Waiting for a new game is always tough, especially after seeing a lot of enticing things on offer in the trailers for Battlefield 4. As the first Battlefield game to be released on next-gen consoles, Battlefield 4 is going head-to-head with Call of Duty: Ghosts by offering their own equivalent of dynamic maps: a multiplayer level design feature dubbed ‘Levolution’ that creates ongoing changes within the game environment.

Until Battlefield 4 is released, however, fans of the series are just going to have to subsist on details and gameplay footage, which luckily are in abundance. Alternatively, it will soon be possible to sign up for the Battlefield 4 beta, which allows players to explore the “Siege of Shanghai” map and get a hands-on taste of the game. At the same time, beta participants will be providing useful feedback to DICE that can be implemented before the full release.

The Battlefield 4 open beta will be available to Battlefield 3 premium members, registered owners of Medal of Honor Warfighter Limited Edition or Deluxe Edition, and those who have already pre-ordered Battlefield 4 on October 1st. For everyone else, the beta will be available to download on October 4th.

Another video details some of the customization options that will be available in-game. These include a whole library of weapon customization options to ensure that whichever gun the player is holding will be best suited to their approach, whether that means applying a more ergonomic grip, switching out the default iron sights for a red dot sight, or changing the paint so that the gun has flames up the sides like those shirts that were extremely cool in the nineties.

Paint jobs are more about just making players look cool, as a vehicle with a camouflage skin will automatically change to match the environment at the start of each level, like a chameleon. Obviously tanks and helicopters are going to be a little harder to miss, but undermining the opponent’s ability to tell an aircraft apart from the sky behind it could be what makes the difference between getting blown up and survival.

This summer we saw a trailer for the revamped Battlelog, which will introduce the ability to manage your game across multiple screens and continue tracking progress and competition even while out and about. Today, Assistant Producer Jesper Nielsen has now outlined the changes and new features of the Battlelog in a handy guide. The guide covers such topics as in-game integration of the Battlelog and Geo Leaderboards that make it possible to see how players rank compared not only to other players worldwide, but also within their local area.

It certainly looks like there are enough new features available to convince Battlefield 3 players to splash out on the next game in the series, but tell us if you like the direction that DICE is taking – and if it all feels fresh enough – in the comments.

Battlefield 4 releases October 29, 2013 for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360; November 12th for the PS4; and November 19th for the Xbox One.

Source: EA