Soon it will be time to enter a brand new fray in DICE’s next addition to the ever-popular multiplayer-focused Battlefield series. Battlefield 4 is launching on both current-gen and next-gen consoles, as well as on PC, and the developers have already revealed some very promising gameplay footage.
In a new Battlefield 4 trailer that showcases the revamped Battlelog, assistant producer Jesper Nielsen explains that DICE has “tried to expand the service to be super-integral to the game experience.” It’s a clever way to keep passionate Battlefield fans hooked, by encouraging them to track their stats even whilst travelling or at work (though you probably shouldn’t let your boss catch you doing it).
The appeal of some of the multiplayer game elements offered in this trailer is going to be a matter of taste and personal preferred styles of playing. The developers espouse the virtues of being able to incorporate multiple devices, such as smartphones and tablets, into the Battlefield 4 experience and to continue keeping track of friend activity and leaderboards whilst on the move. This will no doubt be a big selling point for those who are heavily into the competitive side of multiplayer gaming, but players who are planning to take a more casual approach to Battlefield 4 might not be interested in constant updates of friends killing more tanks than you, etc..
A second screen can add a lot to the gaming experience, making it easy to glance at an inventory or map seamlessly, and so another of the features promised in the Battlelog trailer is the ability to, for example, switch loadouts in real time whilst waiting for a kill screen to disappear, or strategize attacks with squad mates using the minimap.
There’s a lot of impressive innovation, but if switching between multiple devices and screens (you can apparently use your tablet, phone and laptop simultaneously as you play the game on your main console) sounds like it would be too fiddly and you prefer your gaming to be self-contained, then there’s still plenty to see in Battlefield 4, thank to the new Frostbite 3 engine. Game Rant previewed Battlefield 4 at E3 this year and found it to be “Battlefield 3 plus” in many ways, so if you loved the previous game in the series then you should definitely keep an eye on this next evolution.
Are you excited about the new ways of accessing the Battlelog and using multiple screens, or are you waiting to hear about other aspects of Battlefield 4?
Battlefield 4 releases October 29, 2013 for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, and release dates for the PS4 and Xbox One are expected to be announced soon.