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Battlefield 4 campaign will make you feel smart: “we have a great story to tell”, says DICE

Tuesday, 8 October 2013 09:37 GMT By Dave Cook

Battlefield 4′s campaign may not seem necessary to those multiplayer-focused players out there, or those who disliked Battlefield 3′s hokum, but DICE creative director Lars Gustavsson reckons the developer has a great story to tell, and a smart one at that.

Speaking with CVG, Gustavsson was asked if there was any call for a Battlefield 4 campaign at all. He replied, “The future will tell, but where we come from we do single player because we want to and we’ve learned a lot while doing it, and I think we have a great story to tell. As a team and a studio we’ve learned so much from crossbreeding between single player and multiplayer. The whole concept of Levolution in many ways comes from single player, and our exploring how we could bring drama and interaction to the world.”

He noted that the reaction to Battlefield 3′s campaign wasn’t as strong as he’d hoped, and added, “We got a lot of feedback from the Battlefield 3 singleplayer, and based on what we intended to deliver the team did a great job, but given that it’s a Battlefield product there were a lot of expectations that it would be more open.

“What we promised ourselves [with Battlefield 4] was to unify the product more, so we infused a lot of the things from multiplayer – from being able to use your squad – into multiplayer, so now you can use them in single player to engage enemies.”

He closed, “First and foremost we’re opening up the encounters more to give you the freedom to decide how to tackle them, whereas in Battlefield 3 it was more ‘pick up that one and kill that one’, which I can agree is not the most exciting way. Players want to feel smart doing what they’re doing.”

Do you reckon the campaign will make you feel smart? Will you play it at all? Let us know below.

Meanwhile, DICE recently told our very own Brenna that they should be slapped for the nature of Battlefield 3′s unlocks. Find out why here.

Via PCGamesN.

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  1. VibraniumSpork

    I’ve owned Battlefield 3 from day one. I’ve spent roughly half and hour with the campaign in all that time – worth revisiting?

    RE: BF4′s campaign, if it’s that good they could have done with showing it off a bit more. One of the main things I was surprised with COD:Ghosts’ unveiling was how fleshed out the campaign looked. Actually appears to have some decent emotional hooks in there…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. YoungZer0

    Yeah, the singleplayer of BF3 wasn’t good. It really wasn’t. The atmosphere was great and it was really satisfying to play russian folks and see them handle the situation much differently then their american counterparts. Too bad you’re playing american only again this time, but at least you have a proper squad with (hopefully) actual character.

    The most important thing though, is that they implement things from the multiplayer. Never understood why they didn’t try that in BF3.

    That’s what made BF:BC2 so great for me, you really could do all the stuff you can do in the multiplayer and the maps were HUGE.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. VibraniumSpork

    @2 “That’s what made BF:BC2 so great for me, you really could do all the stuff you can do in the multiplayer and the maps were HUGE.” – Totally agree!

    #3 2 years ago
  4. KAP

    Single Player was incredible. I played through it multiple times. Cant wait for BF4 campaign.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Creteck

    BF3, was okey, it wasnt amazing or creative. It felt like a tech demo, which follows the Call of Duty straight forward linare style. And BF4 seems like its just the same. I remember Bad Company 1, now that game had a really good campaing. You could compare it to the originale Crysis, half open world mission structure and collectabels hidden in the game. You could also choose a tactical attack to get to next checkpoint. BFBC1 was a amazing game. But in BFBC2 they choose to be more linare like Call of Duty.

    DICE did a bad Choice i would say, i accutally cares about the campaing in games. I dont buy games for the muliplayer.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Dave Cook

    Battlefield 3′s campaign was utter bullshit.

    There, I said it.

    *runs*

    #6 2 years ago
  7. VibraniumSpork

    @6 Hah :D

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Hcw87

    Still, it beats all the CoD campaigns by a very large margin.

    Nothing worse than being funneled along corridors with constantly respawning enemies until you hit that invisible checkpoint to make them stop spawning.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Dave Cook

    @8 No, it really doesn’t. Bland, boring, buggy, claustrophobic compared to previous Battlefields. To me it spat in the eyes of the series’ legacy and tried to copy a format Call of Duty dos so much better.

