Let Frostbite 3 Blow Your Mind With 17 Minutes Of Battlefield 4
While you all slept (or practiced your nocturnal nature) during the wee hours of this morning, EA was having trouble releasing bits of Battlefield 4 information themselves. Screenshots and a low-res version of the reveal trailer for Battlefield 4 all managed to find their way onto the internet, but thankfully a 17 minute gameplay demo managed to be released by EA first before anyone got their dirty hands on it. So there, you can now watch 17 minutes of Battlefield 4 right now.
Pretty isn’t it? The game is apparently running on Frostbite 3, which would explain the extremely photorealistic visual and all round stunning facial animation. Also, did you see those water effects? Holy crap. While the visuals certainly do impress, at least from a technical standpoint, gameplay seems to have undergone some changes as well. You can now issue commands to your squad members, similar to the Brothers in Arms franchise, which should help the single-player feel less like a one man vendetta against an entire army. It’s a nice addition that’s not entire new but still somewhat needed to make gameplay a tad more interesting.
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Other than that, you get the sense of some real tense moments between you and your squad members. The opening scene is rather dark, and EA is apparently trying to create a human and dramatic narrative. You’re still chasing a Russian though, so much for that change then. Here’s a press release about the video from EA,
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.
Battlefield 4 will release near the end of this year on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. Oh, the PS4 as well and probably the next Xbox. You didn’t think those visuals came from current console technology, did you?