Battlefield 4 was confirmed for release on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this Fall, however, the demo that was shown in the trailer is running off a high-end PC build of the game. Neither DICE or Electronic Arts has confirmed that the military shooter will be released on the next generation Xbox and PlayStation 4, but it is a good bet that we will get just such an announcement after Microsoft officially debuts their next console.
Visually speaking, Battlefield 4 and the new Frostbite 3 engine are indeed very impressive, and should give you some idea as to what to expect from the next generation console versions. There is no doubt that the graphics, as shown in the trailer, are not going to be possible on the either the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360.
With that said, it is clear that this upcoming next generation of games is going to have to do far more than simply provide graphical eye candy to truly wow players. The visual leap from the PS3/Xbox 360 to the PS4/Xbox 720 is not going to have anywhere near the “wow factor” that the last console transition had. Don’t get me wrong, Battlefield 4 looks fantastic in this demo, but it is nothing that is going to drop your jaw to the floor in amazement.
The trailer focuses on Battlefield 4‘s single-player campaign, and gives you a brief glimpse at the ending before going back in time to reveal the events leading up tragic conclusion. Gameplay wise, it looks like the shooter will feature large destructible environments (although it is unclear how much of the destruction is scripted), that are broken up with much smaller transition areas. Players will be able to issue commands to their squad, drive vehicles, equip at least three weapons at a time, and call in air support.
Battlefield 4 pre-orders, which include a Premium expansion pack, for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 version have opened up at participating retailers for $59.99. If you have already forgotten all about the digital disaster that is SimCity, you can also opt for the $69.99 Origin pre-order that provides several bonus in-game digital items and access to the game’s multiplayer beta.
Check out Battlefield 4‘s first gameplay trailer and screenshots below, and make sure to let us know what you think of the reveal down in the comment section.
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DICE Reveals Next Generation of Battlefield –; New Benchmark in Game Design, Multiplayer Engagement
Battlefield 4 to Deliver Human, Dramatic and Believable Action, Powered by Best-in-Class Frostbite 3 Technology
REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Only in Battlefield™ can players go through a building instead of around it or eject from a jet and take out the enemy mid-free fall. Those incredible gameplay moments that blur the line between game and glory can only be created by players, and occur only in Battlefield. DICE, a studio of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA), today announced Battlefield 4™, a genre-defining action blockbuster launching in Fall 2013. Powered by the advanced technology of DICE’s proprietary Frostbite™ 3 engine, Battlefield 4 offers players a glimpse into the future of interactive entertainment — a future that is more human, dramatic and believable than anything before it. With more than 65 million players worldwide, the Battlefield series has consistently been praised by critics for its world-class multiplayer gameplay, and is recognized as the only game that allows players to own land, sea and air.
Battlefield 4 is a seminal moment for the Battlefield series as more award-winning, multiplayer game design elements are incorporated into the single-player campaign. In single-player, gamers will experience huge environments, a playground of destruction, access to an arsenal of vehicles and the ability to direct squad mates. Taking a page from the social aspect of multiplayer gaming, the single-player mode will now track players’ progress, adding an element of persistence and friendly competition to the campaign.
The game made its world debut today with a staggering 17-minute gameplay demo, available for view at Battlefield.com. The demo begins as the player — Recker — opens his eyes to discover that he is trapped in a rapidly sinking car with three of his squad mates. Shooting the window is the only way out. Panic and fear are pushed aside as Recker makes a difficult decision — take the shot and recover the intel but risk that not everyone will survive. The emotional demo features a cast of characters unrivaled in interactive entertainment. Players will learn how to work together in both the Campaign and Multiplayer, issuing squad orders and comparing achievements in both experiences. Adventure and Competition will unfold through a series of beautifully crafted locations constructed with some of the best art and sound design in modern shooters. All of this is only possible with Frostbite 3 — a new standard for interactive entertainment in 2013.
“We are so humbled and proud to debut Battlefield 4 on a global stage with simultaneous events in San Francisco and Stockholm. To be this early in development, and to already be so polished is a huge achievement for the DICE team and reflection of their passion and commitment to driving the franchise forward. Today’s demo was just the beginning — we have so much more in store,” said Patrick Soderlund, Executive Vice President, EA Games Label. “It is thrilling to witness peoples’ reaction when seeing the game for the first time. It really makes you realize that we are at the beginning of a whole new era for gaming. As artists and craftspeople, we are focused on creating a dynamic, open design that brings people together with amazing, surprising unscripted moments that they’ll talk about for days. That’s the beauty of Battlefield.”
By pre-ordering Battlefield 4 at any participating retail outlet, gamers will receive a Premium expansion pack at no additional cost*. DICE also announced today Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe, an Origin™ exclusive special edition that includes the base game and bonus in-game digital items. Players that pre-order Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe* on Origin will also receive the Premium expansion pack as well as access to the exclusive Battlefield 4 multiplayer beta.
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