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Pre-orders have already started

When it comes to first person shooters, one of the most popular franchises comes from DICE and EA in the form of Battlefield. The next game in the franchise will be Battlefield 4, and DICE has revealed that the fourth game in the franchise will be a new benchmark in game design and multiple player engagement.

Battlefield 4 will launch in the fall of 2013 using the proprietary Frostbite 3 game engine. The developers promise the game will give players a glimpse into the future of interactive entertainment.

In the single player mode, players will be able to experience huge environments filled with all sorts of destruction along with an arsenal of different vehicles, weapons, and more. In the single player missions, players will be able to direct squad mates and the single player mode will track the player's progress. The game will require players to work with their squad mates in both the single player campaign and multiplayer modes.

"We are so humbled and proud to debut Battlefield 4 on a global stage with simultaneous events in San Francisco and Stockholm. To be this early in development, and to already be so polished is a huge achievement for the DICE team and reflection of their passion and commitment to driving the franchise forward. Today's demo was just the beginning -- we have so much more in store," said Patrick Soderlund, Executive Vice President, EA Games Label.

Players can pre-order Battlefield 4 at participating retail outlets and will perceive the Premium expansion pack at no additional cost with their pre-order. The Digital Deluxe Edition will be available exclusively as a download via Origin.

Source: Daily Finance



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RE: Sorry EA..
By Reclaimer77 on 3/27/2013 5:50:23 PM , Rating: -1
Oh get over it already. I'm so tired of this. How old are you? You must not remember the horrible soul-crushing copy protection schemes games and software had back in the day. I'll take today's transparent DRM over that ANY DAY.

Sure I get it, EA is the worst company in the world, whatever. I'm just saying we have it so damn good today, people are whining over nothing.

"OMFG Internet required!!!???"

Shut it. At this point Internet is like electricity and running water or any utility on which life depends. There's not a moment of a day you're without it if you also plan on playing games. We're always on line ALL THE TIME and companies know this.

How are customers of the Battlefield franchise being "abused" by DRM? Can you please explain this to me? Sure, I skipped Battlefield 3. But I bought 1,2, and some other Battlefield game I can't think of, and not once did I feel "abused" or even hindered by DRM. And since all I did was multiplayer, I fail to see how being "forced" to log in made a damn bit a difference.

Can you in calm, non-rhetoric speak explain to me what's so terrible about the game industry today or DRM in general? Or maybe share some horrid experience you had so I can relate?


RE: Sorry EA..
By Spuke on 3/27/2013 6:00:46 PM , Rating: 2
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Sure, I skipped Battlefield 3.
You're missing out. BF3 is friggin awesome!


RE: Sorry EA..
By 2bdetermine on 3/27/2013 6:28:52 PM , Rating: 2
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You're missing out. BF3 is friggin awesome!

Yeah! frigging overprice, frigging garbage DLC an easy way for them to make a quick buck...


RE: Sorry EA..
By luhar49 on 3/28/2013 2:41:29 AM , Rating: 3
I have played BF3 for 300+ hours.
It is absolutely worth the price I paid for the game.

I spent much more on hardware upgrade to play this game with all eye candy turned on. EA developers certainly deserved the price I paid upfront for the game..which is absolutely amazing.

BF4 looks even better and I would pre-order as soon as they open it.


RE: Sorry EA..
By TakinYourPoints on 3/27/2013 6:45:53 PM , Rating: 2
Regenerating health, grinding for gear and perks, slower gunplay, boring "realistic" physics, frigging Rush Mode, bleh. The game looks gorgeous but this might be the first one I skip. BF3 was such a downgrade from BC2 and this looks like more of the same.

BF1942 is still the peak of the series, so insanely fun, goofy physics and WAKE ISLAND. I miss the old DICE. :/


RE: Sorry EA..
By hubb1e on 3/27/2013 6:58:29 PM , Rating: 2
I prefer slower gunplay. I'm quite happy with BF3. Hardcore mode removes regenerating health and grinding for gear is now an expected part of these types of games. They do start you off with the best rounded guns in the game except for the sniper rifles.


RE: Sorry EA..
By TakinYourPoints on 3/27/2013 7:02:04 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, it all comes down to personal preference. Slower gunplay clearly works for lots of people, otherwise the trend in FPS wouldn't have continued in that direction. :)


RE: Sorry EA..
By Spuke on 3/27/2013 7:09:08 PM , Rating: 2
What's slow about it? You guys sound like you haven't played. Seriously I'm on there nearly every night. Fun as all get out.


RE: Sorry EA..
By Daneel_ on 3/28/2013 1:21:59 AM , Rating: 2
It's slow, in that it's not 'tourney'-style as Quake 3 and Unreal Tournament were.

I miss Rocket Arena so much.. :(


RE: Sorry EA..
By TakinYourPoints on 3/28/2013 1:23:29 AM , Rating: 2
RA3, woop!


