EA’s casual online shooter Battlefield Heroes has been in closed beta for quite some time, and while the game was originally slated for a late 2008 release, it has now been confirmed that instead the beta The developer plans to get the beta up and running again early next year, with a final release now targeted for the first quarter of 2009. The cartoonish Heroes will be the first title in the Battlefield series released under EA’s new Play 4 Free model, meaning it will be an online-only free-to-play game financed through advertisements and micro-transactions for character customizations.