Back in September DICE launched week-long celebration to commemorate the 10th anniversary of its Battlefield franchise, discounting a bunch of games from the series and running a few other special features. Well, it appears that the company continues on a giving spirit, and in celebration of Battlefield 3 Premium surpassing 2 million members they’re making Battlefield 1942 available as a free download.
The download is available via EA’s Origin service and includes the base game only, with no expansions. The company is also releasing a compilation of concept artwork from the development of Battlefield 1942 in the form of a digital booklet (PDF) that contains visual and gameplay materials from over a decade ago.
“Since the beginning, the reception to the Battlefield series has been incredible thanks to our amazing fans. Every day, we strive to provide our community with great games and new ways to play as evident with Battlefield 3 Premium. We wanted to thank our fans who have supported us throughout the years with a chance to go back and play the game that started it all.”
The digital download version of the game also supports online multiplayer but can only be played against other players who are using the same version. Official servers are being setup specifically for this release of the game or users can run their own dedicated servers. Also, while the announcement says that mod support is "untested," some are said to work so players can head to the Battlelog forums to share their findings.