RE: Sorry EA..
By maugrimtr on 3/28/2013 9:33:45 AM , Rating: 3
BF3 was not a sequel to BFBC2... They are two different game families. BF3 has more tactical gun play, i.e. not running about half cocked where you kill someone, run out your clip, and get mown down by another spray master. Battlefield means tanks, jets and tactics. BFBC was a faster game style with smaller maps.


RE: Sorry EA..
By Strunf on 3/28/2013 8:55:22 AM , Rating: 3
Slow? this is battlefield not Quake, I'm all for making it as realist as possible and doing a 360° shouldn't be in a blink of an eye.


RE: Sorry EA..
By MrBlastman on 3/28/2013 4:16:59 PM , Rating: 2
Rocket Arena was a rush! I played every single iteration of it up until Quake 3. RIP Quake 4. It should have been popular online but alas it wasn't. :( UT was awesome too. Ahhh the days of hardcore shooters and... hardcore players are fading.

At least we have Mechwarrior Online despite its flaws. The gameplay is still a rush and punishes noobs harshly until they learn the game.


RE: Sorry EA..
By Asetha on 3/28/2013 4:51:21 AM , Rating: 2
BF3 has Wake Island.....


RE: Sorry EA..
By TakinYourPoints on 3/28/2013 6:38:23 PM , Rating: 1
No ships, no goofy vehicle physics, not the same


RE: Sorry EA..
By Daneel_ on 3/28/2013 1:40:37 AM , Rating: 2
Hi Reclaimer,

Yep, I'm old enough and ugly enough to remember the terrible DRM that used to exist..

Unfortunately, in today's case, not all people have internet all the time. The easiest example of this would be if you were to catch the train to and from university/work and wanted to play while in transit. Unless you have tethering and a reasonable data plan, you can't play it in that situation, which might be an hour or more each day.

The internet connection is besides the point for me though; I accept that games may require some form of 'online' to authenticate and function (Steam and Battle.net are success stories), what bothers me more is the online-only element that EA have used with SimCity. One of the major drawcards of the series was the ability to create worlds as large and sprawling as your desire, with multiple saves so you could have a bit of destructive fun every now and then.. In other words, the ability to play by yourself and manage your own worlds. Forcing users to migrate to online-only, with one save state and no control is what has ruined the experience for me.

The DRM itself isn't the issue in this case, it's the byproduct of the DRM. The driving cause of the issue is still the DRM though. EA needs to re-examinte their insatiable desire for control.


RE: Sorry EA..
By Manch on 3/28/2013 2:57:46 AM , Rating: 2
BF3 is fun, you should check it out.

While I'm not a fan of DRM, it doesn't bother me except for the always on BS. I have highspeed internet (80up/80down) at home, but I also go TDY and deploy a lot to places where I don't have access to internet or sometimes running water. Being able to play single player on my laptop without an internet connection is a huge deal for me. Diablo III is ruined for me. I was so excited about that game, when it finally released. Two days later I go TDY, crammed in the cattle car(coach) for a nice 8hr flight. Wait, WTF I cant play? Why not? This is Effin BS!

I'm sure several people have had that experience. And that's where DRM goes too far.


RE: Sorry EA..
By Frallan on 3/28/2013 4:31:27 AM , Rating: 2
Ohh Im older than that I remember copying tapes for my C64. But leaving that aside I bought a lot of licences for games then to but then I always used the cracked versions to get around the DRM. I found that that was a win/win - the developer got their Dosh and i got trouble free gaming. And already then I was allergic to companies installing things on my computer that I didn't explicitly want and even more when those programs reported home.

That got so bad when SONY introduced Root kits on their music CD:s that I have since then not spent 1 cent on SONY music or software. If there was something I wanted i have activly sought the cracked/ripped version out and also told my communities how/where to find those versions.

My stand on Origin now is:
* Advice all I know not to install or buy
* If possible use pirated software

That will go on until EA gets a decent support and a decent attitude towards their customers. And apologizes for for earlier behavior.

Now that is as likely to happen as snow falling in Sahara so Ill just go on spending my 100-200 USD a month for games/software/music somewhere else and since I do that my friends will be less likly to buy EA stuff bc Im not in MP in those games and since Im telling them why not.

What Im saying here is that the DRM EA is imposing is the worst so far (internet required, snooping programs that keeps track of what you have installed and how you use it) - their attitude stinks to high heaven and their support is non existent on top of that their productions are expensive therefore I think you are wrong in your post.


RE: Sorry EA..
By TheEinstein on 3/28/2013 4:45:03 AM , Rating: 3
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"OMFG Internet required!!!???"


I am a semi-truck driver. I buy 6 gigs of internet a month, but some area's are of course blacked out. Kingsgate Canada is a bad spot, no internet. Heck Canada is a bad spot since I pay per megabyte up there with extra costs and fee's.

Why should I be stuck paying huge internet costs to play a game?

This is why I shall never play Diablo II, never play this game, nor play other internet required games.


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