Battlefield 4 was finally unveiled last night in Stockholm as EA and DICE lifted the lid ever so slightly on the next installment in their popular series. Here’s what we know from the reveal.
Firstly, Battlefield 4 runs on the Frostbite 3 engine. An updated version of the Frostbite 2 engine which was used for Battlefield 3. The difference is clear to see. A seventeen-minute gameplay video was released alongside the game’s announcement, giving us a chance to get a look at one of missions from the single player campaign: ‘Fishing in Baku’. Simply put, the game looks spectacular. Check it out for yourself by watching the video at the bottom of the page.
Battlefield 4 looks stunning on the Frostbite 3 engine.
It is probably wise to approach the visuals with a certain degree of caution though. As you will be able to see from the clip, the footage was taken from a PC build of the game. DICE have confirmed that Battlefield 4 will arrive on both Xbox 360 and PS3, whether the game will look as good on console as the footage we’ve seen today is questionable. We saw this happen when Battlefield 3 was released in 2011. While the game certainly looked good on consoles, it wasn’t quite as impressive as what was shown in gameplay trailers prior to release.
No word was said on a PS4 or ‘next-Xbox’ release, but personally I think it’s a pretty much given that it will, at least eventually, make its way to next-gen consoles. DICE did however confirm that Battlefield 4 will not be coming to Wii U.
The game’s story focuses on Tombstone squad, a group of four US soldiers: Irish, Pac, the squad leader Dunn and the player controlled character Recker. The gameplay footage showed a brief glimse of a female soldier but DICE have said that female soldiers are not playable in either single or multiplayer.
The single player campaign appears to have a scoring system. The footage indicates that the player’s score is always shown in the top right hand corner of the screen and it seems that friends can issue challenges to you while you play. Some tactical commands also seem to be available. The clip shows the player directing his squad members to fire at the enemy while he sneaks around the side of the battle to flank their opponents.
From what we’ve seen so far, Battlefield 4 looks like it could be a stunning game. Visually it is breathtaking and while current consoles probably won’t be able to achieve what this footage promises, it’s probably a good indicator of what next-gen consoles will be able to do. And if that’s the quality of graphics that we will be seeing from their launch, then I’m a very pleased indeed. Whether DICE will be able to maintain the tempo and jaw-dropping-ness of this level throughout the entire single player campaign is another question. What I do know is that DICE produce some of the best multiplayer experiences gaming has to offer, so I don’t think we need to worry there.
Battlefield 4 is set for release in Autumn 2013.
Here’s the gameplay clip:
And the announcement trailer:
Source: Videogamer.com, Battlefield.com