Battlefield 4 beta kicks off in October

DICE confirms pre-release multiplayer trial for upcoming military shooter launching in two months for Battlefield 3 Premium owners; Obliteration game mode detailed.

A multiplayer beta for Battlefield 4 will launch in early October ahead of the game's release, developer DICE announced today during the Electronic Arts Gamescom briefing in Cologne, Germany.

CEO Karl-Magnus Troedsson announced the news. The beta will be made available first to Battlefield 3 Premium owners, those who preordered the Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe version, and owners of Medal of Honor: Warfighter .

Three days later, the beta will be available for all players worldwide. It will feature the Siege of Shanghai map on the Conquest mode. The beta will be available for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

Also during the briefing, DICE announced the names of the five expansions included with the Battlefield 4 Premium offering, which was announced last week. They are China Rising, Second Assault, Naval Strike, Dragon's Teeth, and Final Stand, which will release in summer 2014.

A Battlefield 4 Premium membership will sell for $50, the same price as a Battlefield 3 Premium subscription. Those with a membership will gain entry to all new content two weeks ahead of everyone else.

DICE also showed off a new map and mode for Battlefield 4 during the briefing. The map is called Paracel Storm, while the new mode is Obliteration. In this game mode, players must carry one bomb to an enemy target and detonate it to win.

Battlefield 4 launches for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on October 29. The Xbox One and PS4 versions do not have release dates yet.

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102 comments
SpinDie25
SpinDie25

lol "new multiplayer modes!".. When will game companies ever learn? Sure you can add 20 different game types to choose from but at the end of the day 17 out of 20 of those gametypes will all have 0-50 players while the traditional DM,TDM,and CTF will all have like 18,983,194 players lol..

But rush and conquest are a must have for BF,  im just talking about most games in general. Like halo 3 had so many gametypes to choose from but 99% of them were all empty anyways. And same with call of duty there is such a long list of gametypes which are all empty so like whats the point.. Just keep it simple stupid!

lilj2626
lilj2626

REALLY DA GAME SHUD B OUT NOW N DA BETA SHUDA CUM OUT MAYBE LAST MTH SO YEA ITS SUM KINDA STUNT N WSUP WIT DIS BF3 CRAP 2 YRS LATA STIL RELEASIN DLC???

lilj2626
lilj2626

ok y not release it nxt mth y wait til Oct???

Messenger360p
Messenger360p

This isn't beta testing so close to release, this is just another EA 'PR' stunt.

hishamramzan
hishamramzan

why October ? why not September or August ?

egger7577
egger7577

So basically everyone will eventually have access to the Beta and it's pointless for me to upgrade to the Digital Deluxe version? According to Origin though only the Digital Deluxe version will come with access to the Beta. Can somebody clarify this?

erik2005
erik2005

pfff...how about releasing it today!

4le_breVVer
4le_breVVer

It's not a Beta when the game gets released 3-4 weeks later. GS don't be dumb and use the proper terminology, it is a demo! Writing BETA makes is sound like the dev's are seeking development input.

nblach
nblach

Anyone know how BF4 on the Xbox 360 and BF4 on the Xbox 1 will differ? And if I buy the x360 version do I play with players on X1?

namdar
namdar

I am looking forward to the beta.... no more matter how glitchy or mr stretchy the player models get :P

Lifeshifter
Lifeshifter

Kinda stupid to release the Beta so late. Should be releasing in Sept instead. 

alenth
alenth

it needs MORE time seriously, for a competitive game like this a month of beta and gamers feedback is just not enough, it will be Bf3 all over again with horrible bugs and glitches in launch day, serious advice here: do not buy this game on launch day.

ender707
ender707

BF3 felt like the Beta for BF4. 

Armyboy5
Armyboy5

Am I understanding this right? The "beta" is available only 29 days before the game is out?

it's crazy that they advertised the exclusive beta for whoever pre orders the deluxe edition

WTA2k5
WTA2k5

Truly, the best time to release a beta for your game is mere days before that game releases.

ghostwarrior79
ghostwarrior79

Can someone explain how "field upgrades" or "specializations" work? I'm a BF4 newb. Also, will I be able to use PDWs and all kit shotguns as secondary weapons? Thanks.

ghostwarrior79
ghostwarrior79

The fact that weapons are no longer restricted to classes makes for some wild ideas!