    They should have stuck to what they were best at.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Dave Cook

    @8 Also, COD hasn’t done constantly respawning enemies for the past several iterations. Again, this is people assuming things about a series they love to hate ;)

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Llewelyn_MT

    The story in Battlefield 3 was OK, but it was killed by the absurd plot twist. I enjoyed BC2 single player much more. If a campaign in a modern military even matters. Shooting dummies is hardly any fun in comparison to the multiplayer.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Hcw87

    Nah, i played through BO2 and tested this after being told they fixed that. The amount of enemies spawning is far less if you rush through a map. If you stay back to pick off one by one, there is a whole lot more spawning. Might not be unlimited, but it’s far from realistic.

    Not to mention the over the top annoying Veteran mode. Enemies have pin point laser accuracy with both guns and grenades.

    BF3 campaign was more like a Black Hawk Down experience, while most CoD campaigns is like an Expendables type of experience. I prefer the more authentic feeling.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. DuckNation

    A FPS game campaign is always easy and simple nothing more then that

    #13 2 years ago
  14. maria.ge17

    til I saw the receipt ov $7550, I have faith that my best friend woz like truley taking home money parttime on their apple labtop.. there dads buddy haz done this 4 less than 7 months and by now cleard the loans on their place and got a great Ford. ==========>>>>>http://xurl.es/a7y2p

    #14 2 years ago
  15. FuntimeBen

    BAD COMPANY 3!!!! What BF3 lacked was any charisma, charm or humor – Which is off, because it is what Bad company 1 and 2 ad is spades.

    Cool is you want to make multiplayer all serious, but I would rather play Tropic Thunder than The Hurt Locker.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Dave Cook

    @15 This guy gets it ^

    #16 2 years ago
  17. AmiralPatate

    @15
    Yes, it need to take itself less seriously. They’d better add an offline/training mode with bots that trying to do a campaign that will most like be bland, predictable and boring from beginning to end.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. wickedcricket

    Umm, SP in BF3 and BF4 is an explicit profanity. I’m not even going to bother acknowledging whatever DICE has prepared for a “campaign”.

    Bad Company – THIS is where you should really put you effort in making single player a stand out, to put it simply, please just continue the adventures of Marlowe, Sweetwater, Haggard and Redford.

    Maaan, I can’t even believe I still remember names of the characters form BF:BC2.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. DrDamn

    One smart fellow and he felt smart, two smart fellows and they felt smart, three smart fellows and they felt smart and they all felt smart together!

    (try saying out loud quickly) :)

    #19 2 years ago
  20. KTF26

    yes 4 hours campaign

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Os Money

    The Majority are buying it for MP, why bother with a campaign anyways? They’re just shorter in each new version and everyone complains.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. AmiralPatate

    @21
    Because it makes cool trailers.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Os Money

    @22 really? I always favored those CGI cut scenes that are have nothing to do with the actual gameplay. /sarcasm

    #23 2 years ago
  24. KineticCalvaria

    @15, 16, you BFBC2 fans seem to forget that there were Battlefield games before Bad Company… and they were more akin to BF3 and 4 in tone than Bad Company. Being a Battlefield 2 fan myself I was very disappointed with the steaming pile that was Bad Company.

    In regards to BF3′s campaign, it was definitely more of a tech demo… kinda like Crysis.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. MadFlavour

    Doubt it.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. AmiralPatate

    @24
    Being a fan of BF2142, I think BC2 is closest the the series’ spirit than BF3/4 will ever be. BC2 is not perfect, it’s not exactly Battlefield, but then again, neither is BF3.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. RocknRolla

    BF4 online controls for vehicles are just shit..

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Hcw87

    @27
    Change controls to veteran before whining.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. sh4dow

    Yeah right. I’ll never forget my first impression of the BF3 story. I believe it was in the first longer gameplay video they released.

    “You ever ask yourself how this part of the world gets so fucked up all the time?!”

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Praglik

    There was a singleplayer mode in BF3 ? Honestly, they shouldn’t have implemented one. They should stick singleplayer campaigns to Bad Companies and let Battlefield handle the multiplayer part…

    #30 2 years ago

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  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]