Battlefield 4 will have vehicle testing range

DICE confirms test range in upcoming shooter will allow players to trying out vehicles like helicopters before entering the game proper.

Battlefield 4 will include a "test range" that will allow players to try out vehicles like helicopters before getting into the game proper.

"We've definitely heard that people are afraid of getting in there [and using vehicles like helicopters] and that’s not our intent," DICE creative director Lars Gustavsson told IGN. "So what we've done is, we've added a test range, which allows you to try out all the hardware ahead of time so that if you want to learn to fly a helicopter you can get in there and you can find the settings that work best for you."

"And then start doing some stunt flights just to feel safe before you go out and get the responsibility of a bunch of other people sitting in your helicopter," he added. "So I truly hope that this will help people feel more safe about trying out the whole battlefield."

Gustavsson also confirmed that Battlefield 4 will not support bots and that there are currently no plans for a Dinosaur mode. He also addressed Battlefield 4 remote play for the PlayStation Vita, saying DICE is "looking into" this and working to see if it can guarantee the feature.

Asked how the PS Vita game, through remote play, is shaping up, Gustavsson said, "It's getting there. As always, when you're working on a game you're still taking one day at a time, but it seems like we're getting there."

Battlefield 4 launches for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on October 29. The game will be available as a launch title for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 15 and November 22, respectively.

Written By

Want the latest news about Battlefield 4?

Battlefield 4

Battlefield 4

Discussion

312 comments
cyclonebw
cyclonebw

Sweet!  Now those players that really want to steal the heli and instantly kill themselves and waste our time can do it elsewhere! 

andromaxu
andromaxu

I always remember how good dice make batllefield 1942 until bf2 looks very great, and how stupid he's forget bots and mods support in next game, I don't understand how maximum push "money oriented" they are, but thks for making good game although everyone gonna hate you,  

untouchables111
untouchables111

I'm glad they added this mode. I could never get flying down the right way and because the battle was going on I didn't want to waste time learning. This will deff get many more players involved in using vehicles.

eyanvenom
eyanvenom

No plans on Dino mode makes me =( =( =(....TF DICE

pidow
pidow

Now that's more like it.......I'm in.

midnight_17
midnight_17

I would like bots because sometimes I bring my PS3 places that doesn't have internet. When that happens, BF3 becomes useless. There's only so many times you can play single player.

bernardoneves
bernardoneves

You guys and the bots.. I can't understand why you guys want this, PvP is a milion times more engaging, and if is for training purposes that doesnt cut it, the best way to train and get better in this game is playing it how is suppose to be played, online with real players on your team and against you. Btw I also like the idea for the test range for vehicles.

UrbanMessiah
UrbanMessiah

No bots, while not surprising, is slightly disappointing, but the vehicle testing range is a really good idea...

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

a very smart move to have vehicle testing range, that was a problem with the previous games because you would find complete noobs crashing helicopters you were in because they don't know how to fly them.

jjamesx57
jjamesx57

the no bots is a big dissapointment

drswank
drswank

Wow..they listened! 

I have yet to try an air vehicle in BF3 after hopping into one too many copters only to crash about ten seconds later.

Sn0wGl0be
Sn0wGl0be

Is it JUST for vehicles though, will we be able to choose a loadout like normally and just run around doing whatever?

Or will we finally be able to play private matches without having to pay for them via the stupid "rent-a-server"?

Armyboy5
Armyboy5

Wow, this is a perfect addition to the game, awesome and makes alot of sense

Sevoreth
Sevoreth

Thank god. That means fewer of my teammates will die cause of me crashing into hills. Or mountains. Or flat terrain. Or water. Or anything else that exist in the world.

chipper
chipper

wish there was a vehicle tutorial you had to pass before it lets u into the multiplayer vehicles. cant believe how many times i got into a helicopter when the game came out and some noob would jump in and crash the helicopter sideways.

duderdave
duderdave

BF2 bots (unmodded) ran only on 16 player maps, and that was fine.

Running a 16 player map with bots in BF4 should really not be a major feat. Of course, it may be limited in relation to what sorts of vehicles the bots use, but some bots are always better than no bots.

15 bots and you should not bog down any computer that can run BF4/3. I think they just really don't want to fool with it and want to force everybody to be on line to play anything BF in the first place.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

Why can't they add private matches that have bots? This helps a lot of people learn and practice without screwing up other peoples games. At least we can now practice with the vehicles.

Dirk_McHardpeck
Dirk_McHardpeck

Wow, they finally did what everyone has been asking them to do for nearly a decade. Still....that makes them better at getting shit done then our Congress.

atlanticmoon
atlanticmoon

(xbox360) I jump on specific servers on bf3 because their lore says mic only. When I go in and find out only 1-2 people are on voip team, I get really pissed. They need to create dedicated matched for people that actually want to communicate and not just rake up kills. HELLO, you get points quicker if you actually capture shit! - frustrated bf3 player. 

p.s I'm getting a PS4 so I hope people communicate better on there. 

brusto
brusto

If it doesn't support bots, I don't want it. Although the whole Battlefield franchise is built upon playing with real people and having to coordinate, it's just not Battlefield anymore. It became a kind of CoD with vehicles. What if I don't want to play with a bunch of strangers that just want to get a high score? I remember Battlefield from the first one (1942) and still have the discs. Sometimes, it was more fun to play with bots because they actually followed the game's core mechanic - capture the flags and get those tickets. The moment a player enters the B-17 and doesn't wait for the rest of the team to get inside just because he wants to start dropping bombs the game loses its purpose. Also, some friends and I used to play just us and bots because we didn't want strangers ruining the game. So, that can't be done anymore? Guess I'll keep playing a game from 2002 instead of this.

