Since EA’s CEO abruptly left the company a week ago, EA’s Vice President Patrick Soderlund was at GDC 2013 presenting the
next-generation future of video gaming by stating that Battlefiled 4 marks a new era in video games:
We helped define multiplayer for the FPS genre, and today, we are still passionate about what defining gaming really is.
With a new class of technology at our fingertips, it is never a better time to be a game developer. We build Frostbite 3 to be state of the art – a world class engine that is more powerful than anything we have every created for. It is apiece of technology that really challenges us to use new ideas, iterated and create new ways to entertain people.
The power of Frostbite leaves us with no excuses. There is really nothing holding us back any more. As you all know, the best games out there are not about polygons or shaders – it is the emotional connections we make with players.
Technology has helped us become better storytellers. With BF4 we are creating experiences which are dramatic, believable. The stress of the moment, the feel of imminent danger. The connection you have to the characters. It is all real, and very human.
Despite the game being about war, Battlefield 4 Executive Producer Patrick Bach said that the game is all about human interaction. Technology plays its part, but the re-play value gamers find in a particular game is far beyond how realistic the game looks or how revolutionary it is.
We are asking you, as a player to participate in these dramatic movements. Movies always create believable scenes. We too want you to feel you are really there.
BF4 is a seminal moment for the series. We will be bringing more of the dynamic moments from the multiplayer into the single-player. It is a directed gaming experience, but it much more open – just like our multiplayer.
We also increased the depth by being able to direct your squad mates, use vehicles and destruction, and huge environments that give you more tactical choice. We will have a lot more to tell you and show you as the year goes on.
Battlefield 4 will be releasing on the PC, Xbox 360, PS3, and possibly the PS4 and next-gen Xbox in Fall 2013; but it will skipping the Wii U, per DICE Creative Director Lars Gustavsson:
I think overall for me as creative director, number one is to deliver a really great game and experience.
Sometimes, at least for us, it’s focusing on what you do well and what you know well, and ensuring that you deliver something good than trying a bit too much, stretching yourself too thin and risking it. I’d rather play it safe, deliver something really good and then look at the future and what could possibly be done than trying a bit too hard and [failing].
Be sure to pre-order the game soon! EA has confirmed all the goodies you’ll get if you do. Pre-order for PC, via Origin, you’ll get the Battlefield 3 Premium Expansion Pack for free, Battlefield 4 beta access, and bonus in-game content.
REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Only in Battlefield™ can players go through a building instead of around it or eject from a jet and take out the enemy mid-free fall. Those incredible gameplay moments that blur the line between game and glory can only be created by players, and occur only in Battlefield. DICE, a studio of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA), today announced Battlefield 4™, a genre-defining action blockbuster launching in Fall 2013. Powered by the advanced technology of DICE’s proprietary Frostbite™ 3 engine,Battlefield 4 offers players a glimpse into the future of interactive entertainment – a future that is more human, dramatic and believable than anything before it. With more than 65 million players worldwide, the Battlefield series has consistently been praised by critics for its world-class multiplayer gameplay, and is recognized as the only game that allows players to own land, sea and air.
Battlefield 4 is a seminal moment for the Battlefield series as more award-winning, multiplayer game design elements are incorporated into the single-player campaign. In single-player, gamers will experience huge environments, a playground of destruction, access to an arsenal of vehicles and the ability to direct squad mates. Taking a page from the social aspect of multiplayer gaming, the single-player mode will now track players’ progress, adding an element of persistence and friendly competition to the campaign.
The game made its world debut today with a staggering 17-minute gameplay demo, available for view at Battlefield.com. The demo begins as the player – Recker – opens his eyes to discover that he is trapped in a rapidly sinking car with three of his squad mates. Shooting the window is the only way out. Panic and fear are pushed aside as Recker makes a difficult decision – take the shot and recover the intel but risk that not everyone will survive. The emotional demo features a cast of characters unrivaled in interactive entertainment. Players will learn how to work together in both the Campaign and Multiplayer, issuing squad orders and comparing achievements in both experiences. Adventure and Competition will unfold through a series of beautifully crafted locations constructed with some of the best art and sound design in modern shooters. All of this is only possible with Frostbite 3 – a new standard for interactive entertainment in 2013.
“We are so humbled and proud to debut Battlefield 4 on a global stage with simultaneous events in San Francisco and Stockholm. To be this early in development, and to already be so polished is a huge achievement for the DICE team and reflection of their passion and commitment to driving the franchise forward. Today’s demo was just the beginning — we have so much more in store,” said Patrick Soderlund, Executive Vice President, EA Games Label. “It is thrilling to witness peoples’ reaction when seeing the game for the first time. It really makes you realize that we are at the beginning of a whole new era for gaming. As artists and craftspeople, we are focused on creating a dynamic, open design that brings people together with amazing, surprising unscripted moments that they’ll talk about for days. That’s the beauty of Battlefield.”
By pre-ordering Battlefield 4at any participating retail outlet, gamers will receive a Premium expansion pack at no additional cost*. DICE also announced today Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe, an Origin™ exclusive special edition that includes the base game and bonus in-game digital items. Players that pre-order Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe* on Origin will also receive the Premium expansion pack as well as access to the exclusive Battlefield 4 multiplayer beta.
Official screenshots leaked online yesterday before Battlefield 4′s official GDC reveal: