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All future Battlefield 4 content to be free

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Following on from my post in February this year on the future of Battlefield 4, it looks like Dice have kept their promise and have been busy working on a lot of new content for the game. Apart from the community map which has been in development since early this year, we are also expecting to get night maps, a few extra weapons, the upcoming Gunmaster game mode and some extra undisclosed content. This all sounds great but the big question being asked by the Battlefield 4 community is how much will this cost?

The wait is over and its now been confirmed by David Sirland, Producer at Dice LA, that all future content for the game will be free of charge to both Premium and non-Premium players. So with this in mind lets take a closer look at what we can look forward to?

The upcoming Spring patch will include the Gunmaster game mode and 5 new weapons, including the AN-94 assault rifle. The Night Maps update will include night versions of several maps, including Siege of Shanghai, Zavod 311, and Golmud Railway.

Finally, this Summer, DICE will release the brand new community map, which they have worked on since early this year. In addition to this map there is also talk of another map in the remake from a former Battlefield game, but what this is we don’t know as of yet. Further information on the up and coming releases can be found on Battlelog.

So again the future looks bright for existing Battlefield 4 players but what do you think about the option now to give all new content free to everyone, especially non-Premium members?

Let me know your thoughts?

Star Wars: Battlefront release date announced

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Seems that the eagle-eye’d NEO GAFer that brought the rumored release date for the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront game was spot-on (strong in this one, the force is) and the games release isn’t that far far away.

Today sees the announcement that EA is to indeed launch the upcoming Star Wars title in North America on the 17th, around parts of Europe on the 19th and then jolly UK on the 20th of November, 2015.

Battlefront see’s a collaboration between Lucas Arts and the award-winning Frost Bite engine which is said to “deliver an incredibly authentic and immersive interactive entertainment”. But, we’ll be the judges of that when the title blasts its way into stores later this year. But, If this trailer is anything to go by, we’re in for a treat!

Battlefield Hardline gets its first patch

Visceral have confirmed the full patch notes to Battlefield Hardline’s first title update, although there’s no confirmed date for when it will roll out.

The forum posting also mentions that some bugs have already been fixed but not noted in the list. Personally I’ll be sad to see the RPG ammo reduced… what? I like explosions!

Bug fixes:

  • Fixed a server crash in Rescue
  • Increased the character limit in the MapList to support up to 150 maps in a rotation
  • You can now set the time limit to 0 and it disables the time limit instead of instantly ending the
  • round in Blood Money
  • Various fixes for server crashes with rental servers (multiple issues addressed)
  • Fix for the timer in Conquest freezing when the user set the time limit higher than 800
  • Fix for MP squad join issue where after the squad leader gets disconnected, a new leader cannot kick members or disband
  • Fix for the patch awarded in released game for reaching Rank 10 in the Beta
  • Fix for Derailed Levolution where players were teleported to origin of Point B and killed in some circumstances
  • Fix for crash if the UI is disabled in the .cfg file
  • Fix for Bloodmoney exploit in HH where players could access the money pile through the floor/roof
  • Fix on XB1 for players using invite/join on friend after Quickmatching
  • Fix for the Uzi’s weapon license cost, setting it to the correct value of $50,000
  • Fix for X360 players being unable to invite friends while playing Rescue
  • Fix for a rare crash in the Customize screen
  • All platforms, miscellaneous low frequency crash fixes

Gameplay changes:

  • Conquest tickets increased (CQL 999, CQS 600)
  • Greatly decreased nearby bullet impact flinch; your aimpoint will not shift from rounds striking the environment near you
  • Fixed some issues with FLIR/IRNV
  • RPG reduced to 1 ammo from back of cars, with smaller explosion radius overall thus requiring more skill to use effectively
  • TDM friendzones have been adjusted for better spawning
  • Rescue / Crosshair exploit where players could skip the round start time by hitting START or ESC has been fixed
  • Couch health reduced and repair rate decreased to a miniscule amount, making the Couch the one-off it was intended
  • Player should no longer Quickmatch into servers with unsupported numbers of players
  • K10: Reduce max damage to 33 and min damage to 8
  • Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line with Cop faction DMRs
  • HCAR and HK51: reduce recoil to bring more in line with SCAR-H and SA-58
  • .410 Jury: Increase damage per pellet to become more effective
  • FMG-9: increase damage per round to 25 and push out falloff start range to make these weapons more effective
  • Battlerifle min damage increased to 25 across the board
  • AKM min damage reduced to 24

Battlefield Hardline drives by with a launch trailer

Payday 2 tried it, GTA online is about to try it but will Battlefield actually do it – ‘it’ of course being a successful cops and robbers game. Hardline has the Battlefield brand standing behind it, so I would certainly put EA’s title ahead of the pack.

