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EA and DICE are finally talking about Battlefield 4, the highly anticipated sequel that is now confirmed for a Fall 2013 release on PC, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, and the next Xbox. They hosted a reveal event at GDC last night showing off a 17 minute video called "Fishing in Baku" that is below that showcases the new Frostbite 3 engine along with a new campaign. From that video alone, you can tell that this sequel is meant for high end PCs and next generation consoles based on the graphics thanks to the new engine even though it is still coming to the PS3 and 360, but the gameplay is pretty much what we all have seen before in past games and other shooters.
This reveal trailer by DICE wants to show why the campaign is more human, dramatic, and believable. There are already a lot of intense moments with this squad of characters and we also get a slight tease of what to expect from the story at the end of this video. The pacing is what you expect of modern first person shooters with a heavy mix of combat and scripted events. Destructible environments remain one of the series's hallmark features and it is not a surprise they look great in this Battlefield sequel. Also not a surprise is the sound design being top notch, which is another expectation with these Battlefield games. Some multiplayer features from previous Battlefields are being implemented into the campaign such as directing squad mates, using vehicles, shoot at bigger environments, and tracking player progress to increase its replay value.
What EA and DICE didn't talk about at the reveal event last night was multiplayer, but looks like they are saving that for E3. If you have seen the teasers for this reveal trailer, sea combat will be coming to the game despite not seeing much of it in this campaign video. They did say that they are not working on a Wii U version, which is indeed disappointing for Nintendo fans wanting to play this highly anticipated sequel on Nintendo's latest console. DICE did say they rather focus on getting Frostbite 3 done right on the systems they're comfortable with working. Players can pre-order the game to get the Premium Expansion pack for free featuring bonus items and access to the multiplayer beta.
Battlefield 4 comes out this Fall for the PC, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, and the next Xbox.