Battlefield 4 supports 66 players, as Commanders don’t count
An interesting bit of news was revealed today during the Battlefield 4 live gameplay demonstration at E3. DICE revealed that Battlefield 4 actually supports 66 players, as the two commanders on each team do not count towards the overall player count. So each team has 32 players on the battlefield, plus one commander.
Another detail was revealed about the Battlefield 4 commander feature: the commander cannot play on the battlefield alongside the other players. Unlike in BF2, where Commanders were regular soldiers on the map, this time, they’re confined to their map screen and various tools and weapons.
One of the big criticisms of the commander in BF2 and BF2142 were that players who played as commanders would run around the map and didn’t really focus on commanding. Looks like that will be fixed with Battlefield 4, where the player leading the team will only see his command screen, as seen here:
The more control points his team has, the more weapons and gadgets the Commander has at his disposal. Some of the weapons include artillery, Tomahawk missile strike, UAV drone, and more.