Battlefield 4 Community Map Project Update
Improving Battlefield 4: The Winter Update
Squad Obliteration Community Mission
Fans of the explosive and frantic Obliteration mode can now try out an exciting new twist of the mode: Squad Obliteration. Added in the Winter Update, Squad Obliteration scales down the player count of the original mode to a 5 vs 5 size – making it perfect for competitive play.
We know that the Battlefield 4 community loves challenges, so in honor of this occasion we’ve prepped a Community Mission for you.
We want you to collectively score 1 billion points in Squad Obliteration.
This mission is active between March 4, 9 AM PST and March 9, 12 AM PST. If you reach the magic 1,000,000,000 you will receive a Gold Battlepack for your efforts.
So hit Squad Obliteration, play the objective – and go for the billion!
Battlefield 4 Community Map Project Update
A few weeks back, we kicked off one of our most ambitious undertakings yet: the Community Map Project. In this venture we will build a Battlefield 4 map together with you, the community, from concept to release.
The Road Towards Production
The project is currently in the concept phase, as illustrated below in the roadmap. To complete this first step, we need your help to decide on things like map location, setting and themes before we head into production of the map.
After launching this project we’ve received many great concepts, ideas and feedback. The level of contribution from you has us even more excited about this collaboration! Unsurprisingly, everyone’s idea of the perfect map is different, but by reading through and absorbing the CTE forums and Reddit posts, we’ve identified some clear trends.
Urban vs. Rural Settings
One of the most asked for settings could be summarized as “urban”. Urban – as in bigger cities and towns – is something that doesn’t fit within our High Level Framework.
The term “terrain based” used in the framework was meant to disqualify urban concepts and we want to clarify why.
Urban maps are rigid, expensive and performance heavy. This means we would have to spend much more time optimizing content instead of perfecting it for gameplay and balance. It also makes it much more difficult to have consistent and good destruction, purely based on performance and memory. An example of an “urban” map is Siege of Shanghai.
In contrast, a “terrain based map” (Golmud Railway is an example of one) is our internal way of describing a rural map, mainly featuring terrain and free-standing buildings. This type of map is immensely flexible and easy to work with, allowing us to make bigger changes faster and to iterate more on the map based on your feedback.
DICE LA team members analyzing a community poll in our Community Map filtering process.
Choose a High-Level Setting
The idea is to gradually narrow down the concept, going from a general to a more specific understanding of what the map will be. Through internal meetings, we’ve identified popular concepts, grouped them up, and ended up with this top three:
It’s time to make your voice heard in the first official community decision for this map! Hit the link below to access the poll and pick your favorite setting from our top three.
David Sirland, Producer
Thomas Andersson, Creative Director
Improving Battlefield 4: The Winter Update
DICE is committed to constantly improving Battlefield 4 to make your multiplayer experience as entertaining, intuitive, and reliable as possible. Based on great feedback from the community, the Winter Update is now here – filled with various improvements to Battlefield 4. Let’s dive right into the tweaks we’ve made.
Major improvements have been made to the Battlefield 4 network layer. Making the “Netcode” better allows for a more exact multiplayer experience for all participants, and this has been done in various ways. For instance, we’ve done long range network updates by adding a cone to the High Frequency Update (30hz), illustrated in the image below.
Other Netcode improvements we’ve done:
- Network prioritization and filtering has been improved. This now prioritizes health/damage, enemy players and vehicles above all.
- Vehicles now use a larger (front) hemi-sphere shape for collision improvements
- Aiming down sights, or zooming in sitting in a vehicle or on foot, utilizes an even longer range cone for better target acquisition at a distance
Required bandwidth close to cut in half: Players with less stellar network connections should get a significant improvement, now able to use the High Frequency Update.
Squad Obliteration game mode
We’re adding a new competitive game mode called Squad Obliteration with the Winter Patch. In this mode the fast paced, objective based gameplay of the original Obliteration is scaled down to 5 vs 5 size – balanced and perfected for competitive play. Here are the major differences from the original Obliteration mode:
Squad Obliteration/Obliteration differences
- No vehicles, no parachute spawns
- Secondary base spawns are made available
- First team to destroy two out of three bases wins the round
- Bomb carrier position is only known to the enemy team if spotted
We want it to be a smooth and intelligent affair to jump straight into a Battlefield 4 match using Quickmatch. That’s why we’ve added new presets and servers to enable you to play it your way. Here’s what we’ve added to Quickmatch.
- New player gating: New players can now matchmake into special servers until reaching rank 10, giving them a chance to learn playing Battlefield 4 against other new players.
- Ranked Preset support: Players now have the added option to Quickmatch into Ranked servers as an addition to the Official preset available in the past.
- Premium Playlists: Three new playlists are added catering to various play styles and including maps from all expansions and base game combined.
