Battlefield 4 Gets "Core Gameplay Improvements" in Next Update

Soldier movement will now closely resemble Battlefield 3.

DICE plans to release a Battlefield 4 update in September that will include "core gameplay improvements," the developer has announced.

DICE has been working on the update for two months as part of its Community Test Environment (CTE), where its been testing improvements and changes to Battlefield 4 with the help of PC players since May.

One of the more interesting changes that will come in the update pertains to soldier movement, which DICE said has been made to closely match the one in Battlefield 3, but without compromising visual fidelity. This change should also make it easier to escape undesirable firefights.

Other major fixes in the update include tweaks to a number of game modes, a "de-cluttering" of the HUD/User Interface to show only what is most important, and a special effort to make revives easier to use and understand.

The update will also include more "netcode" improvements, which should further address the performance issues that Battlefield 4 has experienced since launch.

DICE said that CTE's next initiative is the Teamplay Initiative, which will include improvements to Commander mode, Squads, Field Upgrades, as well as further features and bug fixes.

For the full list of changes included in the next update and how to take part in the CTE, head over to the Battlefield Blog.

Thanks to Electronic Arts' Game Time promotion for Origin, you can also play Battlefield 4 for free for a week if you download the game before August 14, 10 AM PDT.

The next entry in the Battlefield series is Battlefield Hardline, which was recently delayed from fall 2014 to early 2015.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg and Google+.

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123 comments
oplix
oplix

Wait you are telling me that it's still experiencing core gameplay issues after ONE YEAR OF RELEASE????? Hahaha..here I was going to actually give my money to EA. Counter-strike is rolling on the floor laughing it's fat ass off.

dancthorpe
dancthorpe

Got this yesterday and after a few hours I think. Single player looks lovely on 360 but doesn't really push my buttons. But ok, better than I expected but not by much.

Multiplayer just feels different to my beloved BF3. Just doesn't feel as raw. Guns feel weaker. I don't know I can't put my finger on it but it doesn't feel as good. 

sentai123
sentai123

any expected release date for the update?

sentai123
sentai123

Anybody,was soldier movement better in BF3 or BF4?I've never had any BF before BF4;my first

Rushaoz
Rushaoz

"..a "de-cluttering" of the HUD/User Interface to show only what is most important, and a special effort to make revives easier to use and understand."

FINALLY. This game throws waaaay too much info on you on the screen that it clutters what you really need to look at. So tired of not shooting an enemy I thought was my teammate because a teammate just so happened to be directly behind him 100m away and his blue marker was sitting over the enemy. 

themc_7
themc_7

This game is just so dead for me. My friends and I have all moved on to other games. I really can't see myself getting into battlefield now even though it's fixed. I just don't care anymore. BF4, very well may be my last Battlefield game.

zachv1
zachv1

Year later and game is still having problems honestly bf is dead until they come up with a proper sequel not bf5/hardline or it will kill off majority of fanbase, so either a bf anniversary collection containing remakes of all old bf titles before bfbc or what the fan base wants bfbc3. That said hopefully DICE can get battlefront right and not make a bf clone or EA doesn't mess it up either way that all to be said.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

PS4 version seems largely stable and playable now, the only glaring issue they still haven't fixed is the dead silence at the beginning of a match when audio effects take too long to load

Sgt-Damain
Sgt-Damain

I just started playing again after an 8-9 month break, its really is not very much better than before. This update better make some decent improvements. I'll never pre order again from DICE.

snacky_smorez
snacky_smorez

They removed the need for Origin?!

Oh... More generic updates I see.

wes_fb
wes_fb

Will these updates coming to xone too?

Shelledfade1
Shelledfade1

Well from my experiences with BF3, (horrible player de-syncs, getting hit while behind cover: aka magical corner turning bullets, delayed kills, shooting someone without them dying or taking damage, instant 1-hit-kills from any gun) mainly just in general how bad the netcode was made multiplayer unplayable and all of these issues were common and happened all the time. So I didn't buy BF4 which turned out to be smart considering these problems are even worse in BF4.

