DICE details Battlefield 4 improvements from beta

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

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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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