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Battlefield 4 player count is set at 64 players

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DICE confirms that BF4 will stick with 64 players. Plus two Commanders.

Battlefield 4 player countThose 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.

14 COMMENTS & TRACKBACKS

  1. mohammad
    August 24th, 2013 at 9:58 am

    will this leave one squad with 3 players ( because squads will have 5 players ) on both team i mean come on DICE it’s just extra 6 players i think that is not hard for you & won’t ruin the “fun” & hopefully not all flags are “clustered closely together” in all maps & dlcs because that would be nonsense oh &…. don’t bring stupid operation freakin metro back because it’s the worst lame map infested with cod players i played on bf3…..

    • Dictator
      August 24th, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      Three players? What? Last time I checked, 60+3=63. 60+4=64. It’s a lack of just one player, calm down.

      • Maike
        August 24th, 2013 at 1:17 pm

        32+(1 comander) x 32(1 comander)

        5+5+5+5+5+5+2+(1 comander) x 5+5+5+5+5+5+2+(1 comander)

        Three players, 2 players and 1 comander

      • mohammad
        August 24th, 2013 at 2:05 pm

        i’m saying that the all squads in bf4 will have 5 players on both team unlike bf3 which it was contain 4 players , so it will leave 3 players in a not fully completed squad that what most of the players was saying since they saw the 5 squad members & i’m not angry just saying the truth besides why not bumping the players to 70 ? because the squads will have full members in it .

  2. George
    August 24th, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Well, this isn’t the worst news… could always be worse. Was hoping for 6 man squads but 5 I guess will work. Hoping for everything BF2 had functionality wise but improved upon but not holding breath. Though I AM EXCITED for this games release and will be purchasing it.

  3. Tyrane
    August 24th, 2013 at 11:38 am

    no doubt about it battlefield is going downhill

  4. xdchinchilla
    August 24th, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    im actually really pissed off, +3 players wouldnt really screw any thing up, just make game modes like conquest more intense and fun. i was REALLY hoping they would make the player count bigger!

  5. Johnny Neat
    August 24th, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    While this news is annoying and/or disappointing, we should be concerned over how close or how far console versions are from PC. I hope its not horribly as drastic as BF3 was.

    • WOOT FTW
      August 25th, 2013 at 10:30 am

      I’m sure we’ll get a trailer featuring a new SP mission on a console. The Operation Guillotine trailer was on Xbox 360 so it’s time will come.

  6. Joey
    August 24th, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    will there be 5 man squads in BF4 on PS3 also or no?

  7. Noobslayerbob
    August 24th, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    It seems like many people are assuming that every squad on a team of 32 players will be comprised of the full five players. Even in BF3, you rarely (if ever) see a game where every squad on your team is perfectly rounded out. I think the five-man squads will barely change anything, aside from allowing for slightly bigger squads, which isn’t a massive game-changer to begin with.

  8. Danny
    August 26th, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    What about spectrators slots? on full server w/two commanders(66) i can’t spectate?

  9. Nen
    August 29th, 2013 at 11:46 am

    But on ps3 it is 24 or 32 players ;/

  10. NahYoChill
    September 1st, 2013 at 8:19 am

    “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.”

    more CODification. remember when Caspian Border was revealed to not be nearly as cool as that multiplayer trailer looked? sure, the map is big (could be bigger…) but the flags are close together and a lot of those hills and grassy areas are often unoccupied, never being any battles there

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