Kicking of on Saturday February 1, Electronic Arts announced a Player Appreciation Month for Battlefield 4. DICE general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson wrote in a press release today that the developer would offer, "A month filled with fun community missions and daily giveaways that you get just for jumping into a match."
In addition to multiple events and bonuses, Troedsson wrote, "We are further improving a number of items commonly referred to as 'netcode.' This will tighten the overall multiplayer experience, and we will be able to share these items with you in detail soon."
Platoons will also make a return sometime in mid-February: "In this added social layer, you can team up with your friends to create your own social space and accumulate stats together. We’re also working on other feature additions that you’ve been asking for -- stay tuned for more."
Other planned perks include:
- A Battlepack a Day: "Every day that you log into the game in February, you’ll receive a Bronze or Silver Battlepack," which "contain bonuses like XP Boosts and soldier camos.
- Shortcut Bundles: Two shortcut bundles will "unlock all grenades and handguns for Battlefield 4 (the base game) so you can make up for lost time. Or if you’re new to the game, they will help you catch up with players who have been on the Battlefield since launch." Premium users will get an unlock for DMR's and shotguns.
- Double XP Weekend: Pretty self-explanatory -- there will be one double XP weekend. But Troedsson adds that Premium members "will also get an additional double XP weekend during the Player Appreciation Month as an added bonus."
- Community Missions: Global DICE Community Missions will let you work with a team to earn gold Battlepacks. The first mission will task you with "grabbing a set number of dog tags during a specified time."
- DICE Developer Talks: "Increased developer interaction and transparency on how we work is frequently requested from our fans," writes Troedsson. "During Player Appreciation Month, we will host a number of interviews with some of the core developers of Battlefield 4. In these interviews, you can ask them about their line of work, the effort they’ve put into Battlefield 4, or in the case of our core gameplay designer, what the balancing process of Battlefield 4 looks like.
Judging by the forums, the online problems that plagued the game for several months after launch seem to have calmed down considerably. And no further details have emerged on the potential lawsuits being lobbed at EA related to the Battlefield 4 issues.
More details will be coming soon and specific dates for the player appreciation month will be coming soon via the Battlefield 4 official forums. Is this enough to bring you back if you lapsed (or never even started playing)? Or have you been plugging away at Battlfield 4 despite the reported problems? Let us know in the comments below.