Battlefield 4 News: PS4's Commander Mode Disabled, Levolution and Second Assault Map Mechanics Detailed

By Luke Caulfield , Updated Nov 19, 2013 03:13 PM EST

It was a rough weekend for Battlefield 4 on the PlayStation 4 and PC. Many gamers reported a particularly nasty error for PS4 versions, resulting in game crashes and corrupted save files. Similarly, online gameplay on PC was hampered by DDoS attacks. Luckily, DICE is on top of things, and according to a Battlelog update, the company is currently working on a patch that should make everything hunky-dory (it's a technical term).

Read the post: "We are aware of the frequent crashes in Battlefield 4 on PlayStation 4. We are hard at work identifying these issues and are hoping to get a game update out early next week. Stay tuned for more details as we can confirm them, and thanks for your patience!"

Earlier today, the developer decided to temporarily disable the Commander Mode, after determining the crashes were tied to the mode. As a result, the developer wrote that the mode has been suspended while the company is "working on a fix for the root cause of this issue. This will increase network stability while we are fixing the issue. Stay tuned for more updates."

The developer is also working on updates for both the PC and Xbox 360 versions of the game, each of which should be arriving shortly. You can see the brief notes below:

* X360 game update - We have an upcoming game update for BF4 on X360 that is currently undergoing final testing. We are hoping to get this update live soon, and will let you know as soon as it has passed final stages of testing and is ready for deployment.

* PC game update - We have a new game update in the works for BF4 on PC aimed at fixing a number of remaining issues in the game. We will have more details on the contents of this update and a rough timing estimate at a later date. You can always find the latest information on upcoming updates in this thread.

Now, onward to the details for the new maps!

It seems that a gamer who had an early hands on experience with maps from the Second Assault DLC / expansion has taken to Reddit to offer up the maps' features, including their Levolution destruction features.

LevelCapGaming wrote, "So I just spent a few hours playing the 4 new second assault maps, Metro, Oman, Caspian and Firestorm. Metro looks great, with new paths, fire that spreads through the grass outside and the ability to kill the lights. Oman looks very similar except the beach is now super rocky providing good cover and the sand storm is crazy! Caspian's new wall makes a big difference in the flow of vehicular combat. Firestorm is extremely fiery now. Lots of gas leaks that will kill people standing too close."

LevelCap described Caspian's Levolution event as a giant tower falls down to create "a bridge up to the D point area." Oman has a sandstorm that can bring a crane down, and severely limit player visibility. Operation Metro adds in new pathways and a working elevator system. As for Firestorm, "y
ou can destroy the giant pipeline creating a fiery hazard. I didn't get to see it."

Battlefield 4 stars a new protagonist to the series, that of Sergeant Daniel Recker, a member of the elite Tombstone Squad. He and the squad learn that an Admiral is in the midst of planning a coup to overthrow the current Chinese regime, with Russia ready to back him up.

You don't have to be an expert in foreign relations and politics to realize this would cause one hell of a domino effect that would see the whole planet embroiled in war.

Battlefield 4 is currently available now for PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox 360, and PC. It will be available at launch for the Xbox One when the console releases worldwide later this week, November 22. 

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