“Battlefield 4,” the highly anticipated sequel to “Battlefield 3,” was fully unveiled at E3 on Monday. Several new features to the “Battlefield” franchise were also introduced, including Commander Mode, multiplayer game play, dynamic destructible environments and many other game-play features. Here’s a look at some of those features and why they’ll have a huge impact on the way “Battlefield 4” will be played upon its release.
While Commander Mode was notably absent upon the release of “Battlefield 3,” it returns in “Battlefield 4” with a new look and style. The mode was originally introduced back in 2005 in “Battlefield 2.” In Commander Mode, players are able to take on a bird’s-eye view of the battlefield and command troops into battle by coordinating squads, providing unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, surveillance intelligence, designating objectives, resupplying squads and providing various artillery and close air support. The biggest change for this mode is the ability to play as commander, using a tablet device and adding new ways to play “Battlefield 4” as commander from almost anywhere.
Many complaints about “Battlefield 3” centered on the lower-than-desired destruction level available in the game. “Battlefield 4” remedies this, as seen in the multiplayer video from E3. For example. streets can collapse when support structures are shot, bringing enemy vehicles into subways. Entire skyscrapers can also collapse when the right points are attacked, changing the entire landscape of the battlefield. DICE dubs this new destruction system "Levolution."
Other complaints in the PC version of “Battlefield 3” also centered on the lack of proper squad voice communication. According to a tweet from the official “Battlefield” Twitter, “Battlefield 4” will support voice communication between squad members and even commanders.
@sundivine2 The PC version of the game will have out of the box VoIP as well as Commander to squad communication.
â€” Battlefield (@Battlefield) June 11, 2013
Console gamers, rejoice! DICE confirmed that the game would support 64 players on next-generation consoles such as Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.
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