Battlefield 4 confirmed for fall 2013

DICE's new shooter arriving later this year for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC; runs on Frostbite 3; 17-minute gameplay trailer revealed.

Electronic Arts confirmed today that Battlefield 4 will launch this fall. No platforms were named in the game's official announcement, but its preorder page lists the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. A 17-minute gameplay trailer is embedded below.

Battlefield 4 is powered by the Frostbite 3 engine, technology that EA said will "set a new standard for interactive entertainment in 2013."

EA described Battlefield 4 as a "seminal moment" for the series, noting that some of the franchise's multiplayer elements will be incorporated into single-player this time around. Battlefield 4's single-player campaign will also track players' progress, allowing gamers to compete head-to-head.

In addition, players will be able to issue squad commands in Battlefield 4's single-player campaign.

Lastly, EA announced today that those who preorder Battlefield 4 will receive a free "premium expansion." No further information about this add-on was divulged. A Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe edition for the PC will also be available exclusively through Origin. Gamers who preorder this version will also receive the aforementioned expansion, as well as access to the Battlefield 4 multiplayer beta.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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dalua360
dalua360

Frostbite 2 was a lie, and people made DICE billionaire, Frostbite 3 has been announced ONLY after 2 years from its predecessor...... Oh DICE, you know how to make money !!! Good one ! Good one, indeed !

ps: For the fanboys here, I'm not saying BF3 is bad, I'm saying that DICE got the same disease EA and Activision have: The "milking disease" , it's very dangerous !

LuIzalot
LuIzalot

All I care about is whether PC or Consoles are the lead platform. I can't afford a high end quality gaming PC and if the console port of BF4 is as bad as the BF3 console port it looks like I'll be skipping this entry. Dice STILL hasn't fixed the horrendous input lag that plagues the PS3 version, and to a lesser extent the 360 version.

mike468
mike468

I loved BF3, but this needs to be next gen for the PS4& next xbox at launch or I'm not buying it. BF3's console graphics where lack luster compared to the PC version. With this gaming using an even more advanced engine i don't see the game reaching this level of detail on the consoles and there is no way I'm dropping $1000+ for a gaming PC.

Borealis2012
Borealis2012

BF4 BETA is coming Fall 2013....please pay attention to detail. Gosh, you news editors are getting worse every year. Go, change jobs please.

Tialian
Tialian

I'm confused.  Is this a DLC or a sequel?  Hope they aren't expecting people to pay $60 for BF3.5.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Love the bf series much more than any multiplayer shooter out there. This trailer is simply stunning!

Maverick6575
Maverick6575

Anyone saying that CoD is better should walk away. They don't appreciate the massive scale and challenge of BF3, and the BF series in general. CoD is alright, but it is nowhere near as awesome as BF3. 

There is the same amount of weapons in BF3 as there is in MW3 and BO2 combined. You could fit at least 4 CoD maps in a single BF3 map... And do I even have to mention vehicles? BF3: Tanks, Jets, Helicopters, Humvees, LAV, AA, Boats, ATVs, dirtbikes, and more. CoD: *cricket chirps*

 I like the small, frantic action of CoD, but you can get the same feeling in the Close Quarters expansion for BF3.

TOAST

nikon133
nikon133

Personally I'd like Dice to do some more separation between BF and BF:BC.


I'd like BF to evolve a bit more into tactical, team oriented gameplay. 

Campaign that plays more like Flashpoint or ARMA games, both single player and co-op. Not that hardcre, but shift in that direction. More open world, less scripted. Full campaign for 4 players co-op.

Competitive which rewards teamplay more than run&gun. Handicap for endless running (accuracy goes down as heartbeat rises. Fatique.). More points when you are doing things with your squad than when you do them lone wolf.

BF:BC, less serious, more attitude. Heavy scripted single player, with blockbuster fireworks etc. Co-op would be nice but not that important. More casual competitive, more run&gun friendly, extra points for doing crazy or creative stuff (like killing people by collapsing buildings etc).

More competitive game types. Convoy ambush sort of scenario would be awesome, IMHO. One side has to escort very slow vehicle across the map, protecting it with tanks, jeeps and other vehicles. Other side trying to destroy or hijack it.

ghostXzero
ghostXzero

dang,  bf4 is announced.  but ea / dice still hasn't fixed the horrible multiplayer stuttering lag performance problem introduced after the aftermath update.  tons of people are still having the problem, yet still no fix.  with such poor support, how can we have confidence in buying bf4?

