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Battlefield 4 Community Map Project Update

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The Community Map Project has now reached the end of the Concept phase! We’d like to thank everyone who has influenced, voted, and spent time on this project so far.

Going into the Production phase, we will be updating this map regularly based on your feedback and how the map plays on the Battlefield 4 Community Test Environment (“CTE”). This is something that normally happens internally through lots and lots of playtests – and now you are part of this process!

 Community Map Project Roadmap – at the end of the concept phase, and going into production.

Our Concept

With your help, we have nailed down the Concept. The clear winner in the recent community poll was Concept C (check out the image below for the design). You can see the full poll results here: Open poll results

 

Concept C – The Winning Layout from Community Poll

The Scale Test

We’ve recently released the first playable version of the map on the CTE – as a scale test.

A scale test is the very first version of the map where we normally have the first playtest internally as a game team to test the Conquest map size, distances, and rough flag layout.

We will keep the map very sparse and basic to modify and iterate on – only keeping the bare necessities to be able to judge scale. The hope is to be able to quickly lock the scale so we can start adding details – mold & shape the map for our target gameplay.

In this initial release many objects and the terrain itself will be “gray-boxed”, meaning that we’ve replaced the textures of objects and terrain with a gray grid texture.

 

What feedback are we looking for?

In a scale test we are looking for feedback on scale and general map layout issues:

  • Does some part of the map feel off, too large or too small?
  • Is there a problem area you can already pinpoint that we should address?
  • Got a great idea for an area of the map?

We are not yet looking for feedback on things like the art (objects, structures, look of terrain, sky, lighting etc.), destruction, glitches, exploits, vehicle setup, cover, sightlines and the like. Everything in the map is subject to change and you will have ample time to feedback on those issues during production.

If you’ve got feedback, we’d love to hear it. Head to the CTE Forums and tell us what you think.

 

Building a map with the community

Normally when building a map, we do this kind of testing through internal playtests and reviews. The plan for this project is to try and emulate this process, with the community providing detailed feedback and getting access to early builds of the map.

This prospect makes us both excited and anxious as we realize this first version will not yet look or play well, but we hope you can see past all that and help us push the map towards something truly glorious in the end!

 

Going Into Production

In the upcoming production phase we will publish new versions of the map at regular intervals on the CTE – each release focused around something specific (like Scale in this release).

With this project, we are opening up at the earliest stage of map creation we possibly can to show what the process looks like and to enable you to make your ideas heard along the way. We’ve never done this before (we think this is the first time it’s been done anywhere!), which means we will learn a lot along the way on how to reach the very best results.

We will try to be as open as possible during all steps of the development process – and hope you’ll tag along for the full ride!

For more up-to-date information about the status of the project, visit our Reddit wiki page and, of course, the CTE Battlelog news blog.

 

See you on the Battlefield!

David & Tompen
DICE LA

Battlefield™ 4 Battlesteal Contest

Vincent0K 4 days ago 152
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Pulled off an amazing steal on the Battlefield? Pics or it didn’t happen!

Whether it be dog tags, tanks, or flags there are many moments in Battlefield 4 where you get to steal stuff from your enemies – and even your teammates. As part of the ongoing Battlefest, we are now challenging your inner kleptomaniac in the Battlefield 4 “Battlesteal” Contest.

With this Battlesteal theme in mind, capture a screenshot from Battlefield 4, send it to us, and we’ll select the best ones.

Submit your contribution by e-mailing an image file (3 MB maximum) to battlefieldsocial@ea.com, with “Battlefield 4 Battlesteal Contest” in the subject line and an acknowledgement in the email that you’ve read and accept the Official Contest rules – it can be as simple as “By entering this contest, I signify that I have read and accept the Battlefield 4 Battlesteal Contest Official Rules.”

The winners will each receive a copy of Battlefield Hardline for the platform of his or her choice. Stay tuned for the announcement of the winning submissions. Good luck!

Terms and conditions apply. Read the full official contest rules.

