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Pre-Ordering Medal of Honor: Warfighter Gets You Access to Battlefield 4 Beta, Which Suddenly Exists

I guess this counts as a product announcement? Sort of?

That's a hell of a way to announce a sequel to one of your biggest games ever, ain't it?

In what will probably go down as one of the more off-handed major product announcements in game industry history, EA just went ahead and announced that Battlefield 4 is a game currently in development. And it did so by lumping the previously unrevealed sequel in as a pre-order bonus for Medal of Honor: Warfighter.

Well, specifically, it lumped in exclusive beta access as a pre-order bonus. That's right, those who run right out and pre-order Warfighter will be granted special access to a Battlefield 4 beta which is scheduled for fall of next year. So if you pre-order this modern combat-oriented first-person shooter, you'll get access to the multiplayer beta for this other probably modern combat-oriented first-person shooter. What a deal, right?

I would probably find this all less gross if EA had previously announced Battlefield 4 and actually shown off some of what might be in store for players. But as it stands, we know nothing about Battlefield 4 except that it is a video game called Battlefield 4. So pre-order what is, according to EA's press release, "the most authentic shooter this holiday," and then get access to the beta for "the most authentic shooter next holiday, probably?" It just makes me feel weird all over. And not good weird, either.

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Posted by Alex
That's a hell of a way to announce a sequel to one of your biggest games ever, ain't it?

In what will probably go down as one of the more off-handed major product announcements in game industry history, EA just went ahead and announced that Battlefield 4 is a game currently in development. And it did so by lumping the previously unrevealed sequel in as a pre-order bonus for Medal of Honor: Warfighter.

Well, specifically, it lumped in exclusive beta access as a pre-order bonus. That's right, those who run right out and pre-order Warfighter will be granted special access to a Battlefield 4 beta which is scheduled for fall of next year. So if you pre-order this modern combat-oriented first-person shooter, you'll get access to the multiplayer beta for this other probably modern combat-oriented first-person shooter. What a deal, right?

I would probably find this all less gross if EA had previously announced Battlefield 4 and actually shown off some of what might be in store for players. But as it stands, we know nothing about Battlefield 4 except that it is a video game called Battlefield 4. So pre-order what is, according to EA's press release, "the most authentic shooter this holiday," and then get access to the beta for "the most authentic shooter next holiday, probably?" It just makes me feel weird all over. And not good weird, either.

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Edited by TooWalrus

"The most authentic shooter this holiday?" What, so Kid Rock's in it?

Posted by ZeForgotten

Doesn't exist yet, no. 
You do get in though, just like you got in to that BF3 beta for owning the other Medal of Honor. 
You get in, when the beta finally decides to come out. 

Posted by BaneFireLord

Wackity schmackity doo.

Posted by JuggaloAcidman

I guess this means no 2143?

Posted by msavo

I hope this doesn't mean Battlefield 4 is a current gen game...

Posted by BaconGames

I would not be surprised if the title for that game changes by E3 next year.

Posted by TooWalrus

@msavo said:

I hope this doesn't mean Battlefield 4 is a current gen game...

He says the beta is scheduled for fall of next year, we'll probably have new consoles by then.

Posted by JesterPC238

I was pretty much On the Battlefield bandwagon after the last DLC, which I very much enjoyed. I even threw in for premium because I like what I hear about the future of BF3, but to announce Battlefield 4 so soon seems like a slap in the face. Sure, we all knew it was coming, but still! Sorry EA, but $110 every two years for the "full Battlefield experience" is not a price that I'm willing to pay.

Posted by Jace

Haha and people still STILL buy this AND BF4 hahahaha.

Posted by TadThuggish

Do you want to hear a joke? Electronic Arts.

Posted by SomeJerk

The last MoH had a good campaign. Not the best, but good. Felt good, original, quite nice to go through, and I bought it at a steam sale for next to nothing, just in time to redeem the key and get access to the BF3 beta.
 
Which ended up giving me what, a week of beta testing before keys rolled out to every website out there and everybody else came in for testing?

Posted by Animasta

@TooWalrus said:

"The most authentic shooter this holiday?" What, so Kid Rock's in it?

that would be fantastic

Posted by ArbitraryWater

Does "authentic" imply that the military jargon your dudes spit out is slightly more accurate than the military jargon in other modern military first person shooters?

Oh well. According to EA they're targeting different demographics with these two franchises. Because they're totally different.

Posted by DrDarkStryfe

EA has come out before and said they would be staggaring Battlefield and Medal of Honor in a way that Activision does for Call of Duty.

Posted by Ravenlight

@BaneFireLord said:

Wackity schmackity doo.

Agreed.

Posted by Donos

I would be really bummed out about this news, but Planetside 2 beta is launching so I don't have to care about Battlefield anymore.

Posted by Bell_End

BF3 was great. so good news then.

oh wait... its EA... must hate for no... good.. reason...

Posted by two_socks

EA's marketing fucking sucks. Premium kinda just came out and they're already announcing the next BF game? And BF3 Premium doesn't transfer over? Just terrible.

Posted by mbr2

@Bell_End said:

BF3 was great. so good news then.

oh wait... its EA... must hate for no... good.. reason...

Why not just play BF3 then isntead of buying the same game again for $60?

Posted by AngelN7

Why would you feel gross about that? you're not forced to do anything , you're not getting the bad end of a deal , you're not being deceived since you are pre-ordering Medal of Honor not buying the Battlefield 4 beta , it's like I'm trying to sell you a game but you don't want to see the advertising, "I hope you like it since you didn't want to hear about it".

