EA announced that you can download Battlefield 3 for FREE via its Origin gaming service until 10 a.m. PT on June 3. In addition, EA is also offering The Game of the Year edition of the original Plants vs. Zombies for free on Origin through June 16. The deals are Origin’s latest “On the House” promotions, in which the service gives away full games at random times and for limited durations. Between these two offerings and the recent giveaway for the original Dead Space, the method to EA’s madness is becoming clear. These free games are older titles that have since been supplanted by sequels such as Battlefield 4 and Plants vs. Zombies 2. EA’s no doubt hoping that a few free tastes will whet your appetite for more, perhaps encouraging you to buy the sequel or maybe a dash or two of downloadable content for the free game. (You can spend more than $100 on Battlefield 3 expansions packs and kits.) Plus, you’ll need to install the Origin gaming service on your PC to use the free games—another win for EA.
- Free?! What’s the catch? There’s no catch. Grab full games, expansions and more at absolutely no cost. Just make sure to act fast because On the House specials can appear and disappear at any time.
- You mean a trial or demo, right? Nope. You’re getting a full version of the real game — for free!
- How long will I own the game? Once you’ve claimed your game, it’s yours to keep!
- Why is Origin doing this? Our goal is to provide a great gaming experience and a way to discover awesome new games. Having a game in your library, for free, is a fantastic way to see what Origin is all about.