Battlefield 4 gamescom 2013: open beta in October, BF4 Premium detailed

Tuesday, 20th August 2013 16:06 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

DICE’s Karl Magnus Troedsson introduced Battlefield 4 during EA’s gamescom press event, stating the game will go into beta in October. He also discussed Levolution, which has been detailed before, but he went into even more detail on it – which means no two games will be the same.

A new mode called Obliteration was also discussed briefly, which includes random bomb spawning, and is developed in the style of “Capture the Flag”. Basically, you are tasked with destroying the enemy target before they get to yours, and you only have “one bomb between you.”

An air and sea battle multiplayer video was shown called Paracel Storm; it’s posted below.

EA discussed something called Battlepacks, which add persistence and chance to multiplayer progression. During multiplayer, players will receive packs stuffed with a random assortment of new camos, dog tags, knives, XP boosts and gun attachments.

The Battlefield 4 multiplayer beta which kicks off in early October and will be exclusive for Battlefield 3 Premium owners, those that pre-ordered Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe, and owners of Medal of Honor Warfighter Digital Deluxe and Medal of Honor Warfighter Limited Edition for three days. After that, it will be open to everyone on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. The beta will include the Siege of Shanghai map on the popular Conquest mode and Levolution.

Battlefield 4 will be available October 29 for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. It;s also coming to PS4 and Xbox one, but has not been dated; stats will be transferrable from current-gen to next-gen.

Battlefield 4 Premium
Battlefield 4 Premium was also detailed – it’s an “exclusive club” for everyone who has “played and loved” the series. It offers new updates every week, and early access to all new content. Members will receive five themed digital expansion packs – Battlefield 4 China Rising, Battlefield 4 Second Assault, Battlefield 4 Naval Strike, Battlefield 4 Dragon’s Teeth and Battlefield 4 Final Stand – as well as unique personalization options.

“Fan reaction to Battlefield 3 Premium has been nothing short of amazing. We are humbled to see more than 4 million people join in,” executive producer Patrick Bach said.

“With Battlefield 4 Premium we continue to roll out the red carpet, treating our fans like VIPs with a massive amount of new gameplay, exclusive new content and even more benefits at an incredible value.”

Here’s the full skinny on Premium:

  • Battlefield 4 Premium membership includes five digital expansion packs featuring new multiplayer maps and in-game content:
    – Battlefield 4 Second Assault – Includes four fan-favorite Battlefield 3 maps now re-imagined with the power of Frostbite 3. Available first on Xbox One.
    – Battlefield 4 China Rising – Players fight for dominance across the vast and majestic Chinese mainland. Available December 2013.
    – Battlefield 4 Naval Strike – Experience dynamic ocean combat as the Chinese armada takes the fight to the sea. Available Spring 2014.
    – Battlefield 4 Dragon’s Teeth – The US strikes back engaging in all-out urban warfare. Available Summer 2014.
    – Battlefield 4 Final Stand – Bring the war to its epic conclusion. Available Summer 2014.
  • Two-weeks early access to all expansion packs for that competitive edge
  • Unique personalization options including camos, paints, emblems, dogtags and more
  • Priority position in server queues
  • New content every week
  • 12 bonus Battlefield 4 Battlepacks
  • Transfer Battlefield 4 Premium membership from Xbox 360 to Xbox One and PlayStation 3 to PlayStation 4



  1. Erthazus

    One Battlefield 4 map is more then all maps were for CoD combined.

    This proves the fact that Battlefield:Bad Company 2 was a masterpiece and BF3-4 continues to innovate in visuals, sound, scale and destruction.

    Everything is perfect. + Commando mode.

    Can’t wait to play this on my top PC Rig :D

    #1 1 year ago
  2. MCTJim

    I will agree that BFBC2 was a fantastic game. Battlefield 3 was a good game, only because you could not host your own lobbies without paying. If BF4 lets you host your own lobbies so you can piggy pile on your buddies into one room and then go play against publics or another team, then it will be a must buy for me.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. KineticCalvaria

    @1, ‘Everything is perfect. + Commando mode.’

    Commando mode? Oh so we can run around without underwear? Sweet, day one buy!

    Commander mode looks good as well.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. SplatteredHouse

    I was surprised when he announced that BF3 Premium had attracted 4 million people. I thought: ONLY 4 million! That’s (unless I just misheard) a really low rate against the number of copies of that, that they must have sold by now. It’s a popular game, after all…Anybody know of reliable BF3 sales figures?

    #4 1 year ago
  5. roadkill

    @1 +1 +1 :D

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Captain_Iglo

    Battlefield 4 looks too much like BF3. I will buy it, that’s for sure but I would have been really excited if they made an announcement for Bad Company 3. I miss Bad Company so much. The first one was amazing and I’m still playing it.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. CaptPierce

    Okay, any thought that this is just Battlefield 3.5 is gone now. Not only does this look better than Battlefield 2, this might be the best one in the series to date. The action is speaking volumes in itself. I’m extremely stoked for this. If PS3 DLC carries over to the PS4, then I am DEFINITELY getting this for my consoles!

    #7 1 year ago
  8. EconomicallyExuberant

    The game does look a bit like Battlefield 3. I was hoping it would be more like Bad Company 2.

    But I have written a debate about both games here:

    #8 1 year ago

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