DICE to give away grenades and other virtual swag throughout the month of February
Nothing says you're sorry better than handing out free gifts -- you know, things like unlocked pistols and grenades, plus double XP opportunities and other virtual items. It's with that in mind that developer Dice is kicking off a Battlefield 4 Player Appreciation Month starting Saturday, February 1, 2014. Throughout the month, DICE will roll out "fun community missions" and give away free stuff.
A Mantle patch is coming, but bug stomping takes top priority
AMD anticipated Battlefield 4 (BF4) being the first PC title to support its new Mantle API via a patch that was supposed to be made available before the end of the month. As it stands, BF4 will still be the first Mantle-optimized title, but the promised patch won't debut until sometime next month. Word from those in the trenches is that fixing various bugs in BF4 is taking a bit longer than expected.
We stepped out onto the battlefield, and lived to talk about it
To commemorate yesterday’s release of Battlefield 4, EA held a BF4 launch party at its Redwood Shores campus. The event had jets flying over head, free beer/snacks, and even an old war plane you could hop into. We had the opportunity of going and brought along our camera. For pictures of the event, be sure to click through the gallery below.
Ready for the next round of realistic warfare? The Battlefield 4 multiplayer beta will be available to preload beginning September 29th at 10 AM P.D.T. Your Sunday morning can start with fantasies of owning some noobs. But you'll be a noob too. Noobception? We have to go deeper.
It’s fairly safe to say that PC gamers are getting SUPER MEGA PUMPED over the release of the upcoming Battlefield 3. Battlefield’s one of those games that was born on the PC and thrives on the PC; both AMD and Nvidia have released drivers in the past few days to let PC gamers get in on shooting fun. To get folks even more excited, EA and Virgin Gaming have teamed up to unleash a massive BF3 contest with over $1.6 million in cash and prizes. Better start warming up that mouse! …Oh, wait. It’s console only.
Hey, you. Yes, you. We know your type. Oh, sure, you clap and cheer along with the rest of your PC gamer brethren any time Battlefield 3 marches its way into the spotlight, but secretly, you don't get what all the fuss is about. Army dudes shooting at each other? So what? It feels like games have been doing that since before armies were invented. Well, our dumbfounded friend, this new Battlefield 3 trailer may very well be your best shot at seeing the light. There's high-flying aerial antics, tanks, bullets whizzing every which way, guided missiles, and a brief cameo by the sun all on the same map. This is what Battlefield's all about.
You know that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you just know something's about to go horribly wrong? Like when someone says “This can't possibly go wrong!” or “Let's buy iPhones”? Well, that's how we felt when EA and Valve started taking their toothbrushes back from each others' houses. Obviously, Battlefield 3 wasn't going to benefit from the divorce. And so, predictably – but no less regrettably – here we are.
As a PC gamer, you ache to play Battlefield 3. This series is your heritage. It's in your blood. Fortunately, there's finally a light at the end of the tunnel: September. That's when the Battlefield 3 beta's starting, according to an email sent out to owners of Medal of Honor: Limited Edition. Unfortunately, this is the part where the wait – small and easily defeated by Father Time's unfaltering tick-tocking though it may be – becomes excruciating. However, you need not concern yourself with cryogenic sleep or any other, shall we say, slightly drastic options; we have images for you. Images that move! Catch two multiplayer videos – one of which is a heaping helping of leaked alpha footage – after the break.
Have your heart set on transforming Battlefield 3 into a glorious reproduction of the climactic forest confrontation from Return of the Jedi – replete with frighteningly accurate Ewok destruction physics? We love you. But also, it just got a lot harder.
Gaming as a whole may be better than ever, but let's face facts: where once our rigs groaned and creaked under the strain of triple-A games, they now yawn disinterestedly and check Facebook. Battlefield creator DICE, too, isn't afraid to stare the problem in the face, but instead of whipping out the old “PC piracy too expensive kthxbye” argument and calling it a day, the developer sees PC gaming as the solution – not the problem. “It's actually helping us make a better console game,” said executive producer Patrick Bach.