The EA Ghost team responsible for the excellent Need For Speed: Rivals have fallen on pretty hard times as of late. A lot of the staff are being let go due to financial troubles. However, some new information has come to light from this unpleasant news. Rumours have come from some pretty reputable sources within the company that Battlefield 5 is being developed by Visceral Games, the team behind the Dead Space franchise.
What this means is that the future of Need For Speed is up in the air. But light at the end of the tunnel as the so-called Battlefield 5, codenamed ‘Havana’ could be getting an entirely new makeover as a police themed shooter. There is not much else to fuel the fire that are these rumours, but the sources are reputable enough that this cannot be overlooked.
It should also be noted that listings for job roles such as UI Artist, VFX Artist, and Senior Environment Texture Artists for an ‘exciting new IP’ have appeared on the EA Careers page. Take from that what you will. A new Battlefield? Or something so much more?
Battlefield 4 is available to buy now on both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Thisisxbox previously reviewed EA’s latest entry in the blockbuster Battlefield franchise for the Xbox 360 which has an identical campaign story – and if you haven’t spotted it previously, we also covered the accompanying hardback titled: The Art of Battlefield 4, which will open your eyes to the artists viewpoint of the game using concepts and visual designs.
As Thisisxbox’s Sean McCarthy covered, the Single player campaign begins with a prologue mission that sees the player’s character known as Recker, appearing trapped in a vehicle under water with fellow squad members Irish, Pac and Dunn. Handed a pistol by Dunn (the squad leader who is trapped) the player must shoot out the window to enable the squad to swim to safety. With Irish protesting you must take aim at the window, and then following an onscreen RT prompt you fire and shatter the glass trigging a flashback to the first mission.
Successfully completing the prologue mission will set up the story which is told over the next six missions. Following an assassination attempt on Chinese president Jin Jie, Admiral Chang wants to use it to blame the US and trigger a War knowing that Russia will support Chang. As marshall law takes over China, you and fellow squad members Pac and Irish, forming Tombstone, are sent into Shanghai to rescue Chinese VIPs to help prevent the war.
Set in Baku, Azerbaijan, the opening mission following the prologue plays out the events which lead to being in the car underwater. In a nice introduction to the playing style of Battlefield 4, you are introduced to the rest of your squad as you must all escape Russian forces trying » Continue Reading.
Battlefield 4 has had its fair share of hiccups on both Xbox One and Xbox 360 since launch requiring a number of patches to correct the issues, (which is currently in-progress) but undeniably one of the key features that impress in Battlefield 4, are the striking visuals that hit you face on as soon as you start playing the game from the onset. To give you an understanding of the art direction and how this beautiful visual quality was developed from concept to reality – The Art of Battlefield 4, is available to buy now from Titan Books, and if you’re a fan of Battlefield, this really is a must have addition to accompany the game itself. You might not be a fan of books, or perhaps ever considered buying an art book before – but for the games that you love and enjoy, these art books do not only look great, but it showcases the work of the artists as well as give you some history on your favourite games.
Battlefield has been around for over a decade now, and after many years in the hands of DICE (previously known as Digital Illusions) they finally released a book full of concepts and explain how the first Battlefield game was based on the old PC title Codename Eagle, set to be more evolved and a bigger ambitious project. Thanks to that ambition and a dedicated team it paid off, and Battlefield 1942 was born; a title backed by EA that was way overdue in development time and was a do-or-die project for DICE at that time. Today, Battlefield is the closest competitor to Activision’s Call of Duty (the biggest FPS in the world) and is one of the biggest properties in entertainment for EA Games which started out » Continue Reading.
Battlefield 4 on Xbox One has been plagued with issues since its release, and players have had to wait quite some time for the title update to address them. But today the update lands on Xbox LIVE and has a long list of fixes that it will address:
Dec 19 Xbox One Game Update Notes -Reduced the probability of the “Kill trade” issue (see below for details). -Fixed a common crash that could occur during gameplay. -Fixed an issue that could corrupt save files in the single player campaign. -Fix for the game mode specific ribbons being counted twice in the multiplayer progression. -Fix for a graphical glitch that could appear on terrain. -Fix for the SUAV (introduced in the China Rising expansion pack) not exploding when hitting enemy soldiers. While these indeed should be deadly, they were never designed for “roadkilling” opponents. -Fix for an issue where 4x the damage from a vehicle’s minigun would be applied to the chest when a player had the Defense specialization equipped. -Servers that friends are playing on now have a higher priority in the server list. -Server Browser is no longer showing empty or full servers by default. -Balancing jet handling across all stealth and attack jet classes. -Fixed a bug in Defuse mode where defenders could win a round by killing all the attackers without disarming the bomb. If the attackers arm the bomb, the defenders need to disarm it to win, even if they have killed all the attackers. -Fix for a Defuse bug where none of the teams would win a round by letting the timer run out. -Fix for players getting stuck in the revive screen. -Fix for players getting stuck in the kill camera after being revived. Note that you might see a graphical » Continue Reading.
The ‘Official’ Battlefield forums have released information about an upcoming patch for Battlefield 4 on Xbox One. There is said to be a One-Shot Kill bug doing the rounds and a brief internet search shows freezing issues which will soon be fixed.
Just a quick note that we’re finalizing the upcoming Xbox One Game Update and aiming to have that live the week of Dec 2. We will share the patch notes for this update soon. The update will focus on stability and performance, and includes a fix for the so-called “one-shot kill bug”. Stay tuned for full patch notes.
Battlefield 4 was released on November 22nd for the Xbox One at launch and we will have our review published shortly.
