DICE details Battlefield 4 improvements from beta

"Elevators were never designed to act as a catapult or teleporter," says DICE.

Feedback from the Battlefield 4 beta will provide the final version of the upcoming first-person shooter with numerous tweaks, balance chances, and performance improvements, developer DICE has said.

In a post addressing the updates the game will receive between now and its launch at the end of the month, DICE chiefly pointed out that it will "optimize the performance" of the PC version of the game, after some users reported that it was difficult to obtain a consistent frame rate in the beta. The developer is working to reduce the CPU usage on dual-, quad-, and six-core processors, and says it is also working "around the clock" to decrease a bug where players got stuck on the loading screen.

Meanwhile, the console versions of the game will receive more controller layout options at launch, including a "Veteran" layout designed to be similar to Battlefield 3. The console server browser will also be updated to make it easier to find populated servers.

DICE also addressed the popular catapult exploit on elevators. "Although an interesting concept, elevators were never designed to act as a catapult or teleporter. The bug where the elevator button would catapult you up into the air is fixed for the final game. But we did enjoy all the crazy videos you’ve posted. Thanks!"

Alongside the headline changes, the developer also listed numerous specific balance changes:

Infantry Changes

  • Fixed how the player only receives a single local damage sound effect if he or she was the victim of a quick, clean kill. The sound and camera impact effect had too long a cool down between hits. This should improve the responsiveness of being killed and taking damage.
  • Reduced the fire rate of the AK12 in burst from 1000rpm to 750rpm. The rate of fire was too high when combined with the low recoil of the weapon, making it more powerful than intended in burst mode.
  • Tweaked the compensator and muzzle brake so they’re properly less accurate in sustained automatic fire.
  • Reduced and rebalanced full auto accuracy based on rate of fire for all automatic weapons to balance low ROF weapons. Low ROF weapons were remaining accurate long enough to get easy kills outside of their intended optimal range.
  • Increased the default throw distance of the portable ammo and med packs. This makes it easier to throw these packs to teammates.
  • Portable ammo packs now reload 2 magazines of bullets instantly and up a total of 4 magazines per pack over time. The player must stay on top of the ammo pack in order to benefit from all of the ammo reloading. Grenades, RPGs, and other explosive launchers do not benefit from the instant reload function of the Ammo Pack.
  • Increased the muzzle flash of the 25mm and 40mm launchers to make their threat position more visible.
  • Fixed an issue where the knife stab didn’t align with the kill event.
  • The revive time has been increased from 7s to 10s.

Vehicle Changes

  • Fixed some descriptions of weapons for vehicles that incorrectly described the function of the weapon.
  • Increased the damage of the Stinger and IGLA to 3 hits to kill attack choppers (was 25%, now 35%).
  • Increased the speed of all TOW guided missiles to 75m/s from 50m/s so they can catch-up to fast vehicles like the Quad bike.
  • Increased the sustained fire accuracy of the Coaxial LMG on armored vehicles because it was underpowered.
  • Reduced the damage the 40mm and 25mm infantry weapons do to armored vehicles to highlight their anti-infantry role.
  • Reduced the damage main gun on the IFVs against other armor to highlight their primarily anti-infantry role.
  • Fixed an issue where the tank main gun did not correctly hit the center of the crosshair at all times.
  • Multiple options are now available for controlling how your vehicles steer with a joystick on all platforms, as well as improved the responsiveness of steering while accelerating.

Locking Weapon Changes

  • RPG7 and SMAW can no longer lock on to Laser Designated Targets. It was inauthentic and not balanced.
  • Fixed some projectiles not warning vehicles when they were fired on a Laser Designated target. Reduced the lock on distance for MBT LAW missiles to 350m from 500m. This gives the IGLA the clear long range AA role for soldiers, and keeps the team play element of Laser Designation.
  • All Laser Designated missiles now do a maximum of 90% damage to Attack and Scout helicopters (down from 100%). This was done to give helicopters a chance to use their Fire Extinguisher countermeasure even against Laser Designated weapons.

General Changes

  • The kill string in the score log now appears sooner, making the UI more responsive to a kill event.
  • The aim assist on X360/PS3 has been tweaked to be more consistent at all ranges. The assist was over powerful at close range, and not powerful enough at medium range. Players should now find that close combat requires much more player input and the snap to a target is far less forgiving. At medium range the player should experience a bit more assistance tracking targets, but generally still reduced aim assist effectiveness.

PC Specific Changes

  • Fixed a string in On Foot PC key bindings that should have read “CROUCH (TOGGLE) / PRONE (HOLD)”.
  • Removed an unused “Underslung” key binding on PC, the “Select Gadget 1″ key binding now controls both of these actions as expected.

