Battlefield 4 is a first person shooter developed by DICE due to be released in Q4 2013. It will be the first released game to utilize Frostbite 3 technology. Battlefield 4 will be available for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 on October 29th 2013. It will also be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at a later date.
Battlefield 4's single player campaign takes place six years after the events of Battlefield 3 in the year 2020. Russia and China appear as the opposing factions.
Battlefield 4 continues the series tradition of large-scale vehicular warfare, with the Frostbite 3 engine allowing for more enhanced destruction.
Multiplayer gameplay for Battlefield 4 was first presented at E3 2013 and was streamed live throughout the week. The map "Siege of Shanghai" was playable. The demo showcases several new features including an automatic cover system, swimming underwater and "sprint swimming," and more.
Battlefield 4 also sees the return of Commander Mode, last seen in Battlefield 2. In this mode, the elected player (who does not take up a spot on their team's leaderboard) provides aid to their team through intelligence and offense support. Additionally, the Commander can select any player on their team and see a picture-in-picture view of that player's screen. DICE is also embracing the capabilities of mobile devices, allowing players to be the Commander on a team on a tablet without connecting to the game via console or PC.
"Levolution" refers to the dynamic destruction capable in multiplayer, so called because players are capable of significantly altering the physical characteristics of maps. In the map "Siege of Shanghai," for example, players are capable of toppling a skyscraper by taking out its structural supports. The carnage changes the flow of the center of the map and kicks up dust and smoke that covers the map for an extended duration.
The game was revealed during a promotion for Medal of Honor: Warfighter, allowing beta access to those who pre-order Warfighter, or purchase the Limited Edition.
At a company meeting on February 19, 2013, store managers and CEO of Gamestop were given a sneak peak of Battlefield 4.
Media were sent an invite via email on March 15th, 2013, to an unveiling event hosted at AMC Metreon in San Francisco.
On March 20th, 2013, EA created a teaser site that would slowly show artwork from the game as more members logged into the site. A first look at gameplay was promised and shown at the March 26 unveil event.
Campaign gameplay was shown to press and developers on March 27, 2013 at 7pm, during the Game Developers Conference 2013 hosted at AMC Metreon in San Francisco. A 17-minute campaign video was released to the general public.
Customers who pre-order Battlefield 4 receive a free license to the first expansion pack for Premium subscribers. Digital Deluxe pre-orders include access to the beta and "bonus content".