Battlefield 4 is the latest chapter in the Battlefield series, published by EA and developed by DICE. Known for its grand scale MP game types and more emphasis on a more realistic combat gameplay then the more arcade style of other FPS franchises, Battlefield has always been an impressive FPS title to take online, but how does the Xbox 360 edition fair?
The Single player campaign begins with a prologue mission that sees the player’s character known as Recker, appearing trapped in a vehicle under water with fellow squad members Irish, Pac and Dunn. Handed a pistol by Dunn the squad leader who is trapped, the player must shoot out the window to enable the squad to swim to safety. With Irish protesting you must take aim at the window, and then following an onscreen RT prompt you fire and shatter the glass trigging a flashback to the first mission.
Set in Baku, Azerbaijan, the opening action plays out the events which lead to being in the car underwater. In a nice introduction to the playing style of Battlefield 4, as the player you are introduced to the rest of your squad as you all must escape Russian forces trying to prevent you from escaping with important intel. What strikes you is the size of the world in which the missions take place. Starting off inside an old school with no ammo, you are soon in an open fire fight across open land as you fight your way to the extraction point. The action is fast with up close battles and long range combat will keep the player on their toes. Nice set pieces will see helicopters play a part both in support as the player can spot enemy soldiers and call in the helicopter to take them » Continue Reading.
To mark the release of Battlefield 4 today on Xbox 360 and then on launch of Xbox One for next gen, tonight will see the epic battle for bragging rights between Team EU, led by Xbox UK’s Aceybongoes (Graeme Boyd) take on Team USA led by Major Nelson (Larry Hryb).
Both teams will feature 32 players as they take to Battlefield 4 Multiplayer on Xbox One. The showdown will also give first look at the Second Assault Expansion pack for BF4 which brings maps from Battlefield 3 across to the action.
The Showdown is being streamed live on Xbox LIVE Event Player from 18:00 PM GMT tonight so tune in to see which team will bring home the glory!
EA have released the Story trailer today for Battlefield 4 which features a dramatic character-driven campaign that starts with the evacuation of American VIPs from Shanghai and follows your squad’s struggle to find its way home.
Battlefield 4 is released for Xbox 360 on November 1st, it is also part of the game upgrade program for those lucky people picking up an Xbox One on November 22, details below:
Don’t wait to get into the action. You can buy the game on current-gen and benefit from up to three weeks of play time – time that can be used to rank up, giving you a competitive advantage on the next-gen battlefield. We respect the time you will invest in playing and don’t want you to lose all of your effort when you upgrade to next-gen. That is why we are making it easy to carry forward your multiplayer stats and your Battlefield 4 Premium membership. No more worrying about starting all over again. Your rank, score, K/D ratio, wins, time played, service stars, dog tags taken, vehicles destroyed, repairs, revives, squad score, accuracy and more will all transfer to next-gen consoles at launch.
Buy battlefield 4 on current-gen, upgrade later to next-gen for as low as £9.99.
So as the PR machines continue their mission to ensure all we do is think about Battlefield 4 over the coming days and weeks up to release, it seems Xbox Live’s Major Nelson and AceyBongos are in on the action too in a USA vs Europe, 32-person Squads in a Head-to-Head Battle.
The official press release looks like this:
Join us in the global, live streamed event, Battlefield 4™: Showdown Live Europe vs. USA on November 1 at 17.00 GMT, where two teams of 32-players will compete in an event in London. The Showdown will mark the debut of Battlefield 4 Second Assault, an expansion pack available at launch first on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft. Battlefield 4 Second Assault includes four fan-favourite Battlefield 3™ maps re-imagined with the power of Frostbite™ 3. Top-tier Battlefield players will be hand selected to represent their country as they battle it out on Xbox One.
Battlefield 4 will be available November 1 for the Xbox 360 and November 22 on Xbox One.
Battlefield 4 Second Assault is one of five expansion packs included in Battlefield 4 Premium, an exclusive membership for fans that provides a wealth of new content to keep the action going all year long for only £39.99. Battlefield 4 Second Assault will be available first on Xbox One.
Earlier today X360A posted the full list of Xbox360 Achievements for Battlefield 4. To remain spoiler free, I suggest you look away now. Battlefield 4 is set to be released on October 29th for Xbox 360 and is currently available to play as part of an early BETA via the Xbox Dashboard.
Storm bringer (25) – Obtain 20 000 points in the Singapore mission in the Campaign A one-man riot (25) – Obtain 11 000 points in the Shanghai mission in the Campaign Terror of the deep (25) – Obtain 11 000 points in the South China Sea mission in the Campaign Gladiator (25) – Obtain 12 000 points in the Kunlun Mountains mission in the Campaign Above and beyond the call (25) – Complete all Assignments in the Campaign Demolition man (25) – Obtain 15 000 points in the Tashgar mission in the Campaign Guardian of the fleet (25) – Obtain 6 000 points in the Suez mission in the Campaign Full arsenal (65) – Unlock all assignments and collectibles in the Campaign Fish (20) – Complete the Campaign on Easy Dunn’s pride (25) – Obtain 7,000 points in the Baku mission in the Campaign Braving the storm (20) – Complete the Singapore mission in the Campaign Wolves in sheep’s clothing (20) – Complete the Shanghai mission in the Campaign The fall of a Titan (20) – Complete the South China Sea mission in the Campaign Dead by dawn (20) – Complete the Kunlun Mountains mission in the Campaign Guns at dawn (20) – Complete the Suez mission in the Campaign Fishing in Baku (20) – Complete the Baku mission in the Campaign Antediluvian (20) – Complete the Tashgar mission in the Campaign It was on the way… (20) – Find 6 collectibles in the » Continue Reading.