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BattleForge for PC to Support Direct X11
At last, some news that can't be interpreted badly for EA's card-based RTS.
By Andrew Joy 10/05/2009 11:35:00 PST
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BattleForge

As long time readers are no doubt aware, we've been following the progress of BattleForge from its announcement, and the card-based RTS has seen its share of ups and downs...well, okay, mostly downs. Since then, the game has appeared to stumble, receiving a price drop, and eventually becoming a Play4Free title, shortly after its launch. But today, Electronic Arts had a bit of news that can't really be interpreted badly, announcing that BattleForge is the first title to support Direct X11, giving Phenomic's game a boost in both performance and graphics, as well as another bullet point over its competitors. For more information on BattleForge and its Direct X11 support, be sure to check out the official press release below:

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Phenomic™, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) studio, today announced that the Real-Time Strategy (RTS) game, BattleForge™, is the first title to leverage Microsoft’s DirectX® 11 and AMD’s new ATI™ graphic processor chipset. BattleForge players will now experience unparalleled graphic performance and even richer visuals including DirectX 11 specific features like high definition ambient occlusion (HDAO). BattleForge is available as a free* download at http://www.battleforge.com.

“BattleForge is one of EA’s first Play4Free games and being able to support DirectX 11, this is another significant first for the title,” said Ben Cousins, General Manager of BattleForge and Battlefield Heroes at Electronic Arts. “The enhanced capabilities of DirectX 11 and the new AMD cards combine with the depth and intensity of BattleForge to create an experience which is truly unmatched in the Play4Free space.”

“By delivering the first DirectX 11 game, the team at Phenomic is demonstrating its commitment to the many fans of BattleForge,” said Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager, Products Group, AMD. “When matched with our cutting-edge DirectX 11 graphics hardware, the jump to DirectX 11 helps ensure an improved game experience both in terms of performance and image quality.”

BattleForge is a Play4Free game that combines strategy, fantasy, trading cards and magical spells in a dynamic online environment. Combining the strategic, real-time gameplay of classics such as Command & Conquer™ with a fully enabled, online collectible community, BattleForge pioneers strategy gaming with its online multiplayer design and community features set. The collectible cards in the game are the tools of war -- each representing a spell, unit or building that is conjured directly onto the battlefield in real time in stunning 3D graphics. BattleForge features single-player scenarios and cooperative scenarios supporting 2-12 players, as well as Player vs. Player (PvP) ranked and unranked duels. With co-op play, chat rooms, and a robust marketplace featuring direct trade, an auction hall and in-game mail, BattleForge is the first RTS to combine the social and community aspects of an MMO with an exciting RTS.

To download BattleForge, players can visit http://www.battleforge.com and click Play4Free. Players can also follow the game on Twitter at @battleforge. BattleForge is available exclusively for the PC. There is no subscription fee. Developed at Phenomic Studio, BattleForge has been rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB and 12+ for PEGI. 

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