One entire year later, an entire YEAR, they are attempting to improve the netcode? This CTE is only available to people who own BF4 premium as well? That seems idiotic if you're testing netcode you would want as many players as possible to stress it to see what the results of the attempted "improvements" are.

I wonder if they will charge something for the patch after its done, pretty ridiculous and its pretty hilarious. For me, battlefield died with BF2. 3 was a disaster and 4 appears to be even worse. Sorry dice but I won't be purchasing BF4 or your "hardline" crap either.

Not getting battlefront either. 20 bucks says the MP will be just as unplayable with their dog crap netcode. Dice makes a good engine for visuals, but that's the only thing they do. Maybe they should go and make single-player games only because if you can't get your MP to run smoothly without any problems then there is no point, nobody wants to play a mp game with problems like these.

Max_160
Max_160

1 year in and we find out the the new innovative buggy, laggy, broken BF4 will improve itself by being more like BF3... Seems legit.

toyiba
toyiba

I'm trying it on Game Time, only thing I like is low number of bullets needed in HC to kill.

I had bugs, glitches, pretty happy I didn't spend money on it. Also tried Hardline beta, won't be getting that piece of shit...

BF3 has flaws, but is better, I even bought Premium.

oldtobie
oldtobie

I feel like they are just stripping away all of the new core mechanics and replacing them with BF3's ones.

BeNOwNz
BeNOwNz

loadouts not saving, those annoying orange arrows...

yoda101280
yoda101280

Playing through the campaign on Origin's Game Time promotion, have to say the BF4 campaign is quite boring so far, it's pretty but far as fun I haven't really been excited by it at all.  Maybe I haven't gotten to the good parts yet but so far it's just 'meh'.

adders99
adders99

So are these patches for PC only????

Tranula
Tranula

Its free for a week, so everyone can decide whether they like it or not.

Maverick6585
Maverick6585

Why tell us about the patch instead of just releasing it?

Whiskey3romeo
Whiskey3romeo

As much as I'd love to play this game, there are way too many good games that deserve to be played ahead of this half-assed, clunky, buggy, ill conceived and poorly designed crap.

Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

Will they add gore and bullet wounds? I don't get why we are allowed to blow apart buildings, but when you shoot hostiles, they fall down without a scratch on them. This game is about war and it's rated M for mature. Step it up Dice!

CptRexKramer
CptRexKramer

Does anyone still play this piece of embarrassment? 

bruta
bruta

"core gameplay improvements" aka more crashes

DeusGladiorum
DeusGladiorum

I've only been playing Battlefield 4 as a part of the free one week gametime thing, but man I can really see why people can complain about the netcode. I play BF3 religiously, and when I have a ping of 10 in BF4 it feels closer to a ping of 200 in BF3!

404FredNotFound
404FredNotFound

I see allot of hate in the comments, then again its easier to hate then praise, yes BF4 has tons of problems and yes its regrettable that it was launched like that, still to me it was worth the money, I bought the game and premium and don't regret, its still an amazing experience, not many games give you a feel that you are in an actual war zone, , it has the best MP map designs I'v seen in modern Fps add to it levolution that when implemented right its amazing and has great potential, and to me the game is superior to Bf3, I'v spend 400h on this game and so far, apart from Second Assault all DLC brought in great maps, and its getting better. AT least EA and Dice didn't abandon the game, like so many other games in the past few years.


Even with all its problems the Good aspects of this game outweighs the Bads, if it didn't there wouldn't be hundreds of servers full everyday. Granted that BF4 hasn't sell has much has Bf3 its still a great game.

Rushaoz
Rushaoz

@zachv1 Dead? Are you insane? This game is still selling extremely well 9 months later. Not to mention that even with the issues, it's still the most fun you can have with a military multiplayer FPS at the moment. 

Rushaoz
Rushaoz

@Spartan_418 That's been happening since BFBC2. I'm wondering if it's just a terrible glitch in the engine that in order to fix would require a complete overhaul of the engine. Matter of fact it's much better now. In BFBC2 I would lose complete audio halfway through a match. 

ShimmeringSword
ShimmeringSword

@oldtobie  Nothing that people don't want back anyway. Weapon fire and movement code isn't exactly a "gameplay feature" as much as something that should be done right however possible. They tried new code for BF4, it sucked, so they're using what they know from BF3 and then some to fix it.

