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Battlefield 4 unveiling teased for 27th March

by Mark Tyson on 19 March 2013, 13:15

Tags: Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA)

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A tweet on the official EA Battlefield Twitter page has revealed that the latest instalment of this popular FPS will be unveiled on 27th March. A short video accompanied the tweet, I have embedded it below. In related news EA’s CEO of nearly seven years standing, John Riccitiello, has resigned. He said he takes responsibility for EA’s recent lack lustre results including missing the most recent financial guidance goals set in January.

Battlefield 4

EA has teased via its Battlefield Twitter account that Battlefield 4 will be shown to the world on 27th Match 2013 at the Game Developer Conference (GDC) in San Francisco. The teaser tweet read “Straight from the video editing suite: Prepare 4 Battle - 03.27! This sneak peek now, more soon. (Please RT!) #BF4”

In addition EA posted a minimally informative video clip which you can see below:

A couple of days earlier EA sent Battlefield 4 themed invites for the Game Developer Conference (GDC) in San Francisco which read “Battlefield 4. Please join us to celebrate a new era of Battlefield, March 26 2013, 7pm.” So it looks like the schedule has been shifted by a day. We also got to see the promotional image, below, which features a pair of LAVs and an Abrahams Guardian. According to PC Gamer, this pitches the game’s setting as a modern combat environment. The game is likely to be released in autumn.

EA CEO John Riccitiello resigns

In further EA news it has been revealed that EA’s CEO of nearly seven years standing, John Riccitiello, has resigned. In his letter tendering his resignation to the Chairman, Riccitiello wrote that “This is a tough decision, but it all comes down to accountability. The progress EA has made on transitioning to digital games and services is something I’m extremely proud of. However, it currently looks like we will come in at the low end of, or slightly below, the financial guidance we issued in January, and we have fallen short of the internal operating plan we set one year ago. EA’s shareholders and employees expect better and I am accountable for the miss.”

In addition he said that “I am confident that the investments we have made in games for next-generation consoles will put EA in a strong leadership position for many years ahead”. Riccitiello will stay in his current position and aid the leadership transition until 30th March; the end of the company’s fiscal year.



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Now, I'm excited about this... I genuinely am... There's one slight snag though...

I was invited to the BF3 closed Alpha and played a lot of the beta too! When it came to final release... I was fine. I had one or two dropss from servers and such but generally had a smooth gameplay experience.

My friends who I regularly game with however... well, they didn't have such a smooth time of it. On launch, the game was basically broken for them - couldn't access any servers and then when they could they'd randomnly cut them out etc. Together we've played some 300hrs of BFBC2 together. Of BF3? Less than 50. If that. And there was the whole Premium Edition thing....

I'll be interested to see what they're going to do with BF4 and how they're going to make it interesting so soon after the release of BF3 (it was only a year and a half ago - they've only just released the last DLC!) to entice BF3 players away... Frankly, I think the only *really* viable option is to make it a different kind of Battlefield i.e. you could be interested in this AND BF3. Otherwise, I don't see how they're going to make it a convincing sell given that there's still a lot of play time to be had in BF3.

Unless they view us like COD players now who'll just lap up every new game that comes out, regardless of how small the iterative enhancements are and how soon the previous installment was... In which case, count me out...

*commence flame war.... now*
I encountered lots of stability issues when BF3 first came out too. I know there are plenty of other games released with some major bugs, but it did feel as if the paying customers were being treated as beta testers. The fact that I pre-ordered the game & got the 'Back to Karkand' add-on free, only to find it included in the Premium bundle as really annoying too. With BF4 I'll be leaving it 6 months before buying it; hopefully by then it will be stable enough to be playable, & the price might have dropped a bit too.
Want to know what's really strange about it? The alpha build was fantastic. And the Beta. Admittedly the alpha was only the one map but I never had a problem connecting to servers. The same with the beta. It was like they accidently released BF3 a few versions *before* the alpha! That said, I imagine that server load makes all the difference when it comes to this kind of thing...

Given how little I've played it and that you can get the Premium Edition (base game + all add-ons) now for the same price that I preordered BF3 for (about £25-28 iirc), I do regret preordering it! :( So I'm with you - wait for 6 months, let the problems get ironed out and the price to drop and then I'll probably buy the edition that comes with the complete set...
Kirano
Now, I'm excited about this... I genuinely am... There's one slight snag though... And there was the whole Premium Edition thing....

I'll be interested to see what they're going to do with BF4 and how they're going to make it interesting so soon after the release of BF3 (it was only a year and a half ago - they've only just released the last DLC!) to entice BF3 players away... Frankly, I think the only *really* viable option is to make it a different kind of Battlefield i.e. you could be interested in this AND BF3. Otherwise, I don't see how they're going to make it a convincing sell given that there's still a lot of play time to be had in BF3.

Unless they view us like COD players now who'll just lap up every new game that comes out, regardless of how small the iterative enhancements are and how soon the previous installment was... In which case, count me out...
I want to be excited by this - after all it'd be nice after being a little disappointed with last years CoD installment, (I still think BOps1 had a better storyline). Hopefully they're not going to do a Bops2 and throw it into some near-future setting. I also can't see much in the way of improvements possible for the campaign junkie - think that folks (like me) who do that are in for more and more disappointment, as the SP "campaigns" become nothing but extended training missions for the MP play that EA etc want you to do so they can sting you for all that lovely DLC! (yes, I'm being very cynical)

MP on the other hand surely has plenty of scope for improvements - even if it's something as "minor" as larger teams on each side. I'd love to see some feed in from something like Assassin's Creed - so special ops style missions and even perhaps ones with NPC's involved (e.g. terrorist hunt). Just no zombie hunts!

As to the "Premium" thing - I find the whole thing a bit distasteful - "buy our game and then pay the same price again for all the stuff you'd wished it'd had in the first place". And I'm not joking about the price - got a mail from EA this morning saying BF3Premium is £39.99 - which is perhaps even more than I paid for BF3 on launch day! :o

Still, could be worse, BF5 with the "ammo vending machines" that you need real money to use? :wallbash:
Jimbobgod1969
I encountered lots of stability issues when BF3 first came out too.
Strangely enough, the PC version was pretty darned stable for me, and it was the XBox version that had all kind of glitches. I'll not be repeating that mistake - if/when I go for BF4 I'll be limiting that one to purely the PC.

Given that Saints Row IV looks to be hitting the shops around the same time, I'd better get saving now... ;)
I don't know if I can get excited for this anymore. I was so excited for BF3, everytime the previews appeared, the BF music gave me those little shivers but when the game landed I just didn't get on with it. I got roughly 50 hours out of it before it died off for me.

Please prove me wrong and give me those shivers again!