Battlefield 4 – PS Vita compatibility on the cards?

By Prarthito Maity , Updated Sep 05, 2013 01:35 PM EDT
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Battlefield 4 is all set to arrive later this year with more and more information related to the game arriving almost every day. As expected, there’s more to follow on the game with the latest information dealing with the game’s compatibility on a PlayStation Vita.

Lars Gustavsson, creative director of DICE, was recently in an interview with IGN, where he detailed more game features while also answering a number of fan questions. The interviewer, before that, had managed to amass a list of most frequently asked questions from over 2,500. Gustavsson was present to respond those selected.

On asked whether fans will be able to play Battlefield 4 on the Vita via the PS4’s remote play, Gustavsson stated: “That is the intent. That’s something we’re looking into and working on to see if we can guarantee it.” By now, we all know that Sony’s latest handheld PS Vita can actually work as a second controller for the upcoming PlayStation 4, although we are yet to find out as to which of the upcoming titles will be supporting that feature. Maybe Battlefield 4 will be the first among those titles.

Additionally, on the topic of a dedicated splitscreen offering for Battlefield 4, Gustavsson stated that the splitsceen functionality is not meant for the new game. “What we’re trying to do is really up the visceral experience, the dynamic experience, to give a more complete experience than ever on the battlefield. And with new friend join functionality and a lot of focus on playing together as a squad, and what we’ve done for squads, what we’ve done for commanders, we felt that’s the social gaming focus that we’ve had.”

In the past, a number of gamers have complained about the fact that although there are a host of vehicles like jets and helicopters present in the game, it can be quite intimidating for anyone wanting to try them out. Fans asked whether there will some kind of a tutorial or training available in Battlefield 4 that will help these players. To this, Gustavsson replied, "We’ve definitely heard that people are afraid of getting in there [and using vehicles like helicopters] and that’s not our intent, so what we’ve done is, we’ve added a test range, which allows you to try out all the hardware ahead of time so that if you want to learn to fly a helicopter you can get in there and you can find the settings that work best for you.”

“And then start doing some stunt flights just to feel safe before you go out and get the responsibility of a bunch of other people sitting in your helicopter, so I truly hope that this will help people feel more safe about trying out the whole battlefield,” he added.

Battlefield 4 is scheduled to release for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC on Oct. 29 in North America and Nov. 1 in Europe, with versions for PS4 and Xbox One arriving later.

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