Battlefield 1942 now available for free!

To celebrate our 10th anniversary and two millionth Premium member, we are giving away Battlefield 1942 for free! Relive it if you’re an old-time fan. See where it all started if you’re new to the series. You can download Battlefield 1942 right now on Origin at: and learn more about this DICE classic here:

If you have any questions about this release of Battlefield 1942, see the FAQ below. To discuss the game, head to our newly opened Battlelog forum.

Battlefield 1942 Origin Digital Download FAQ
Q: Is it really free?
A: Yes! To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Battlefield 1942, we are offering the full game at no cost. We want everyone to be able to see where it all started.

Q: When is it available on Origin?
A: It’s live now under the free games and demos section! Head to this URL to download it:

Q: Where can I learn more about Battlefield 1942?
A: At this recently updated product page: and at this games page on

Q: Is this a remake of Battlefield 1942?
A: No. This is the original game Battlefield 1942, for the first time available as a digital download on Origin.

Q: Does this free digital download version include an of the expansion packs originally released for Battlefield 1942 (The Road to Rome and Secret Weapons of WWII)?
A: No.

Q: Can I play online against players who have the original disc-based version?
A: No. This Origin digital download version can only be played against other players who are using the same version. But since it’s free for everyone, everyone can download their own copy of the game. This version of the game will only show applicable (new) servers in the server browser.

Q: What are the differences between this version and the original disc-based version of Battlefield 1942?
A: No practical differences. We have done some under the hood work to make this game from 2002 work as a digital download title on Origin.

Q: Can I run a server for the game?
A: Yes, you can easily run a server from the front end menu within the game client. This server will be visible to all other players via the server browser.

Q: Can I run a dedicated server for the game?
A: Yes, you can run a dedicated server by running the file “DedicatedServer.exe”. It is located in the folder where you installed Battlefield 1942 through Origin. This will present you with all available settings, maps and modes for you to customize before pressing the button “launch server”. This server will be visible to all other players via the server browser.

Q: Do you have official servers set up?
A: We are setting up new servers specifically for this release of the game. You should find them by searching for the phrase “EA PUBLIC”.

Q: I have problems connecting to online games
A: Please note that a sudden surge of players into Battlefield 1942 may make online play temporarily unstable. If this happens, please try again later.

Q: Can I use this version of the game together with old Battlefield 1942 mods?
A: This is untested and we cannot guarantee any mod functionality. Sporadic testing leads us to believe that Desert Combat 0.7 works, as well as Eve of Destruction 2.5. For more discussion on popular mods, head to the new Battlelog forums we have set up specifically for this release of Battlefield 1942. Please share your findings on which mods work and which do not.

Q: Will I need to manually patch this version of the game?
A: No. This version includes any updates needed. If we were to update this version of the game in the future (this is not likely), we will do so via Origin.

Q: I have a question that is not answered here. Where do I go?
A: Please note that while we are proud to present this game to all of our fans after 10 years, we are not able to actively support it from a customer support standpoint. Tailoring this disc based game to work as a digital download title has been a labor of love from us at DICE, and we are very proud to be able to offer this classic to everyone for free.

However, we are not able to support it the same way we are supporting Battlefield 3 and its expansion packs. We are hoping that those who find Battlefield 1942 interesting will have patience with any issues they experience and that they will help each other on the EA Answer HQ at

We are also opening up a new forum section on Battlelog where you can discuss Battlefield 1942 and specifically this Origin release of the game.

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Comments (1254)

Thanks for the game :D
Why don't you take some of that $100,000,000 dollars and fix the game? The sound is so messed up on PS3. Your servers suck because you allow lower ping to play with higher ping.
Dear diary, today DICE was a pretty cool guy
I just get "invalid cd key" and then it quit's to desktop
I'll DL BF1943 when it uses the FRONSTBITE 2 game engine.
This is awesome of you guys to re-release this. Can we PLEASE get a new FROSTBITE2 Engine version of the game? It's Time....
Like Optimus says.Keep the same maps,bugs and the Frisbee mines,and sharpen the graphics,destructive terrain,and youve got a winner...and thank you for making it free to everyone...what servers are out there?
only if it worked ....keep getting invalid cd key error.....
WOW DICE, over a year ago you guaranteed PS3 players BF1942 free and now, over a year later, you finally give it FOR P-E-R-S-O-N-A-L C-O-M-P-U-T-E-R-S, thanks dice for showing what *WE* shouldn't do in customer service/relations
Nice idea, also it would be nice to include battlefield 2142 since i bought it i never manage to play on line
Pages of comments full of first, second etc... What a bunch of tw*ts... Some of you sad C*nts really need to get a life.
Oh how nice... For the pc players. What's in it for the console players ?
i think it is the first battlefield bad graphic but its the first title of a good game I LOVE it hm i doesnt played but hey, it plays in 1945 i saw videos from it and its cool good D I C E
Can't play. Downloaded and it says CD key invalid. Er.... WTF?
You should put in and The Road to Rome and Secret Weapons of WWII it is better with expanisons.
for invalid CD KEY. just repair install. easy as pie
Free BF1942 for where it started...and they should offer free BF2 for where it ended... BF3 does NOT carry on the Battlefield pedigree at all, ESPECIALLY for the PC. It's just a step backwards in their quest for our money and appeasing the console kiddies. Such a shame.
anybody play bf1942?
Invalid CD key?
Not available for Taiwan Origin. And Free BF1942 works on Win7 or Win8?
For U.S. based online play one of the oldest and most competitive communties can be found at moongamers , New Hardware , New I.P.'s Look for 'moon' in the server browser and add to favorites.
I have had battlefield 1942 on my pc for about six months. twice now it has dropped a file that will not let it load up and play. First time it fixed itself,, second time would not fix. So I uninstalled the whole thing, and now will not load into my pc off the battlefield3 that I paid for six months ago..... so..... WHAT DO I need to do???... My screen name is leoncj,, and I really like the game HELP,, HELP HELP

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