Everyone loves a good freebie, right? Well if you do, it’s worth checking out what EA have made available for their On the House special this month. The promotion, which offers up a free game via online distribution tool Origin, was launched in March with the tantalising prospect of a free copy of Dead Space.
Right now, you can head over to Origin and pick up Battlefield 3 for absolutely nothing at all. No strings attached, no hidden fees, no catch at all. All you need is an Origin account, and then it’s yours to keep permanently. So, if you missed out on the award-winning first-person shooter when it was hot off the press, now’s the chance to find out why it was one of the must-have titles of 2011.
You’ll need to act fast, though. As EA made clear over at the On the House page, the “specials can appear and disappear at any time.” Battlefield 3 is currently available for free download until June 3, so pick up while you can.
It’s also worth noting that it’s the standard edition of Battlefield 3 that’s up for download. If you want the premium edition, complete with add-on packs and extra features, you’ll need to spend $39.99. Still, a game of the quality of Battlefield 3 at a 100% discount is nothing to be sniffed at, even without the bells and whistles of the premium version. Because of this promotion there are also bound to be plenty of new players popping up in the multiplayer.
If you already own Battlefield 3 and are feeling a little left out of the free download frenzy, don’t worry: Origin has another title available for free as well. Plants vs. Zombies: Game of the Year Edition is also part of On the House, and is up for grabs until June 14. Again, all you need is an account at Origin and the patience to let the game download.
So why is EA offering up these incredibly popular titles for free? Apparently there’s a goal in mind. EA see Origin as a way to “provide a great gaming experience and a way to discover awesome new games.” EA continue by saying that “having a game in your library, for free, is a fantastic way to see what Origin is all about.” Free downloads have certainly worked for other digital distributors such as Steam and Good Old Games, so EA will be hoping that Origin’s free titles will be just as successful. All of these games of course, are further monetized by DLC and in-game microtransactions (which Battlefield 4 and Garden Warfare both added post-launch).
Yesterday, the trailer for Battlefield Hardline leaked. The police-themed shooter is the next game in the Battlefield franchise, and will be released later this year on current and last-gen platforms. Now’s the perfect time to get your hands on the game that brought the series back to the big league.