What would an EA conference be without Battlefield 4 making some kind of appearance? The Frostbite powered modern warfare shooter is the company’s bread and butter these days, and it often shows better at conferences than its competition.

At Gamescom this year, EA brought Battlefield 4 multiplayer along for the ride showing off an exciting new game mode called Obliteration and a new map called Paracel Storm.

Obliteration is an evolution of the classic Capture the Flag mode found in just about every shooter. Teams are charged with the task of finding bombs throughout the map and must bring them to detonate an enemy controlled objective. Naturally, the bomb must be defended for it to explode, so a mixed balance of offense and defense is a must for success.

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One can sport up to 32 players on a team, while the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 only rock 24. PC gamers can still squeeze out numbers far beyond what the company had in mind somehow. It’s come a long way since the four on four Halo matches I used to play back in college over LAN.

Of course, what good is a new multiplayer mode without new maps to play it on? Battlefield 4‘s Paracel Storm map is perfect for this crazy new idea since it takes place entirely on islands and puts a focus on amphibious vehicles. Island hopping anyone?

The weather might stop your plans, since Frostbite 3 has the power to create realistic storms that could very well ruin a perfectly laid route.

I know the genre gets a lot of flak, but I have a lot of respect for how DICE always seems to be improving on itself with each release with crazy new ideas and graphics. The level of detail in these multiplayer maps is staggering, and I can’t wait to actually sit and play it.

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