Battlefield 4 has been officially announced by DICE and EA. The next entry in the much loved Battlefield franchise will launch in the fall of 2013, and it’s being built on DICE’s Frostbite 3 engine.
They held the announcement at two special events in San Francisco and Stokholm, Sweden. It was there that DICE showed off a 17 minute long live demo of the game in action. You can watch that demo, in full, at the head of this post.
One of the biggest knocks on Battlefield 3, the most recent entry in this series, was its brutally bad single player element. DICE made a heck of a multiplayer game, but the campaign side felt forced, flat and a little boring. According to the official Battlefield Blog, DICE is taking the best of the multiplayer and putting it in the single player. Here’s the official word:
Battlefield 4 is a seminal moment for the series and for us at DICE. We have long been known for our award-winning multiplayer. This time around, we are bringing the best elements of our multiplayer into the single player campaign.
They go on to indicate exactly how they’ll merge the two elements.
This means that gamers will experience huge environments, a playground of destruction, access to an arsenal of vehicles, and the ability to direct squad mates – all within the single player campaign. Battlefield 4 is our most human, dramatic, and believable game yet, powered with our proprietary Frostbite™ 3 engine. This is the engine that will let you own land, sea and air.
Will developer promises translate into gaming reality? We’ll find out this fall. For now, we’ll have more on Battlefield 4 as it comes. The game will ship for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. They have not confirmed whether or not Battlefield 4 will ship for next-gen consoles.