Battlefield 4 will be released for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on October 29 in North America and November 1 in Europe. Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions will follow at launch.

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174 comments
MetalRatex
MetalRatex

I'll have to wait and see if it's really for the better.

YELLOWRAINE
YELLOWRAINE

Did they fix the issue where a teammates icon can sometimes not appear making him appear as an enemy instead of an ally?

stars1997
stars1997

im glad they nerf'd the AK12. That assault rifle was ridiculously accurate even at extreme ranges lol. i was sniped with one when i was on the chinese side covering C after it had collapsed  

AvatarMan96
AvatarMan96

I wish that instead of dying when on top of the falling building in Siege of Shanghai, you could slide down it like in the single player demo they showed.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

Why don't they do something about the aweful framerate too?

Nightmare338
Nightmare338

Lets see if battlefield 4 can surpass GTA V $1billion sales within the first week of its launch. Buy more copies please bf4 fanboys. Support your franchise. You dont want yearr 2013 to be another year that Battlefield failed to dethrone super Triple A titles again. (GTA V, COD). Put in so much effort, get the same old garbage, weak sales. Cannot be FPS supremacy, have to wait for another year again to challenge the bigger titles. LoL!!! Sales matter. That the only result the shareholder look at. No sales no business. End of story, dont give me the bullshit of dont look at sales. Haha.

Grover-D
Grover-D

There is a ton more glitches then this !!!! they better make sure it all sorted !!!!

Nightmare338
Nightmare338

Battlefield has been a mediocre game since it was created. Nothing wow aboout the game seriously. This franchise is almost at it's end.

Nightmare338
Nightmare338

Boring. Nothing much about battlefield 4. Just a normal battlefield as usual. Nothing special. Nothing much about it. Not even worth mentioning. I pre-odered 5 copies though. I dont even think they sales will be good. 10% of GTA V maybe. RIP Battlefield. Maybe you can do better in Starwars, (wait a min, guess you will screw it up too.) coming from a person who played bf since bf2.

Sundberg_man
Sundberg_man

I'm glad they fixed the RPG/SMAW lock feature. That was just way to unrealistic!. Also glad that they changed so ammo packs no longer refill grenades, rockets and explosives. That should fix the nade and rocket spam that happened so much in BF3.

Hammershock6
Hammershock6

Was not really impressed by BF4, although it was fun, it felt just like a update to BF3 LIke Napoleon: Total War was to Empire: Total war (I know not many have played but it was all I could think of lol) and there was lack of Commander Mode in beta testing which is the only thing I could possibly look forward to since full distruction is still not available since BC2.  So I would have to check on You Tube just to see what that is like.  Chances are Ill probably just wait for it to go down in price.  I've learnt my Lesson From BF3 and now Rome 2: Total War.  No more Pre Orders from me.

shuffles88
shuffles88

@The-Neon-Seal"DICE chiefly pointed out that it will "optimize the performance" of the PC version of the game, after some users reported that it was difficult to obtain a consistent frame rate in the beta."

read the whole article next time

Sundberg_man
Sundberg_man

@Grover-D They did with BF3 so i'm sure they'll sort it out sooner or later this time around aswell.

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

@Hammershock6 Yeah the beta had that feel for me as well, it did kind of felt like a Battlefield 4 expansion pack then a new entry in the series.

Nightmare338
Nightmare338

Growing is the key word thank you. How many years you need to grow? Thank god somebody understand what im saying. You just admitted your franchise is growing, meaning is not the top yet right? Thats the point! Omg. Thanks. So its still lacking behind other game right? Thats my point? Dont be so mad about it!

Sundberg_man
Sundberg_man

@gladiator9 @Nightmare338 Oh let him be man. It's funny as hell to read his comments that lacks any valid grounds ^^ He's my pet troll that i can take out those boring rainy evenings.

Nightmare338
Nightmare338

Pathetic fanboy refusing to accept that your franchise sales will be poor? Nothing wrong with my comments. Only something wrong with your game sales.

Nightmare338
Nightmare338

U mean the game that hit $1billion sales during its first week of launch? Can bf4 do that? Big question mark, based on the poor fanbase of this franchise.

Nightmare338
Nightmare338

Sure. Plenty more? Like hw much sales it generated with its mediocre bf3? Lol... poor thing sia bf series. so little sales. Not even worth mentioning in the gaming industry.

Nightmare338
Nightmare338

Probably more? LOL!!!!! Sure. Be my guest!

Nightmare338
Nightmare338

:) Im totally enjoying this. Looking how mad the bf fanboys are! Lol. Thank you for all the great experience from the most pathetic community! :)

gladiator9
gladiator9

Dude are you seriously sitting by your pc on this site for the last 4 hours? LOOOL get a girl, get a life ,and get a job. I'm gonna name you minitroll.

