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Battlefield 4: everything that’s confirmed so far

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A complete breakdown of everything we know so far about the upcoming multiplayer shooter from EA and DICE.

Battlefield 4 was unveiled last month, and over the past few weeks, we’ve gotten a ton of information about the upcoming first person shooter. We know that the game is scheduled for release this Fall, and that a beta will be available in the Fall as well. We also know that the game is only confirmed for the PC and current gen consoles, but there have been strong indications that Battlefield 4 will be released on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720. Here’s a complete breakdown of everything we know so far about BF4:

Battlefield 4 singleplayer

Battlefield 4 soldierSo far DICE has only discussed the Battlefield 4 singleplayer portion. Starting with the full 17 minute singleplayer gameplay walkthrough, we got to see the new direction DICE is taking with BF4. In a subsequent interview, DICE said that they weren’t satisfied with the singleplayer in BF3, and felt that it was “too controlling and too linear“. They’re looking to make the Battlefield 4 singleplayer more like the recent Bad Company games, where players had more freedom to chose how to approach a particular objective.



Battlefield 4 Multiplayer

There haven’t been many details on the Battlefield 4 multiplayer part, but we do know a few things. For one, PC gamers will still be getting the full 64-player experience, while those on the PS3 and Xbox 360 will once again be limited to 24 players. One piece of good news is that DICE is taking special interest in eSports with Battlefield 4, which means the game might ship with some advanced tournament features. Another thing that’s been confirmed is that co-op will not return in Battlefield 4.

Pre-orders and bonuses

The game is now available for pre-order on EA’s Origin platform and at various brick and mortar retailers around the world. If you pre-order, you’ll be getting free access to the very first Battlefield 4 DLC, called Drone Strike Expansion. EA also offers a Digital Deluxe Edition on Origin, which include access to the beta this Fall. GameStop and other retailers will throw in a pair of real dog tags if you pre-order. Battlefield 4 is already the most pre-ordered game at GameStop and other retailers.

New Frostbite 3 game engine

Battlefield 4 Frostbite 3The “brand new” (as DICE calls it) Frostbite 3 engine powers Battlefield 4 and adds better destruction, new weather effects, new lighting system, new character animations, and more. DICE is working with both Nvidia and AMD to release video card drivers optimized for Battlefield 4 when the game hits the store shelves this Fall. Additionally, Frostbite 3 will be used in the upcoming Dragon Age 3 and Mass Effect games.

Battlefield 4 weapons and vehicles

We’ve only seen a few Battlefield 4 weapons so far. One of them is the M1911 pistol, another is the M39 EMR sniper rifle, both of which are featured on the poster and box art. Additionally, we’ve seen plenty of weapons and vehicles during the 17-minute singleplayer gameplay session. As for Battlefield 4 vehicles, game artwork has revealed the M1 Abrams tank, the Chinese Type-99 tank, and the Russian MI-28 Havoc attack helicopter.

Battlefield 4 beta

The Battlefield 4 beta will launch this Fall, and will be accessible to all BF3 Premium owners. Additionally, there are two ways to get into the beta: pre-order the Digital Deluxe Edition on Origin, or purchase a copy of Medal of Honor Warfighter.

Battlefield 4 Premium

Battlefield 4 contructionDICE confirmed last month that Battlefield 4 will be getting a Premium service, and that it will likely be ready at launch this Fall. Premium should retail for $50 and will offer free access to all upcoming DLC, new Battlelog features, and other goodies. For more, check out our recent article about what we can expect in Battlefield 4 Premium.

DLC and maps

We know that Battlefield 4 DLC is already in the making, and EA has confirmed that the very first DLC, Drone Strike Expansion, will be released shortly after launch. Drone Strike Expansion will be free to those who pre-order the game from EA and other retailers. As for Battlefield 4 maps, we’ve heard rumors that the popular BF2 map Road To Jalalabad might be remade for BF4.

Trailers and screenshots

Finally, we’ve got a collection of the trailers, screenshots, and wallpapers that have been released so far. Also check out the final Battlefield 4 box art for the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

Battlefield 4 singleplayer gameplay video:

9 COMMENTS & TRACKBACKS

  1. Johnny Neat
    April 18th, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    I hope next gen consoles get 60fps, 64 players and looks close to what we were shown in the 17min single player gameplay. I also would appreciate new if not multiple character models. Never liked the sniper skins in BF3. Super lame. Now where is that multi-player reveal!?

  2. Johnny Neat
    April 18th, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    I hope next gen consoles get 60fps, 64 players and looks close to what we were shown in the 17min single player gameplay. I also would appreciate new if not multiple character models. Never liked the sniper skins in BF3. Super lame. Now where is that multi-player reveal!?

  3. Tiezzynator
    April 18th, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    We also saw the AEK-971 when you knife that guy on the building and when your sliding ik the collapsing building, we also saw the I believe the m249 one of your teammates had one of those, we m16/m4 you walked with that, there will also be Mp412 tex when he shoots the window of the car and we also saw the G17 ( I’m not totally sure ) when your teammate points his gun at you when you open a door in the first part

  4. Sam
    April 19th, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Hi, this is Sam from GamerSpawn. I’d like to get in touch with the author of this article. Could you send me your email address?

    Twitter: @samvanzoest

  5. IceKoldKilla
    April 20th, 2013 at 1:37 am

    WTF?!
    “If you pre-order, you’ll be getting free access to the very first Battlefield 4 DLC, called Drone Strike Expansion.”
    So basically they are already planning the DLC meaning they are creating the content and are NOT putting it in the disc to later make people pay. I’m guessing the second one is already being made as well. I hate EA for this and I DO NOT plan on buying BF4. I have BF3 and the Multiplayer can get boring for my taste. I waste too much time running around to later get killed. I’m not that good at BF and the maps are too big for the amount of players it can hold on PS3. Game looks EPIC but I need to save up for PS4.

    • alex
      April 23rd, 2013 at 6:35 am

      Ofcourse they are. EA (not DiCE) are all about making money and milking their customers.

      • John
        May 23rd, 2013 at 2:55 pm

        I’m sorry but Dice is the one making the game and its content… why no blame for them? “cause its EA”

    • Cory Barton
      May 15th, 2013 at 4:41 am

      IceColdKilla I understand where your coming from bro, I was a Call of Duty player and HATED Battlefield for the longest time and just thought it was a crappy game and that they put out a crappy game just for some money, and honestly it was because I was in denial, I wasn’t good at it, but I actually gave it a chance and now I ONLY play Battlefield, I quit playing Call of Duty and switched to Battlefield In my opinion I think Battlefield is the best game ever! But I’m looking to put together a very good and precise team for Battlefield 4 to go to tournaments and play professionally so if your good at Battlefield add me on Xbox, my Gamertag is zBazinga! We will get a team together and practice on Battlefield 3, I own my own server on BF3 so we can practice an private games!

  6. EA in a nutshell
    April 30th, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    oh great another rinse and repeat of bf3.5 I thought Ea will never charge for DLC packs lol my @ss

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