‘Battlefield 4’ Details: What We Know So Far

By Prarthito Maity , Updated Mar 27, 2013 09:32 AM EDT
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“Battlefield 4” is shaping up to be one of the most highly anticipated games of 2013 and now we've seen the official announcement. 

While there’s still not much to say about the game at the moment, there have been a few details that have been popping all around the Web shedding a bit of light on the upcoming game. Here's what we know so far.

Wii U Version Not Happening: Nintendo is losing, and losing big. The company’s sad streak with third party publishers continues with EA's decision to not release “Battlefield 4” for Wii U.

While it seems unlikely the Wii U is incapable of running the game given its specs, DICE thinks differently.

“I think overall for me as creative director, number one is to deliver a really great game and experience,” creative director Lars Gustavsson tells Videogamer. ”Sometimes, at least for us, it’s focus on what you do well and what you know well, and ensure that you deliver something good than trying a bit too much, stretching yourself too thin and risking it.”

He also adds that the company would rather play it safe and deliver something really good and “what could possibly be done than trying a bit too hard and [failing].”

An Always-Online DRM Could Be On The Cards: The 17 minutes gameplay footage of “Battlefield 4” looked amazing, but is that all? Around the 2:40 mark of the gameplay footage, fans can clearly see a certain pop-up message informing them that somebody has already managed to set a new record of completion in the game’s Prologue mode.

While we are not really sure what it is all about, judging by the countless amount of time spent on the multiplayer of “BF3,” one could guess that this feature is pointing toward a potential always-online DRM when the game arrives.

Female Soldiers Not Playable: Remember that woman Hanna in the teaser a few days ago on the official Web site of the game? Well, she is not playable and neither are any female characters in the entire game. Moreover, DICE has also confirmed it.

“I can already now say that you won’t be able to play [as a] female in multiplayer,” Lars Gustavsson tells Videogamer.

"When it comes to single-player, [in Battlefield 3] you shuffled around numerous characters as you played and it was more about the geopolitical events. This time around, everything from direction to actors, to how we built the engine to deliver the human experience and connection to these digital actors, we’ve also chosen to go for one main character that you play, and with that, that is not a woman, as you might have noticed.”

While Gustavsson stats that the company chose to pick a man as the main character because it seemed to suit the story, he also adds that he has “the deepest respect for the men and the women who choose to do military service.”

Game Features: BF4Central has revealed a bit more about the game. The site states that while the PC version of the game will support 64 players, the current generation consoles will support 24. Moreover, considering the RAM on the PlayStation 4 and probably the upcoming Xbox 720, 64 players should easily be a reality.

The in-game maps are all based on the real world and, as it seems, based in Asia. While nothing has been made final, there are a few names already:

  • Tiananmen
  • Diaoyu Island
  • Shanghai Bund
  • Xizhimen

The rumored DLCs for the game include:

  • Wake Island
  • Dalian Plant
  • Daqing Oilfields
  • Great Wall

“Battlefield 4” is currently set to arrive this fall.

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