Posted by tsiro
@DrDarkStryfe Exactly. I don't see how anyone can be surprised by this. Sure, it was a sudden (and not particularly glamorous) announcement, but next fall is, in fact, 2 years after BF3!
Posted by Rapid

@TooWalrus said:

"The most authentic shooter this holiday?" What, so Kid Rock's in it?

Best first post I've seen in a while =)

Posted by BaneFireLord

Hey, wait a minute. EA just recently came out and said that the "Battlefield and Medal of Honor audiences are different." (source) So doesn't this tie-in completely undermine that sentiment? "Sure, the audiences are different, but we're going to force them to integrate anyway because money."  Hypocrites.

Posted by Bell_End

@mbr2 said:

@Bell_End said:

BF3 was great. so good news then.

oh wait... its EA... must hate for no... good.. reason...

Why not just play BF3 then isntead of buying the same game again for $60?

why buy any sequel then.

Posted by Mr_Skeleton

@mbr2 said:

@Bell_End said:

BF3 was great. so good news then.

oh wait... its EA... must hate for no... good.. reason...

Why not just play BF3 then isntead of buying the same game again for $60?

CoD?

Posted by R3DT1D3

Depending on how long the beta is and how soon the game releases after, two and a half years or so is enough time with the same engine to make a different enough game. The real question is if they're going to just make BF3 with more stuff or if they're going to make a game that plays differently.

Posted by AgentMOO

Yo dawg I heard you like shooters

Posted by Gabriel

Battlefield 2-3=6 years, Battlefield 3-4=2 years. They should have waited a bit.

Posted by Bartz

$69.99? Did EA decide to start charging more for their games?

Posted by MeatSim

They have been doing a new Battlefield game every two years so they don't really need a big announcement because we all know it's coming.

Posted by chilibean_3

Isn't this exactly as expected though? They switched to the CoD release schedule after CoD has run that schedule into the ground. I think the crazy thing here is that the picture in this post has Medal of Honor going for $70. You couldn't give it to me for free after playing the last one, which I played because I got it for free.

Edited by JEC03

I have no interest in BF anymore BF3 felt to much like COD but with vehicles that controlled sloppy especially the jets so damn slow with no bombs BF is barely about teamwork anymore and there's no more tactics.But there's always ARMA 3 although I don't like the simulation games much but to me BF2 was the perfect balance not arcadey and not to simy now the series is all arcadey another franchise EA ruined by making it into a COD clone.

Posted by daywoo

@Bartz: There is a 59.99 limited edition version, but it isn't advertised at all.... Shock....

Posted by DigTheDoug

@Bartz said:

$69.99? Did EA decide to start charging more for their games?

Yeah that scared me too, but the amazon lists $60 still. Could be this was from a Canadian or Australian promo.

Posted by Phatmac

Remember when people thought BF3 was going to be the best thing ever and finally take down COD? Neither do I!

Posted by HyperionXR

Bad marketing not withstanding, more Battlefield is always a good thing if you're asking me.

Posted by Veektarius

I think BF3 will hold up too well in early 2014 to justify a new installment.

Posted by MildMolasses

Canadian game prices are the same as the US prices. There was a period of about a year where a few games came out at $70, but then our dollar became on par or worth more than the USD, so they stopped doing it

Posted by Brodehouse
@DigTheDoug

@Bartz said:

$69.99? Did EA decide to start charging more for their games?

Yeah that scared me too, but the amazon lists $60 still. Could be this was from a Canadian or Australian promo.

It's the deluxe edition.

Let's get angry because a game is coming out two years after the last one! Arrggh! I hate that a company that makes games is making a new game!

I could understand being upset that DICE is just making Battlefield instead of something new like Mirror's Edge, but if you had the choice between make Battlefield and get rich or make Mirror's Edge 2 and have to fire half the company in order to stay in business, I know what you'd pick.
Posted by CrossTheAtlantic

@TooWalrus said:

"The most authentic shooter this holiday?" What, so Kid Rock's in it?

Cause freedom ain't so free when you breathe red, white, and blue.

Posted by ericdrum
Posted by GunsAreDrawn

I don't see how this can be recognized as a real thing when the offer has disappeared since then and you don't see any mention of this websites where you can buy it.

Posted by Scrawnto

@ericdrum said:

@Gabriel: Go look at the release schedule of the Battlefield franchise from DICE. They release a BF game pretty much every 2 years. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battlefield_(series)

This should come as a surprise to no one.

Indeed. It's actually a longer dev-cycle than Battlefield 2142 had.

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Posted by Waffles13

@Veektarius said:

I think BF3 will hold up too well in early 2014 to justify a new installment.

While I agree that BF3 will still be perfectly fine in 2014, by that point the new consoles will be out. And without the console hardware holding development back, imagine how much better the PC version will look, and how much bigger the maps could be or how much more destruction the game could handle.

The "announcement" may be bullshit, but BF4 could be completely insane without the shackles of console parity.

Posted by Coleslaw893

All this means to me is that Mirror's Edge 2 still isn't being made...

Posted by FuzzYLemoN

How dreadfully unclassy, EA.

Posted by Chtasm

I can understand another Battlefield release, but Battlefield 4? It look at least 3 years between 1942 to2 and 6 years from 2 to 3. Why not a spin-off a la 2142 or the original Vietnam? I don't even understand why I'm complaining anyway...I'm not buying another game from these hacks unless it's from the bargain bin.

Posted by Zapbrader

So much for Bad Company 3. :(

Posted by SomeJerk

Fall 2013 for the beta, EA confirms, and BF3 beats out of everything COD..
..on the PC where it belongs :/
 
 
I'd rather have Bad Company 3, and a PC port of Bad Company 1.

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