We believe these updates and changes will make Battlefield 4 even more enjoyable in multiplayer, and we’d like to thank you once again for suggesting these tweaks to us. Keep the feedback coming, whether it’s for these updates or anything else, and thanks for reading.
A Battlefield Hardline Reward to the Battlefield Veterans
Available starting March 17, Battlefield Hardline will definitely be a new and unique chapter in the long history of Battlefield games. Naturally, we’re thrilled about those who will make Battlefield Hardline their first Battlefield game. But we also feel we want to give you Battlefield veterans out there something special.
To show our appreciation to all you vets out there, we’ve prepared an exclusive “Veteran’s Pack” to any owners of Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Battlefield 3, or Battlefield 4 who decide to buy Battlefield Hardline.
The Veteran’s Pack includes:
- 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)
Redeeming is a cinch: if you own any of the three aforementioned games on any platform and have an Origin account, the Veteran’s Pack will be available automatically the first time you login to Battlefield Hardline. Should you register Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Battlefield 3, or Battlefield 4 after Battlefield Hardline, you’ll also get the Veteran’s Pack – simply log in to Battlefield Hardline again and it’ll be there.
Hats off to you veterans – and enjoy your Veteran’s Pack!
Note: Find full details of this offer below.
THIS OFFER IS BEING ISSUED TO YOU FOR PROMOTIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A CREDIT, CHARGE, DEBIT OR GIFT CARD. OFFER EXPIRES DECEMBER 31, 2015. GOOD ONLY FOR NEW PURCHASES OF BATTLEFIELD HARDLINE (“PRODUCT”) FROM THE ORIGIN STORE AT www.origin.com, THE ORIGIN CLIENT SOFTWARE (www.origin.com/about) AND PARTICIPATING RETAILERS. REQUIRES AN ORIGIN ACCOUNT AND REGISTRATION OF BATTLEFIELD: BAD COMPANY 2, BATTLEFIELD 3 OR BATTLEFIELD 4. VETERAN’S PACK WILL BE ENTITLED UPON LOGIN TO PRODUCT. VALID WHEREVER PRODUCT IS SOLD. OFFER MAY NOT BE SUBSTITUTED, EXCHANGED, SOLD OR REDEEMED FOR CASH OR OTHER GOODS OR SERVICES. 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. RETAILERS, DISTRIBUTORS AND EMPLOYEES OF ELECTRONIC ARTS INC. AND THEIR AGENCIES/AFFILIATES ARE NOT ELIGIBLE. LIMIT ONE OFFER PER PERSON. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED, TAXED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. SEE APPLICABLE END USER LICENSE AGREEMENTS AND DISCLOSURES ON http://www.ea.com/1/product-eulas.
America and Oceania take on Europe in the 2015 ESL Tournaments
After a magnitude of action-packed seasons in 2014, ESL can now announce that even more Oceanic and American Battlefield 4 is coming in 2015. What to expect? Elite gameplay, juicy prize pools and intense Domination matches – with some of the best Battlefield 4 players in the world.
America Continues the Fight
ESL One Battlefield 4 America will feature a total of three seasons in 2015, each with $6,500 of prize money per season – that means nearly $20,000 paid out during the year. At the end of each season, one team will rise from the destruction and claim a place in the Global Finals in Cologne, Germany. Here they will compete for a piece of €35,000 – not to mention the title of ESL One Battlefield 4 World Champions.
America Schedule (Domination Game mode):
- America Spring Season Cup 1 – March 1st 2015
- America Spring Season Cup 2 – March 8th 2015
- America Spring Season Cup 3 – March 15th 2015
- America Spring Season Cup 4 – March 22nd 2015
- America Spring Season Group Stage – March 28th 2015
- America Spring Season Finals – March 29th 2015
Oceania Takes on the World
Last year Oceania was involved in two of four ESL One Battlefield 4 seasons and we’re thrilled to see the region being represented in 2015.
For Oceania, the ESL One Battlefield 4 2015 Spring Season campaign will commence in the third week of February where a team will be crowned champions over the course of five weeks. They will then fly to Germany to compete against seven of the world’s best teams at the ESL One finals. Including travel support for the seasonal winners, a massive $54,000 AUD will be paid out in 2015.
All in all, it’s going to be a great year for competitive Battlefield 4 gaming. For more details on the tournaments and what to expect, hit the link below.
Oceania Schedule (Domination Game mode):
- Oceania Spring Season Cup 1 – March 1st 2015
- Oceania Spring Season Cup 2 – March 8th 2015
- Oceania Spring Season Group Stage – March 10th to March 24th 2015
- Oceania Spring Season Finals – March 28th and March 29th
Learn more about the ESL 2015 Tournaments. 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.