IronBeaver
IronBeaver

So the only detail that is not "buy it now and..." or some marketing crap, is.......related to single player? smh

keeperdude07
keeperdude07

I was already suckered into Battlefield 3. No thanks.

Sounds empty and gimmicky as f***. 

Savoritias
Savoritias

EA: For the next Battlefield we will tweak the engine a little so we can make 5 more games with it and call it Frostbite 3. We will put the nice idea mister money had recently for microtransactions. We will make quick 6 hour story just to call it single player and make one-two new modes for the multiplayer. And the best of all we will tell that our vision from the start was to make it an MMo so we will slap an always online connection to handle our outdated servers.

huerito323
huerito323

Is that Joey from Friends in that cover picture? lol


 I'm sold!! Take my money EA! Joey Tribbiani 4 ever!

grin89
grin89

im upset they still have the teleport in and out of vehicle problem just add a animation so that ill see when someones jumping out of their tank after i disable it already.

draken2533
draken2533

Just hoping with the new consoles that there can be way more than 24 players, game was way to big for only 24 people IMO. CoD to me wins on console and BF3 crushes CoD on PC. So if they can get 64 players on console i can see CoD slipping away if they stick to 18 players max but that's just my opinion.

scarred_fox
scarred_fox

The Chinese now involved? any1 else feel EA is pulling a blizzard by creating episodic content? let me guess...BF5 will involve some Mid East army too?

Mega_Loser
Mega_Loser

i really hope it requires origin and constant online connection for you all to enjoy the most.

DownHill911
DownHill911

Battlefield 4 confirmed for FAIL 2013.

I hope they get it right this time. BF3 was unfinished product sold to public and every new fix/patch caused another problem. Then we have never ending attempts to wepon ballance which imballnced unballanced wepons and made them unusablbe.

Question 1 for DICE : When you make FPS game is there no way to try it out and find if any weapons are superior compared to others before you release it?

Question 2: When can I buy premium? I do not want to buy DLC and then pay for Premium with the same DLC in it.

THANKS

jasongm
jasongm

As much as i loved and played the hell outta BF3... I'm gonna pass on this one. Especially since newer consoles are coming out end of year. I just want to retire my PS3 and play with the new PS4. I would of bought this game alone if it was next gen.

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

I hope they make Bad Company 3, and make it next gen with Frostbite 4 engine. Bad Company 2 was better than battlefield 3 really

Aria1368
Aria1368

@dalua360 Frostbite 2 was brilliant, Frostbite 3 looks mind blowing ... what is your problem ?! If DICE can generate billion dollar revenue, it's because their product (Battlefield games) are simply amazing, and they never get old...

huerito323
huerito323

@Tialian This is gonna be on next gen consoles, running on Frostbite 3. It is most certainly NOT the same game. BF3 on consoles wasn't even half as good as it should have been due to console limitations. BF4 is going to be a huge improvement. 

hystavito
hystavito

@nikon133 I too would like BF to be more tactical and team oriented, little more realistic, etc.  Chances of that happening are pretty much zero :).

Tialian
Tialian

@grin89 Have to agree.  I loved how PlanetSide had animations for entering and exiting vehicles, such a small detail really brought a lot of immersion to the game.  It was unfortunate that it wasn't kept in PS2.  Seems a shame that BF would have such realistic elements like destructible buildings and yet people are still teleporting in and out of vehicles.

Maverick6575
Maverick6575

@scarred_fox You can't really blame them for choosing a different country. CoD MW1, MW2, MW3, BO1, and BF3 have ALL had a Russian opposition (I'm sure there are plenty others too). I think it might open up some different story opportunities

Mega_Loser
Mega_Loser

*sigh*

it's not your fault, fans. i take that back.

HapiJoel
HapiJoel

@jasongm Yeah, it was confirmed on PS4 ages ago, probably one of the first games that was...so happy days!

