takes you to a demos page where 1942 is listed. Click Get It Now and Origin will get it. Its the full version, not a demo.

Would be nice if they released it as a free 'no strings' download, like Rockstar Classics.

Personally I avoid Origin like the plague, so yeah, thanks but no thanks

NinjaMonkey said,
Would be nice if they released it as a free 'no strings' download, like Rockstar Classics.

Personally I avoid Origin like the plague, so yeah, thanks but no thanks

What strings are there exactly? Other than the fact you have to use Origin when you play it, and it doesn't have the expansions I don't see any strings?

LOC said,

What strings are there exactly? Other than the fact you have to use Origin when you play it, and it doesn't have the expansions I don't see any strings?


By installing Origin you agree to bend over.
[X] I Accept

astropheed said,

That's the string.

That's why I think Windows 8 is great for gamers. Windows 8 Games will prevent publishers from forcing you to install crapware to play games. Metro-style apps don't require "launches" and don't degrade system performance. Windows 8 is great for people like me who just want to play the darn game.

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,

That's why I think Windows 8 is great for gamers. Windows 8 Games will prevent publishers from forcing you to install crapware to play games. Metro-style apps don't require "launches" and don't degrade system performance. Windows 8 is great for people like me who just want to play the darn game.

Except, knowing Microsoft, they probably will never have the same sales that Steam always has or deals like this for free games.

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,

That's why I think Windows 8 is great for gamers. Windows 8 Games will prevent publishers from forcing you to install crapware to play games. Metro-style apps don't require "launches" and don't degrade system performance. Windows 8 is great for people like me who just want to play the darn game.

Except that the Windows Store is no different than Origin or Steam. It's just Games for Windows Live built into Windows 8 and given a Metro UI. Same DRM mechanism.

farmeunit said,

Except, knowing Microsoft, they probably will never have the same sales that Steam always has or deals like this for free games.


Sure, Windows 8 has a much... MUCH larger target audience then Steam ever will get.
Not everyone has Steam, everyone with Win8 will have the store ...

Steam cannot compete with what MS has to offer. And it comes OOTB with new Windows'.