Nightmare338
Nightmare338

The same applies to you. Thank you for proving my thoughts about bf fanboy. Welldone, no wonder the gaming community despise you people.

Sundberg_man
Sundberg_man

@Nightmare338 look how hard you're trying ^^ You really made my afternoon plenty more fun. Thank you for embarrassing yourself to entertain me. 

Nightmare338
Nightmare338

LOL! As expected from a BF Fanboy. Always changing topic.

Sundberg_man
Sundberg_man

@Nightmare338 Aaaaaw now when i didn't have anything to say about sales your vocabulary didn't last so now you had to start with personal offence instead. Aren't you the cutest troll on the block :)

Nightmare338
Nightmare338

Dont care? Thats all u can say? If you no. 1 in sales u wont be saying that. Pathetic loser.

Sundberg_man
Sundberg_man

@Nightmare338 I don't care about BF sales only about the game itself. Anyways, keep going you're doing great! 

Nightmare338
Nightmare338

Cant say anything about bf sales, thats all u bf fanboys can do? embarrassed by your bf4 sales?

Nightmare338
Nightmare338

But u didnt get my point. Maybe you are denying the truth?

Nightmare338
Nightmare338

Lol. Cant argue abt sales, use this kinda method lol. Pathetic.

Nightmare338
Nightmare338

Why you people (bf fanboys) cannot accept that ur bf4 wont sell as well as other games. Is it so difficult to accept such statement? Bf4 is good in terms of graphic, but with such graphic produce only such mediocre sales, isnt it pathetic? Is there something wrong with my statement? You mean u can argue about sales figure? Sales figure is there for everyone to see. Everyone in the industry know exactly what kind of sales bf series can produce (mediocre sales). So whats there to argue when im talking about bf having poor sales? Nothing wrong right? Do you see the point im driving at? Sales figure. There's no argument about it. Just emphasizing how pathetic this game sales is in comparison to GTA V and COD. What else you wanna argue now bf fanboy? Sales is the only thing EA cares about, which is why they keep humping on taking over COD as fps supremacy. They wont settle for no.2. May I ask u, without sales figure how you judge how much market share you have? Thats how everyone knows why COD is owning BF in terms of Sales in the FPS category right? They use sales figure as a gauge. So now you wanna start arguing about sales figure? Funny right? Hahahahaha! So bf fanboys just swallow the hard truth ur sales is so weak. Dont argue about it. Its pointless. No wonder even review sites make fun of the game. (cough)...

Nightmare338
Nightmare338

What a typical fanboyy, until now ur still thinking that ur bf3 sells well. Even EA admits it didnt sell as well as other games especially COD. Ur still trying to say otherwise? LOL. Luckily EA doesnt have u this type of fanboy in charge of the company, if not it will fail even more. LIVING in DENIAL. TYPical fanboy behaviour. You just wont admit ur bf3 series didnt sell as well as other games. Why??? Why keep living in denial? Why u wont accept it? Because bf3 is great and should sell the most? Reality check little fanboy. Dont live in denial anymore. Bf can never win in sales only in graphics. Sadly.........

Nightmare338
Nightmare338

Coming from a bf fanboy. Unable to take it already? We are all business people. Dont look at sales look at what? Thats what companies are created for. Thats what marketing is for. Sales. If your game doesnt generate sales, whats the point of creating a game? Fanboy just cant be businessman. Lol.

Nightmare338
Nightmare338

Maybe u didnt know abt gta V sales? Go checkup vgchartz. See on 29 oct + 1week, whether ur bf4 can surpass that. Lol. Then we talk again.

Nightmare338
Nightmare338

Lol! U mean bf have ever won cod in sales? Better graphics yet much lesser sales. Go find out. What sort of stupid developer do that kind of business. Lol stupid developer attracts stupid fanboy like u. Lol. Comeon get over it. Just admit your bf series sales suck. End of story. Dont bother with rebuting me.

Nightmare338
Nightmare338

Typical bf fanboy cannot accept hard truth. LOL.

Nightmare338
Nightmare338

U mean ur bf4 sales can surpass GTA V? Lol. What a typical fanboy. Yeah no doubt great graphics, but no rewards from sales generated. LOL. Isnt tt silly? U have the best graphic out there, yet u sell the least amongst triple A titles. Shame on you.

Nightmare338
Nightmare338

Too bad ur AAA titles sell the least! Lol....

Nightmare338
Nightmare338

Of coz u say sales dont do shit, becausse ur sales suck big time compared to all other triple A titles. Lol. Typical fanboy. great graphic with the lousiest sales. Hahaha.

Nightmare338
Nightmare338

Lol great? U mean compared to other noobie games like COD? Oh I think bf3 didnt manage to make it happen. Lol.