Battlefield 4 developer DICE is believed to be about to launch a Community Test Environment so it can gather feedback directly from its player base.
The Escapist cites an anonymous source for word of the CTE, but it’s worth noting that rumours of a beta or test version of BF4 have been doing the rounds for some time.
According to the site, the CTE will be open to Premium players, and will use a separate game client and Battlelog to the core game.
This test environment is due to launch on May 8, US time, apparently, but only on PC.
DICE allegedly hopes to gather more direct feedback from fans than the existing game client allows. One of the first priorities of the test environment is improving the shooter’s netcode.
The Escapist has a screengrab it says was harvested from the CTE. EA did not respond to its requests for comment.
The notion of a community test environment is not unique; Blizzard regularly employs public test servers to try out upcoming patches and features, for example.