Today EA has confirmed that Battlefield 4 will be arriving on PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 in Fall 2013. They’ve also been nice enough to forego the short teaser trailer and instead put together a 17-minute-long gameplay video to show us exactly what the game looks like.
As with Battlefield 3, developer DICE has used its Frostbite 3 games engine for Battelfield 4. And that’s no bad thing as both games look gorgeous. The demo video is all in-game footage and as far as I can tell is the beginning of the game as you’ll play it come launch day.
DICE is promising the same expansive environments and destruction seen in the last game, but alsomore integration between the single-player and multiplayer games. For anyone who experienced theSimCity woes recently, press release statements like, “Taking a page from the social aspect of multiplayer gaming, the single-player mode will now track players’ progress, adding an element of persistence and friendly competition to the campaign” are actually quite worrying.
Tracking and persistence suggest that the game may require a connection in order to play. It certainly will need one to register through Origin on PC, but it has yet to be confirmed if the game is always connected. I’d say it’s unlikely as I doubt Microsoft and Sony would like that happening on their consoles. There’s also an argument that it’s much less of an issue because most gamers picking up Battlefield 4 will be doing so for multiplayer and therefore will be connected anyway.
If you pre-order Battlefield 4 EA is throwing in a free Premium expansion pack. However, PC gamers will want to consider pre-ordering the Origin-exclusive Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe edition. That nets you the free Premium expansion, but also includes exclusive in-game digital items and access to theBattlefield 4 multiplayer beta, which should become available this summer.