Recon with assault rifle

Support sniper

Lmg engineer

CQB assault

etc etc......

ghostwarrior79
ghostwarrior79

Obliteration mode reminds me of playing counter strike with/against bots on a map where we have to plant the BOMB! no medics and regenerating health in those days. "the bomb has been planted"

ghostwarrior79
ghostwarrior79

What we need is some ON DISK DLCS! Sometimes, some of us don't have GBs to throw around for a single patch or map pack. EA should give us BF4 premium with ON DISK patches and DLCs! THEY will make a KILLING! I don't mind activating the dlcs and stuff like that.

Quarkzquarkz
Quarkzquarkz

Aww, I thought Obliteration mode would have been a mode where everything and ANYTHING would be destructible. =(

dman123_1
dman123_1

@SpinDie25 Part of the problem is that the objective games don't really offer anything. If you can achieve everything just by killing people, why be concerned with the objective. Objective kind of modes can be fun, but when you have the majority of people concerned with their K/D ratio, it really takes the fun out of it.

themc_7
themc_7

@Messenger360p I agree. The game comes out in November and will probably have gone gold by the time the beta opens. If there's a huge out cry to change something in the beta, it's too late. A true beta comes out a few months before the game's release, not 30 days.

t3ero2zero
t3ero2zero

@nblach 360 will be 12 vs12 +2 comanders (there is word it "could" get bumped to 16vs16 thats to with the new 5 man teams now not a lot of 5s go in to 12? )

xone will be 32 vs32 +2 comanders

Neelyry
Neelyry

@nblach no of course you cannot play cross last gen and next gen. the diff will be huge. imagine a PC with all stats set to very high to a pc with stats set to medium or low. thats the diff

JFitzy87
JFitzy87

@alenth Why not buy it and try it out? If there are glitches then you are providing live testing for the developers. If it is too frustrating and you can't stand playing it in a early, post launch, glitchy state, then wait a week or two and most issues should be resolved. It's not like it's a static thing like a console, that if it has problems, then you are SOL or need to return it under warranty. The game is software and is a fluid and ever changing thing.

I will not disagree that it needs more beta time. I would love to get my hands on the beta first week of September. Though that is not the case, it will not make me hold out on buying.

Gle4se
Gle4se

@ender707 They did say they released DLC's to see what worked and what not.

namdar
namdar

@ender707 Right? It almost feels with each yearly release they are just packing in more updates to the core engine and selling it as brand new product.... :/

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

@Armyboy5 

What sux even more is waiting to play the game with your next gen console woe is me...

egger7577
egger7577

As you progress through the game you receive upgrades on your kits and vehicles. If you play assault for example and you use the M-16 you will receive upgrades for that gun and upgrades for that kit. There are also vehicle upgrades. An example would be the tank radar which allows you to see players on the map within the vicinity of your tank. The more points and kills in a vehichle unlock the upgrades. Your specializations do not stack so if you selct sprint the same time another player on your squad does than it still counts as one. You can observe what your other teamates are speced for before deploying and choose your appropriate specialization.  PDW's are primary weapons as well as shotguns but you can attach a shotgun to your underslung rail once unlocked on an M16. Just don't go spamming noob tubes.

lucas_2020
lucas_2020

@Quarkzquarkz that is what I miss from Bad company 2. I know that levolution will be great and all.... but I want to feel that I can destrow almost anything the way we used to do, and then take a look back and see the level as a freaking wasteland..... yea.... I want that back

hishamramzan
hishamramzan

@t3ero2zero @hishamramzan well i am talking about the beta, why release the beta and the actual game in the same month? either make it at least a month or more early or else dont even bother releasing a beta

johnners2981
johnners2981

@JFitzy87 Really? Two weeks? It took dice 2-3 months to patch bf3.

zaboon_
zaboon_

Yearly release? BF3 was released in 2011...

dman123_1
dman123_1

@zaboon_  I guess with all the content BF3 provided throughout 2012, he must have thought it was a new game, so he confused himself.