Got2stoned
Got2stoned

@amaan4ever Your right!! I just started playing BF when bad company came out. The Difference between the two was that in BC everything could be blown up. In BF i dont understand why some dinky walls will withstand a tank

dalua360
dalua360

@Aria1368 @dalua360 Oh yeah, sure my friend, and Kristen Stewart is multi-millionaire because she is the best actress.... and Justin Bieber is multi-millionaire because he is an awesome singer !!! Everything that makes money these days is because they deserve due to their awesome quality, it's not marketing ! OK? It's not marketing.... -.-

As you didn't give any technical facts, and I just heard a bunch of fanboyish arguments from you, I recommend to you to play Red Faction Guerrilla and try to understand what means physics, then you will be able to realize that I acknowledged that BF3 is one of the best FPS right now on several other comments, but Frostbite 2 hasn't real destruction, it's pre-programed, which means that every bulding will Always fall the same way, and I'm pretty sure that if Rad Faction could do real physics in 2009, why not Frostbite 2 could deliver that in 2011 ??? Listen, I'm not comparing graphics quality, this is ONLY about physics ! BF3 is astonishing in terms of graphical effects, but my frustration is about the realism in combat, the completely wrong performance of the weapons, and the total lack of real destruction !

flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

@huerito323 @Tialian Except that BF4 is totally being released on PS3 and 360. The footage was from the PC version. Don't forget, BF3 is gorgeous as well, but at the expense of being all show and no substance.

Tialian
Tialian

Guess you didn't detect the sarcasm.  At any rate, I'm a PC gamer.  Playing shooters on consoles is the kind of thing PC gamers like me laugh about.  There is a reason PC players can't play with console players, consoles would get owned big time.

DownHill911
DownHill911

@Nexrad @keeperdude07  

Maybe, I can not tell, I moved on already. I started plaing since it was released(played Alpha and Beta too) but quit after few months since game was not ready and every patch broke something else.

Sadly, I never miss that game although I spent almost 300 hours playing it.

draken2533
draken2533

@CANOFOWNAGE @draken2533 yes it was confirmed for ps4 just because this article doesn't say it doesn't mean it's not coming for next gen look around for yourself. I'm pretty sure EA is gonna wait to talk about it more until M$'s reveal.

Aria1368
Aria1368

@dalua360 @Aria1368 I'll break my answer in 3 parts 

why it's called Frostbite 3 not Frostbite 2.5:

1) Particle effects, new lighting by Geomerics Enlighten,Entirely new tessellation technology, higher res textures objects, completely new water physics,Cinematic Bokeh Effect, Real Reflective Surface (similar to UE4), impressive water technology that allows them to approximate the violent waves of the open seas,improved texture streaming, Dynamic foliage and vegetation, physics-based deconstruction(Destruction 4.0),New Fire/explosion effects, Much improved character's animation, Double the character's facial detail,  Only support DX11 on PCs, Air particles, cloth, trees and smoke will be affected by local and global wind effects, from nearby explosions and passing cars to weather effects. NONE of these were present in FB2 ... They are enough to justify a new engine.

2)DICE at first try to duplicate the real world performance of guns, but it turned out in a virtual world of gaming where balancing is important, such realism don't have any place. Unless the game meant to be a military simulator, which Battlefield isn't one.

3)As much as WE would love to see un-scripted real-time physics simulation of destruction (similar to RD Guerrilla)... But the thing is, it's almost impossible to have such a thing in a Massively multiplayer game that take place over a network. It's a technical thing, that Network Infrastructure is not reliable enough to bring thousands of pieces of a building together at on place and get them exploded by many individual players over a network all around the world. Latency and lag and many other factors can cause such destruction to perform wrongly and causes so much problems.   Physics based behaviour of Destroyed particles could changed over a simply lag on a single person's computer. That no one would like to have in a middle of their battle. Therefore having a pre-defined destruction that could triggered with a predicted/fixed behaviour is a way to go on an online multiplayer game. What you've seen in Red Faction was a physics provided by "HAvok Engine" which was used in their single player game. "HAvok Engine" was the provider of physics engine in Battlefield 3 as well. If your wish was possible in a Multiplayer game, Trust me! We'd have seen it, As Havok's best engine version is always reserved for Battlefield. 

Tialian
Tialian

@huerito323 @Tialian Perhaps.  But in my experience people that play shooters on consoles are at a vast skill disadvantage because they aren't used to reacting so fast or shooting with rapid precision.  Some years ago I played 16 player halo and simply wiped the floor with everyone that thought they were good at the game.  Maybe that has changed, but I doubt by much.

huerito323
huerito323

@Tialian lol..the only reason console gamers would get owned is because you have better precision with a mouse, NOT because you're more skilled. Get that straight in your little head. 


lemmy2
lemmy2

@PSYCHOV3N0M @ck10304 Agreed. BC 1 had a much superior campaign. And then they mucked it up by turning the campaign in BC 2 into a linear COD clone. It was still better than the campaign for BF3 though.