THE DEPICTION OF ANY WEAPON OR VEHICLE IN THIS GAME DOES NOT INDICATE AFFILIATION, SPONSORSHIP OR ENDORSEMENT BY ANY WEAPON OR VEHICLE MANUFACTURER.

A New ESL One Season: Who Will Be Crowned?

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The finals for the ESL One Battlefield 4 Spring 2015 Season are almost upon us. On the 18th and 19th of April, ESL will be hosting the LAN finals for the end of the first season of 2015 live at the ESL studios in Cologne.

 Dexterity Team.BF4 representing America

The best teams from around the world will gather in Cologne to fight it out against each other, with the victor to claim the title of ESL One Battlefield 4 Spring Champion and their share of the €35,000 prize pool. Eight teams have made their way through challenging qualifiers and group stages to compete at the finals – let’s take a look.

Fnatic fighting to hold onto Champion title

The reigning champions: Fnatic – Europe

Without a doubt the strongest team in Battlefield 4 history as well as the reigning champion, Fnatic, look to once again claim the trophy at the ESL One Battlefield 4 Spring finals. With excellent teamwork and individual skill, the team is a marvel to see at work as they demolish their opponents.

SK Gaming preparing for new season

The French connection: SK Gaming – Europe

Previously named GamersConnection, the French team grabbed a top four spot in the last two seasons. Going undefeated in their group stage, the team seems to be in great shape for the Spring finals.

MeetYourMakers aiming for a top spot

The veterans MeetYourMakers – Europe

As the first ever ESL One Battlefield 4 Champions, MeetYourMakers knows what it’s like to hold that trophy and are on the hunt for it again. The team has shown consistency throughout all ESL One Battlefield 4 seasons, taking top spots in them.

The bridesmaids: Epsilon eSports – Europe

Twice a bridesmaid but never a bride – yet. Epsilon has proved themselves as one of the strongest Battlefield 4 teams around, but against arch-rival Fnatic the team struggles and seems unable to defeat them.

The home crowd favorites: MhSV eSports – Europe

As one of the best German teams around, MhSV has made it to the season finals once again. Will they be able to show off their full potential this time or will they fall early on yet again? Perhaps the German crowd can help them out.

The not yet famous: InFamouS – Europe

As the second and lesser-known French team at the season finals, InFamouS looks to turn the tide in their favor and show off why they should hold the title of the best French team.

The army from down under: Legionnaires – Australia

Oceanic representers, Legionnaires, are always seen as underdogs but have always surprised. After an amazing performance at the ESL One Battlefield 4 Winter 2014 Season finals, many wonder if this is the season where they will reach the finals!

America’s hope: Dexterity Team.BF4 – America

The eighth and final team qualified for the ESL One Battlefield 4 Spring 2015 Season finals is the American team Dexterity Team.BF4. They are the first ever American team to participate in an ESL One Battlefield 4 Season final and will represent their region in the upcoming battles.

The team itself is quite new, only having formed a few months back, but their achievements are many. They’ve managed to secure first place in every tournament they’ve competed in barring one, the Battlefield Premier League. There the team took second after an intense match against Epsilon that came down the final and fifth map.

Don’t miss any of the action as these eight teams fight it out for glory! Tune in live on the 18th and 19th of April at http://www.esl-one.com/battlefield/spring-2015/channel/esltv-bf4/ or join us live at the ESL studios in Cologne, Germany!

For the latest news about ESL One Battlefield 4, be sure to follow ESL Battlefield on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ESLBattlefield or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ESLBattlefield.

The ESL One tournaments are organized and sponsored by Turtle Entertainment GmbH. Information on tournament rules and setup can be found on Battlefield.ESL.eu and ESL-one.com/Battlefield.

Battlefield 4 Community Map Project Update

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The Battlefield 4 Community Map is soon in production! Thanks to your help and input, we are nearing the end of the concept phase. However, before we start building the map with you on the CTE we need your vote on one final aspect – choosing a Map Concept.

Community Map Project Roadmap – this poll result marks the end of the concept phase.

