Battlefield 4: everything that’s confirmed so far
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
So 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
The “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
DICE 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: