Battlefield 4 to see return of Commander Mode - Report

GameStop promotional materials suggest Commander Mode and three playable factions will feature in Battlefield 4.

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Promotional material used by US retailer GameStop suggests Battlefield 4 will see a return of the series' Commander Mode.

The information is from a laminated sheet--which looks like it was produced by GameStop rather than EA--displayed in-store to promote pre-orders, which also states that the multiplayer mode will feature three different factions: Russia, China, and the United States.

YouTube user "luger700" reports that the currently unverified footage was captured from two GameStop stores. A clerk is reported to have said the information came "direct from EA."

Commander Mode was last seen in 2006's Battlefield 2142, and offered one member of each team the chance to direct other players using a top-down view. The mode did not feature in 2010's Battlefield 3.

Battlefield 4 is due for release later this year. So far only Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC versions have been confirmed.

Discussion

216 comments
emkplayboy6
emkplayboy6

Sorry dice not giving you my money for a copy n paste game, good try tho instead I'll be playing WarFrame!

husker11
husker11

smells like bullshit. Why would they realease this info on a dodgy looking flier and not relaease it via any offical channels?

djpetitte
djpetitte

Back in the day playing in a server with two really good commanders was pretty crazy. very balanced and strategic.  Having good commanders brought a lot of balance and exciting close rounds.

xerxes5678
xerxes5678

The one feature that must be brought back from BF2 for me? Offline bots.

juno21
juno21

If bf4 manages to bring back all of the things cut out from bf2 and then some I'll get this, other wise I will have to pass. ...and the vehicles need to stop magically healing themselves...

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

Ha, at first I thought it said Commando mode... as in "going commando".

shenron43
shenron43

I never really liked commander mode.... Guess we'll see how well it goes.

hagens09
hagens09

I wonder how many current BF3 players actually remember Commander Mode...

Navardo95
Navardo95

And Russians again? How original...why not give a totally different faction that hasn't been used much before? Like Finland,Australia,Dominican Republic,Spain..etc.? 

Navardo95
Navardo95

Tired of all these generic garbage shooters with a new coat of paint..

AlphaWolF_J
AlphaWolF_J

sounds great .

but after all the shit they pulled with BF3 and all the fracking DLC, im still not coming back.

Good-Smurf
Good-Smurf

If this true then i'll jump on Russia and China fuck the US!

brok
brok

Wake me up when it returns to 64 bots in WW2 with pilotable ships, bombers, and submarines. THEN I'll be interested.

Nexrad
Nexrad

so many people complain about it being taken away but most people dont know how to use it anyway and it would make it useless to most matches.

All i want is more than 2 factions so if this is right and China is playable as another faction that would be awesome

Fernin-Ker
Fernin-Ker

Sounds most excellent!


Now if only they add Titan Mode as an easter eggs. <3

ZOD777
ZOD777

"Commander Mode"?  It isn't a mode, it is a playable role in whatever game mode there is.  I would prefer UAVs again instead of glowing triangles above peoples heads when a teammate spots somebody.  That is just stupid.

EvOlVE_3
EvOlVE_3

finally more depth to the boring, overly simplified gameplay BF3 had. Now we just need optional objectives and maybe a sprint meter like BF2 and i may pick this up.

Payasoplas
Payasoplas

Commander mode = more abuse of artillery...

greasemonkey42
greasemonkey42

@Navardo95 because none of those countries are legitimate military superpowers.

It's got to be near-future believable, and these modern military shooters are too focused on believability as a selling-point. Maybe after the genre stagnates they can create alternative universes where geo-politics is severely different from reality.

bimastrike871
bimastrike871

@Navardo95 battlefield is far from generic, or garbage for that matter. And if youre such a Debbie downer about shooters then dont click on and read articles about shooters just to post a bitch ass comment, cause guess what? no one cares about your interests.

feathers632
feathers632

@AlphaWolF_J really great DLC.  Loving the End Game expansion.  Armoured Kill a lot of fun too.  Next time will go premium though.

feathers632
feathers632

@Fernin-Ker A giant floating easter egg?  That would be pretty intense.  Good to time the release for easter holiday as well.

hasancakir
hasancakir

@EvOlVE_3 obviously you haven't played much BF3. It had its problems but was a huge success, noone can deny it.

Fernin-Ker
Fernin-Ker

@EvOlVE_3 

5-8 flags, how many objectives do you need! X3 I would welcome the return of a sprint meter though. Managing your stamina was a very important part of BF2. I for one would also like to see a fronline style mode like what Frontlines had, that was fun and had a good dynamic to it.

Skalponesis
Skalponesis

@Payasoplas in game like battlefield there always should be artillery and decent anti aircraft defence.

TheSkyrimStatue
TheSkyrimStatue

@feathers632 Not been a cod fan for quite some time and not played one since black ops but if I had to take a guess, I'd say I probably would prefer cod over bf3

Kyere
Kyere

@feathers632 @AlphaWolF_J Yeah I saved a lot of money going Premium for the expansion content. Definitely worth it. And I get beta access to BF4. :D All in all, Premium was worth the 40 bucks I dished out. I mean, if you end up getting 500+ hours out of a game. I think it's paid for itself at that point.

brok
brok

@maximo @Nexrad I thought for a second that was an aerial surveillance+ boobs joke, but then I was like 'oh... just a racist. Moving along...'

Fernin-Ker
Fernin-Ker

@feathers632 @Fernin-Ker 

Just think about it, far off in the some single player or multiplayer level the player finds either a low flying or crashed Titan, upon enough players discovering it Titan mode is unlocked. A community goal not unlike the tag challenges. Sure there's almost no chance it'll happen. But I can dream.

Payasoplas
Payasoplas

@Skalponesis @Payasoplas I agree, specially with AA defense, but, the commander mode is a way to get unlimited kills, unless it's balanced i will accpet it.

feathers632
feathers632

@EvOlVE_3 @feathers632 I tried for 2 years to like BF2 but ended up hating everything about it.

You're actually making a tit of yourself saying BF3 has no teamwork.  There are very tight clans who play and decimate non-organised random players.  I've come up against many.  Last week I was getting smashed again and again by a chopper pilot and his gunner.  We had a laugh about it after.  BF3 is an endless learning curve from the vast array of weapons to vehicle tactics and soldier tactics and working together with others.  I now play the game mostly with a friend.  We use voice comms and work very well together.

Kyere
Kyere

@EvOlVE_3 @feathers632 Actually BF3 is more squad-work then team-work oriented. It was intentionally designed that way as well, numerous good squads with good squad members make up a good team. That's why DICE put so much emphasis on squad cooperation and squad commands/chat options. I agree, there's little overall teamwork, but how could there be when it was intentionally designed around squad play vs. team play?


Does that make BF3 worse than BF2? Hardly, it just makes it different. If this article is factual, then we are getting Commander Mode to rectify complaints from those of us who wish to see a return of Commander roles, yet retain the squad cooperation/emphasis that's unique to BF3. If you want emphasis on Team cooperation, or platoon cooperation; go play Arma 3.

EvOlVE_3
EvOlVE_3

@feathers632 @EvOlVE_3 

Juding from your comment you never played BF2 since you think there is more to learn in BF3, so im not going to string out a lot of words for this. 

I put over 2000 hours in BF2 and I put 120 odd hours in BF3 and came to the conclusion that BF3 is just team deathmatch with a bunch of flags on the map with no teamwork. 0 depth to the game.

feathers632
feathers632

@EvOlVE_3 Boring and simple?  Must not be playing the same game?  I think you're confusing BF3 with BF2 or perhaps call of doody.  BF3 is very tactical and there's a lot to learn.  I am still learning it now and I've had it since it was released.  Don't have time to be bored in BF3 unless perhaps you're sitting in one spot sniping all the time.