Battlefield 4 Gets "Core Gameplay Improvements" in Next Update

Soldier movement will now closely resemble Battlefield 3.

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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.

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