Rushaoz
Rushaoz

@Dredcrumb9 The techonology we have at the moment isn't good enough for full complete destruction of an entire environment. It worked in BFBC2 because all the buildings were all empty lifeless husks and they all looked the same. 

Not even your highest powered PC would be able to handle all those physics calculations. The PS4 and Xbox One would implode. 

Rushaoz
Rushaoz

@CptRexKramer Yes. Alot of people. Alot. The game is still a top 10 seller 10 months in. Still a ton of fun even with the issues. 

Rushaoz
Rushaoz

@404FredNotFound Fiinally someone else that feels as I do up here. Even with all the issues it's still the most fun modern military multiplayer FPS ATM. Not to mention the only FPS that offers large scale combat. Until Planetside 2 drops atleast. 

zachv1
zachv1

@404FredNotFound Complete Opposite here dude sounds like your riding DICE's nuts bf4 was one step forward, 2 backwards and bf3 has easily superior maps in everyway even bfbc2 have some better ones I have yet to find one map remotely enjoyable in bf4 only thing it has over the 2 is customization.  Hopefully DICE can prove themselves with battlefront other than that it was a huge disappointment! 

EG-Mist
EG-Mist

@404FredNotFound @404FredNotFound I got a refund after 1 day of having the game coz it was unplayable. that's how much of a fail it was. Now they have to try and win people back from that. I dont think the hate is ever going to go away no matter what they do. The launch of a game is everything, the launch defines its identity because if its bad, like BF4 was, people will walk away, not give it a second chance and tell everyone. AAA game company's have become ignorant of this and think they can just keep pushing out bugy games and patch later.


me personally, because i got my money back I was able to and wanted to give them a second chance. I was held back because i did not want to pay for a full game just to see if its fixed or not . so i was glad to see this free week come up. 


installed the game. set the new network option to high for the max server tick rate and i have to say I been loving it, lots of fun, like you said "the Good aspects of this game outweighs the Bads," at launch is was the other way round lol. Its only good news now that there not just fixing the game, they are changing the game.


I think i can understand or hope why they are only given the BF4:CTE to premium members. because they tend to be the more dedicated members that will help them out and not just trolls. however the problem is there is a lack of information to everyone eles of how much work they are doing. even this news bit by gamespot does not tell you alot.

dannydopamine8
dannydopamine8

@404FredNotFound bf3 had like 30 maps, cqb maps, desert maps, the entire afterstrike dlc for battlefield3 had incredible maps.. Bf4 is just lacking imo

razor_rj
razor_rj

@dannydopamine8 @DeusGladiorum  Thats becouse you are a coward and get what you deserve comrad ! mother russia demands the blood of its son be spilt !   i dont even bother with cover, just shoot till i die or kill, bf3 has a particular bug KNOWN to dice but only fixed on bf4, that is when you crouch behind "cover" becouse of the net code, your "avatar code" is still leaning slight above it, thats why snipers can still kill you behind full cover.

404FredNotFound
404FredNotFound

@dannydopamine8 @404FredNotFound You do realize Bf4 will also have 30 right? BF4 right now has 26 and its missing the last DLC with will be another 4. also very diverse maps, but they are better structured with more cover and verticality. Overall BF4 maps make for a more Dynamic combat and increased tactical layer, Id know that since I'v also spend over 300h on Bf3. My only complaint is since BC2 the games lost the amazing destructibility BC2 had, BF4 has more of it but not near has good has BC2. And thats something they really need to think tro for the next iteration, and I'm not talking off hardline, to me that just feels like a mod for Bf4.

Tranula
Tranula

@404FredNotFound @dannydopamine8  I think they have the right to hate or say what they want.  Thanks First Amendment.  Its an expression of dissatisfaction. 

404FredNotFound
404FredNotFound

@Tranula I'm not American lol so I don't care for the 1st amendment, with that said I don't mind constructive criticism, I think its a welcomed form of expression, yet this is just attention wanting hate, its that famous internet phenomenon where 80% of people commenting never even touched the game. So they are just hating without actual knowledge, just because its "cool".