Even though it’s still one of EA’s most popular franchises, Battlefield 4 has been through a rollercoaster of a ride since the game launched back in 2013. Initially stumbling out of the gate with a very broken launch, the game managed to recover and offer fans a solid military shooter experience.
After finishing work on all five DLC packs late last year, many fans figured DICE was fully moving on to their other sizable projects with Star Wars Battlefront and Mirror’s Edge Catalyst. As it turns out, DICE isn’t quite done with its popular shooter franchise and revealed a first look at new DLC coming next month for Battlefield 4.
In a surprising announcement, DICE revealed Night Operations DLC for Battlefield 4, which adds a twist to the game featuring maps that are set only at night. While the full DLC package has not been detailed, DICE revealed Zavod: Graveyard Shift, which is their fresh take on Zavod 311 – a map which originally shipped with the core game. To help further sell the night time theme, a new darker layout was created featuring a special Weapons Preset specially created for the nighttime look.
Aiming to be more than DLC that features darker maps, this content offers “several improvements and tweaks to allow for more stealthy and tactical gameplay.” The audio being used has been enhanced to allow players to better identify which direction any sound comes from, gadgets and items now shine brighter in the dark, more so than on normal daytime maps, and for an added challenge, players can actually shoot out lights around the map making things even darker.
Even with Visceral’s alternative take on the Battlefield franchise going strong and getting its next DLC pack in September as well, DICE continues to work on Battlefield 4, also bringing a number of enhancements to the core experience. A new team balancer for public servers has been promised as part of this DLC, which will presumably help to prevent games from getting too lopsided, something which can cause a frustrating experience for current Battlefield players.
Community is a very important thing for any game and, unfortunately for Battlefield 4, it’s something the game has struggled to keep happy consistently. While DICE has been working closely with its fan base, creating a community test server last year and even inviting players to build and test maps a few months ago, the developer has taken some heat earlier this year over changes that caused slot issues for server admins. The community protest involved over 50 clans and 130 server admins, who essentially went on strike to raise awareness for the problems the update caused.
Will this DLC bring you back to the title or have you moved on to other games for good? Let us know what you think below in the comments.
Battlefield 4: Night Operations is due out sometime in September 2015 for PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3.
Source: Battlefield Battelog