Come March 20 we will see see just who is top dog, for now, check out the launch gameplay trailer.

 

Star Wars: Battlefront gameplay footage shown at GDC 2015

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Star Wars: Battlefront has been a very close kept secret with little or no information coming from either EA or Dice as to the content, story or gameplay. Up to now everything reported has been speculation, wants, hopes and dreams but this however has now changed.

At GDC 2015, a select few partners, were tucked up behind closed doors and shown brand new gameplay footage. The response, well according to Peter Moore (EA COO), was awesome and came with a standing ovation.

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So hopefully this is good news for all of us who eagerly await what could be one of the best FPS to come out this year. Now the question is when will the public get to see this footage? With E3 only a few months away this is the most likely time, but with more and more information being leaked about games you never know, it might be sooner than this.

Battlefield Hardline rewards veterans

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News has surfaced that veteran players of the Battlefield series will receive a special in-game pack when they buy Battlefield Hardline.

The “Veteran Pack” will be available to Hardline players who have played any of the following, Battlefield Bad Company 2, Battlefield 3 and Battlefield 4 and will contain;

  • One in-game Veteran’s Patch
  • One 200% Objective Boost (active for 30 minutes once activated)
  • One 200% Teamplay Boost (active for 30 minutes once activated)

To redeem this pack all you need is to have played one of the games above and hold an Origin account. The next time you then play Hardline the Veteran Pack will automatically become available to you.

Battlefield Hardline is due for release on March 17th.

Are you  happy with this or would you like to see something more for loyal veterans of the series?

The future of Battlefield 4

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At the end of last year Dice recapped on what an exciting year 2014 had been for Battlefield 4 and how 2015 would again hold some surprises. Two months into the year and Dice have now revealed what they meant.

Apart from the normal continued support of the game through tweaks, patches and weapon packs there is also talk of two larger content drops. What these might include we are still unsure about, but one of these could be related to the announcement that Dice want to build a playable map with its premium community.

Yes it’s true, Dice have announced that they want to build a playable map from the ground up using the community’s feedback in every aspect of the project phase. This is something that has never been done before by Dice and could be a way of getting all their premium members back together as one big happy family.

Once completed the map will then be available to all users as a free download. Further information can be found here.

There was also news of the coming Winter Patch that is due out in March.  This patch will focus mainly on netcode, soldier collision and a tweak to the very competitive Squad Obliteration mode.

So does this spark your interest, or has Battlefield 4 run its course and you are just twiddling your thumbs before Hardline comes out?

Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free for EA Access subscribers

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EA Access subscribers will be pleased to hear that EA has added even more content to its already bargain-filled service.

The subscription service already grants players free access to Battlefield 4 and its first batch of downloadable content but for a limited time only, players will be able to download the Second Assault pack free of charge.

You have from now until 28th February 2015 to grab the content which includes four new maps, five new achievements, five new weapons and two new vehicles to play around with.

So, what’re you waiting for EA Access subscribers? Get downloading!

Battlefield Hardline beta details revealed

Two maps and two modes. That’s what you can expect from the upcoming open beta for Battlefield Hardline. The beta will be available to all platforms and the Visceral team will be waiting to hear your feedback, which can be left over at the Battlefield forums.

Downtown and Dust Bowl are the maps. Hotwire and Conquest are the modes. Everyone should be familiar with the classic Battlefield Conquest mode where each team has a limited number of tickets that bleed out depending on how many capture points are held – the more points you hold, the slower your tickets will expire.

Hotwire on the other hand is the new mode that’s being flaunted as the classic cops and robbers chase with the OTT Battlefield destruction thrown in for good measure.

The best news is that there’s no level cap for the beta.

While it’s just a taste of the whole game, we want you to come in, take your jacket off, stay a while. There won’t be a cap on the max progression level so whether you’re busting criminals or fleeing the cops, unlock away.

We want you to play this beta to death. We need you to. This test is only going to make the game stronger, and help us take a look at ways we can ensure we deliver the most stable launch you deserve. We’ll see you on the streets of Battlefield Hardline soon.

Steve Papoutsis, Executive Producer for Battlefield Hardline