Pairadocksical
Pairadocksical

But battlefield already has a test range .... it's called an empty server with the map that holds the vehicle you want to try out.

eltonfm
eltonfm

"We've definitely heard that people are afraid of getting in there [and using vehicles like helicopters] and that’s not our intent..."

Did they hear those who want to practice MP maps offline, or they just covered their ears and went "lalalala, i can't hear you, go back to BF2 you morons"?

Maybe we will be able to use tanks, helis and jets in the SP campaign, right? If not, then i won't buy this, i didn't even buy BF3.

IncisionX
IncisionX

I had some hilarious moments telling my Skype mates to get into the Copter ( Whilst claiming I was a professional ) to then take off and just go ------------------------------------------------------------->>>>>>>>>>>>|BOOM|

SunnySkyNL
SunnySkyNL

O this is beautiful! I have to admit that I just can't do vehicle combat in Battlefield online, I wanted a training ground en now I'm getting a training ground because getting into a helicopter and crashing it in 3 seconds when you are in a match is not very manly :P 

noandno
noandno

But.... I prefer crashing a helicopter like an idiot

HapiJoel
HapiJoel

This is a good feature, besides the co-op missions there was no way to get used to flying the helicopter in BF3 which was a pain, and you stood no change with jets right at the begging...

Also if they get Vita support sorted, I'll be getting one in a heart beat.

Tiago_Matos
Tiago_Matos

this is actually nice. i prefer testing before playing so im not owned while trying to pilot the heli. many times ive been  owned while riding the damn thing... god.

vegasdan30
vegasdan30

good touch.  all of these elements testing field, new modes, commander, sharing, etc I hope will bring the battlefield community together like never before

AdriaanVN
AdriaanVN

i will only use it when im like bored or when i wana try something in a controlled area, but being scared? really? bet the people who asked for this is noobs

Nightdragonist
Nightdragonist

A test range? On what? Map or just a testing range? I prefer do it on a map to train to fly in the city without crashing. And why would you don't want bots in training?

There are currently no plans for a Dinosaur mode. Dino Mode confirmed

19James89
19James89

That's a fantastic feature, it's about time I learned how to fly helicopters and jets. Oh wait it's an EA game, therefore I won't be purchasing it. Silly me!

Hal3x
Hal3x

@midnight_17 ikr. I was excited to see BF4 having bots. But hopefully with the test range. I can use any vehicle by myself on any map i want.

JachAnen
JachAnen

@bernardoneves It does give you some basic training. Some games have bots that are better then players. Plus sometimes I don't feel like playing against other players, so in that case it's better with bots or if I want to play with a select few I would like to fill the rest with bots.

darkdealer
darkdealer

@brusto agreed i am an oldschool battlefielder and i like the new direction but i want the feel of the old games i remember playing 1942 and nowadays we have 13 year old kids and they dont want games like that but that is why they build cod for them i think they should stick to the roots at dice or eventually this franchise will fail because people like me are shifting to games like arma 2 and 3 now because they are more realistic 

Hal3x
Hal3x

@midnight_17 In the next Battlefield if they don't include a Dinosaur mode or Bots I'm not buying it.

Sn0wGl0be
Sn0wGl0be

@JachAnen @bernardoneves This, also what brusto said. 

Not everyone cares how the game is "supposed" to be played, personally I've had more fun with bots/friends then I ever had with the online community. 

Sn0wGl0be
Sn0wGl0be

@Dirk_McHardpeck @spartanx169x Not to mention bots aren't discriminative, immature, hateful, and filled with negativity like most people. 

People can say what they want about how bad every other game and its community is, but MP in general attracts all of that unwanted b.s

Sn0wGl0be
Sn0wGl0be

@razor_rj @Sn0wGl0be @Pairadocksical They aren't empty once you enter it, some ppl seem to make a hobby out of trolling one person games. 

Occasionally you can play a game without interference yeah,  but it just ruins the mood when you're trying to practice or fool around with a friend knowing some bomb/knife/jet/trigger-happy person can enter at anytime. (and you cant reason with them, I've tried)

xtremeflem2day
xtremeflem2day

@19James89 @Tiago_Matos Personally I think all big businesses try to milk out as much money of their customers or their employees as they can. Apart from Battlefield 3 premium (Which you don't have to purchase), the battlefield Franchise isn't really milked. I was pissed when they made you buy Halo ODST for the last map pack in halo 3, while both ODST and the map pack were garbage.

19James89
19James89

@Tiago_Matos That's your choice, if you like these games, by all means by them, I am not trying to persuade you not to purchase EA products, but I don't like EA's business model and I sure as hell won't be spending a single penny more on their games. 

19James89
19James89

@Tiago_Matos I won't support a company which treats gamers as nothing more than cash cows. 

Tiago_Matos
Tiago_Matos

@19James89 @Tiago_Matosalthough the company loves money their games are not bad... not all of them... for instance i very much enjoyed mass effect 3