Battlefield 4 player count is set at 64 players
Those hoping that Battlefield 4 might support more than 64 players are out of luck. DICE has officially confirmed that Battlefield 4 will “only” support 64 players. Technically though, the game supports 66 players, as each team will have a dedicated Commander.
We previously reported that Battlefield 4 might get 70+ players, but now DICE has dismissed those rumors, saying that they are set at 64 players. According to DICE’s Lars Gustavsson in a recent video interview at GamesCom, the team is satisfied with 64 players. Back with BF3, DICE reported that they had tested BF3 with up to 128 players, but that it “just wasn’t fun”.
DICE says that 64 players today feels like more compared to 64 players in past Battlefield games. This is because spawning has improved, which means that players are never too far away from the battle. Gusttavsson compared this to BF1942, which also supported 64 players. But, he said, after players spawned in BF1942, they had a long time to travel before reaching battle. In Battlefield 4, with squad spawn, radio beacons, the player is always close to the main battle on the map.
Maps now also feature flags that are clustered closely together, making it easier for infantry to run between flags instead of having to rely on vehicles. This is both good and bad, as it focuses the action, but on the other hand, it loses some of the “grand scale” that the Battlefield series is known for.
Finally, Gustavsson said that DICE isn’t set on 64 players for future Battlefield games, adding that this much change for future games in the series.