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Battlefield 1943 hits Xbox backward compatibility and EA Access Vault

This week's Battlefield V announcement confirmed that EA and DICE are headed back to World War II with the next entry in the franchise. But if that reveal has you psyched to return to the fight between Axis and Allies, then you can now hit up one of the series' earlier entries, Battlefield 1943, as part of the Xbox backward compatibility program.

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Battlefield 1943 was released in 2009 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The title lets players fight as either part of the U.S. Marine Corps or the Japanese Imperial Navy across maps spread through the Pacific theater. This was a multiplayer-only release, complete with the vehicles and player classes that Battlefield is known for. At launch, the game reviewed well, averaging a Metacritic score of 83 for the Xbox 360 release.

Xbox One players who already own Battlefield 1943 should be able to dive right in now. Otherwise, you can pick the game up at the [Xbox Marketplace for $9.99 at the Xbox Marketplace (opens in new tab). If you happen to be an EA Access subscriber, the game is now included with your subscription as part of the EA Access Vault.

For more, check out our comprehensive list of Xbox backward compatible titles.

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  • This was a great game. I like the pc version more though
  • I hope people will start playing it again
  • Downloading tonight!
  • Get me Battlefield Vietnam and I'm a happy man!
  • This is the last EA game I felt was worth the asking price. Downloaded and holy crap there are players still on it!!! Also I love the Air Superiority maps, fun blowing up the enemy before they can take off!
  • Great game, can't wait to play this again...
  • Yes! been waiting for this, downloading now! cH3F3NzO on XBL
  • Yes. My most played game on the 360.