Leaked ‘Battlefield 4′ Artwork Looks Too Familiar; Official Unveil March 26th [Updated]

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 18th, 2013 at 12:19 pm,

Battlefield 4 leaked artwork

Electronic Arts was noticeably absent at Sony’s PlayStation 4 event last month where speculation and rumors hinted at a potential Battlefield 4 unveiling. Having had a partnership with Sony for timed exclusivity on Battlefield 3 DLC (and the controversial Battlefield 1943 bonus), it seemed an obvious opportunity for EA.

Reports since offered a possible explanation in a new potential partnership forming between EA and Microsoft, leading to speculation that Battlefield 4 could be presented alongside the unveiling of the next-gen Xbox, potentially in April. The game players who pre-ordered Medal of Honor: Warfighter already have beta access to will instead be showcased on March 26th.

Earlier this week, Battlefieldo wrote a story, describing what they claim is the official covert art for Battlefield 4. It went unnoticed until today when OXM posted a blurry, zoomed in piece of art that matched the description perfectly.

“I have personally seen the cover art for Battlefield 4, which I cannot post, but I can say that it resembles that of the original Battlefield 3 cover. A man running, in the rain along with tanks, APC’s, and a small teaser image of a jet just to the right of his body.

The buildings in the background also resemble that of the original Battlefield 3 artwork. He appears to be holding a suppressed EBR rifle with a support bipod, along with a 1911 pistol with a tac-light in his other hand. The character’s face has evolved from Battlefield 3, sporting slicked back hair in an American military uniform.”

Kotaku later received a high-res version of that same image, but we still don’t know if it’s legit, even though the aesthetic does sync up with the orange and blue traditional art design of previous games and of the invite we received for the March 26th event in San Francisco.

[Click for super high-res]

Battlefield 4 Artwork Wallpaper

[Updated: Here’s the full shot]

Battlefield 4 Promo Image

Sadly, despite EA expressing an interest in a future setting, DICE general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson confirmed at GDC Europe last summer that Battlefield 4 would continue in the modern setting and this art lends credence to that idea. If that does end up being the case, we find ourselves a little disappointed, knowing that we already have two Frostbite 2 powered modern-set shooters from the publisher. And that’s in less than a year-and-a-half.

Battlefield 3’s life however, may start dwindling in the near future since its last piece of DLC – End Game – is now available across all platforms. There’s no other DLC coming to Premium subscribers, yet on the premium Battlelog page, subscribers will notice one last yet-to-be-revealed video for March. Is that the reveal trailer for Battlefield 4?

Most likely. We’re still holding out hope for a game that continues the experience of Battlefield 2142, something that won’t offer us what we already have in BF3 and MOH: Warfighter. If not, at least give us dinosaurs, DICE.

Follow me on Twitter @rob_keyes and let me know what you want from Battlefield 4!

Sources: AGBBattlefieldoEAKotakuOXM

TAGS: Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, DICE, Electronic Arts, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One

  • Tyler

    Ha, I knew Rob wrote this article as soon as I read the final line.

    • http://gamerant.com Rob Keyes

      What can I say, I’m consistent 😉

  • boogoo

    That’s…. pretty boring artwork.

  • dethfuse

    They better have that dinosaur mode in BF4. They have teasing it for long enough and it would give the game a much needed (hopefully actually good) co-op mode. If it has a dinosaur mode and comes out on the PS4 ill give it a shot even if it is EA. Don’t worry though, ill buy it used then just pay the $10 for the online pass.

  • handsomereaper

    What’s everyone’s insistance on a futuristic setting? That’s primarily why I hated Black Ops 2 aside from the usual crap. Keep it modern but give us fresh stories that matter. My favorite level from Battlefield 3 was the one with the two Russian guys. I’m ready for Bad Company 3 to come out.

    • Varteras

      Because while you’re asking for something fresh the whole ‘modern combat’ scenario has been done to death already. Look at how many modern shooters we’ve had since this generation began. The reboot to Medal of Honor and its sequel Warfighter, Call of Duty with its Modern Warfare trilogy, Battlefield 2 and 3 along with the two Bad Company games, and then sprinkle on every other shooter that has a modern setting but didn’t receive as much attention.

      When you take that into consideration, and that prior to the modern shooter it was the World War 2 shooter that was done to the point of being vomit-inducing, it’s really no wonder why people were receptive to Black Ops 2 and the recent rumors suggesting that the next Battlefield game could take place in a slightly futuristic setting. The modern shooter ruled this generation. People are getting tired of it now.

      • Varteras

        Please note that I do understand that this next Battlefield will continue the modern trend. I was referring to the rumors that were around prior. Just wanted to clear up what could have become confusing.

  • Tim

    Now that everyone is sick of the modern combat, let’s go back to WWII. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy; what about a Civil War game? There’s not enough of those. STOP PLAYING CALL OF DUTY AND YOU WON’T GET BORED OF MODERN COMBAT!!!! Problem solved

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