During the Battlefield 4 presentation at EA's E3 press conference on Monday, Patrick Bach walked the audience through a multiplayer match with a five-player squad. Battlefield players may have noted that's one more man than usual, and there is a reason for it.
Apparently the community has been asking for larger squads, so DICE upped the number to five.
"They've been asking for bigger squads," producer Aleksander Grondal told Joystiq. "We believe five is a good figure. It allows for more team-based gameplay, basically. You have more options and you can spawn in more places."
"[Four]was a design choice [in the beginning]– forgive me, I don't exactly remember why four was chosen. You know, it feels like light years ago from previous games.
"But five is a little better; it gives a bit more flexibility and more interesting choices."
When in battle, it never hurts to have another guy with a gun, I reckon.
Battlefield 4 is out October 29 PC, Ps3, and Xbox 360. It will release on PS4 and Xbox One as well.