Based on the latest poll results and our high level framework we have created three distinct concept options for our Jungle map for you to vote on.

PICKING A CONCEPT FOR THE COMMUNITY MAP

The idea with having three concept options is to incorporate the previous poll results and ideas, while still maintaining three distinctly different map layouts and settings.

We chose to focus each of the concepts around one of the top 5 Points of Interests, and of course they all include a waterfall – after all, this was the top rated Point of Interest!

GUIDE US IN DEVELOPMENT

Just to clarify – the picked concept will be used to guide our development and to help us lock down what type of art resources and objects we need. It does not mean we can’t change things if we realize something doesn’t work out or just plays badly when testing it in the production phase.

The vote will however guide us in what type of map will be made – and the end result should feel similar to what you pick here!

So make your voice heard – take the poll:
Community Map Project Concept Poll

David & Tompen
DICE LA

Easter Sale: Up to 50% Off on Battlepacks and Select Shortcut Kits

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Battlepacks and Shortcut Kits are great ways to make up for lost time in Battlefield 4. Battlepacks contain XP boosts, camos, knives and other in-game items. Shortcut Kits will let you unlock all the weapons of a specific variety such as grenades or assault rifles – ideal if you don’t want to spend time unlocking them in-game.

Now, you can get up to 50% off on Battlepacks and select Shortcut Kits in our Easter Sale. Restrictions and conditions apply. Check your specific gaming platform for details on the offers. Note that some variations on content and start/end times apply.

EASTER SALE DISCLAIMERS

Microsoft:

THIS OFFER IS BEING ISSUED TO YOU FOR PROMOTIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A CREDIT, CHARGE, DEBIT OR GIFT CARD. OFFER IS VALID FROM MARCH 31, 2015 AT 10AM PST THROUGH APRIL 6, 2015 AT 11.59PM PST. VALID FOR NEW PURCHASES OF BATTLEFIELD 4 BATTLEPACKS AND SHORTCUT KITS (“PRODUCTS”) WITH A LIST PRICE EACH OF US $9.99 OR MORE FROM THE XBOX LIVE STORE AT WWW.XBOX.COM.  VALUE OF DISCOUNT WILL BE DEDUCTED FROM PRODUCT LIST PRICE AT TIME OF PURCHASE.  XBOX LIVE GOLD MEMBERS WILL RECEIVE 50% DISCOUNT OFF THE PRODUCT LIST PRICE.  XBOX LIVE MEMBERS WILL RECEIVE 40% DISCOUNT OFF THE PRODUCT LIST PRICE. VALID WORLDWIDE. MAY NOT BE COMBINED WITH ANY OTHER PROMOTIONAL OR DISCOUNT OFFER, UNLESS EXPRESSLY AUTHORIZED BY EA; MAY NOT BE COMBINED WITH ANY PREPAID CARD REDEEMABLE FOR THE APPLICABLE CONTENT.  OFFER MAY NOT BE SUBSTITUTED, EXCHANGED, SOLD OR REDEEMED FOR CASH OR OTHER GOODS OR SERVICES. CUSTOMERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR APPLICABLE SALES TAX. RETAILERS, DISTRIBUTORS AND EMPLOYEES OF ELECTRONIC ARTS INC. AND THEIR AGENCIES/AFFILIATES ARE NOT ELIGIBLE. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED, TAXED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW.

 

Sony SCEE:

THIS OFFER IS BEING ISSUED TO YOU FOR PROMOTIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A CREDIT, CHARGE, DEBIT OR GIFT CARD. OFFER IS VALID FROM APRIL 1, 2015 AT 12AM GMT THROUGH  APRIL 15, 2015 AT 11.59PM GMT. VALID FOR NEW PURCHASES OF BATTLEFIELD 4 BATTLEPACKS AND SHORTCUT KITS (“PRODUCTS”) FROM THE PLAYSTATION STORE AT WWW. SONYENTERTAINMENTNETWORK.COM. VALUE OF DISCOUNT WILL BE DEDUCTED FROM PRODUCT LIST PRICE AT TIME OF PURCHASE.  VALID ONLY IN EUROPE. MAY NOT BE COMBINED WITH ANY OTHER PROMOTIONAL OR DISCOUNT OFFER, UNLESS EXPRESSLY AUTHORIZED BY EA; MAY NOT BE COMBINED WITH ANY PREPAID CARD REDEEMABLE FOR THE APPLICABLE CONTENT.  OFFER MAY NOT BE SUBSTITUTED, EXCHANGED, SOLD OR REDEEMED FOR CASH OR OTHER GOODS OR SERVICES. CUSTOMERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR APPLICABLE SALES TAX. RETAILERS, DISTRIBUTORS AND EMPLOYEES OF ELECTRONIC ARTS INC. AND THEIR AGENCIES/AFFILIATES ARE NOT ELIGIBLE. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED, TAXED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW.

 

Sony SCEA:

THIS OFFER IS BEING ISSUED TO YOU FOR PROMOTIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A CREDIT, CHARGE, DEBIT OR GIFT CARD. OFFER IS VALID FROM MARCH 31, 2015 AT 12PM PST THROUGH APRIL 7, 2015 AT 12PM PST. VALID FOR NEW PURCHASES OF BATTLEFIELD 4 BATTLEPACKS AND SHORTCUT KITS (“PRODUCTS”) FROM THE PLAYSTATION STORE AT WWW. SONYENTERTAINMENTNETWORK.COM. VALUE OF DISCOUNT WILL BE DEDUCTED FROM PRODUCT LIST PRICE AT TIME OF PURCHASE.  VALID IN THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, MEXICO, CHILE, ARGENTINA, BRAZIL, PERU AND COLOMBIA.  MAY NOT BE COMBINED WITH ANY OTHER PROMOTIONAL OR DISCOUNT OFFER, UNLESS EXPRESSLY AUTHORIZED BY EA; MAY NOT BE COMBINED WITH ANY PREPAID CARD REDEEMABLE FOR THE APPLICABLE CONTENT.  OFFER MAY NOT BE SUBSTITUTED, EXCHANGED, SOLD OR REDEEMED FOR CASH OR OTHER GOODS OR SERVICES. CUSTOMERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR APPLICABLE SALES TAX. RETAILERS, DISTRIBUTORS AND EMPLOYEES OF ELECTRONIC ARTS INC. AND THEIR AGENCIES/AFFILIATES ARE NOT ELIGIBLE. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED, TAXED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW.

 

Origin:

THIS OFFER IS BEING ISSUED TO YOU FOR PROMOTIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A CREDIT, CHARGE, DEBIT OR GIFT CARD. OFFER IS VALID FROM APRIL 2, 2015 AT 10AM PST THROUGH APRIL 9, 2015 AT 10PM PST.  VALID FOR NEW PURCHASES OF BATTLEFIELD 4 BATTLEPACKS AND SHORTCUT KITS (“PRODUCTS”) FROM THE ORIGIN STORE AT www.origin.com AND THE ORIGIN CLIENT SOFTWARE (www.origin.com/about). VALUE OF DISCOUNT WILL BE DEDUCTED FROM PRODUCT LIST PRICE AT TIME OF PURCHASE.  VALID WORLDWIDE. MAY NOT BE COMBINED WITH ANY OTHER PROMOTIONAL OR DISCOUNT OFFER, UNLESS EXPRESSLY AUTHORIZED BY EA; MAY NOT BE COMBINED WITH ANY PREPAID CARD REDEEMABLE FOR THE APPLICABLE CONTENT.  OFFER MAY NOT BE SUBSTITUTED, EXCHANGED, SOLD OR REDEEMED FOR CASH OR OTHER GOODS OR SERVICES. CUSTOMERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR APPLICABLE SALES TAX. RETAILERS, DISTRIBUTORS AND EMPLOYEES OF ELECTRONIC ARTS INC. AND THEIR AGENCIES/AFFILIATES ARE NOT ELIGIBLE. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED, TAXED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW.

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