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Spring Update Coming May 26

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Hot (cold?) on the heels of the Winter Update, we are back once again with a huge Battlefield 4 update. We are definitely not done with providing more awesome content. As previously mentioned, there are 5 new weapons incoming as well as a full weapons balance pass and the return of the party mode “Gun Master”, and what would an update be without some netcode improvements? There is of course a lot more that you will have the chance to read about once we publish the patch notes, so stay tuned for that.

The Spring Update will be deployed on Tuesday, May 26 across all platforms with the following downtimes:

 

  • PC: Multiplayer will be offline for 1h starting 08.00 UTC / 1.00 AM PDT.
  • Xbox One: Multiplayer will be offline for 1h starting 09.00 UTC / 2.00 AM PDT.
  • Xbox 360: Multiplayer will be offline for 1h starting 10.00 UTC / 3.00 AM PDT.
  • PS4: Multiplayer will be offline for 1h starting 11.00 UTC / 4.00 AM PDT.
  • PS3: Multiplayer will be offline for 1h starting 12.00 UTC / 5.00 AM PDT.

 

Patch notes will be posted here once the Spring Update is live. Be sure to check back once maintenance is complete.

Thank you for your patience and see you on the Battlefield!

Zodiac Community Mission: Taurus

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Fighting our way through the 12 star signs, it’s time for another thrilling Zodiac Community Mission. Taurus is up, and we’ve prepared a challenge worthy of this destructive beast.

Your mission? We want you to individually destroy 5 vehicles on any game mode or map in Battlefield 4. Do this by any means possible – C4, well-placed RPG shots, other vehicles, or why not the Engineer Class’s handy Repair Tool (yes, it can be used for destruction as well).

This mission is active between May 19th, 9AM PT and May 26th, 2AM PT.

Track the progress of your Community Mission here. You can also see how you’re doing if you bring up Battlelog from your in-game menu – just check the “Missions” tab (PC, PS4, and Xbox One only).

If you make enough vehicles go boom we’ll reward you with something truly awesome: the Taurus Zodiac Dog Tag. Before the mission ends on May 26th at 2AM PT, make sure to claim this on the Community Mission page or in the Battlelog menu that you can access while you’re in the game.

Good luck with the bullfight – and if you haven’t heard you’ll also earn double XP between May 18th, 9AM PT and May 25th, 2AM PT. It’s a perfect time to jump into the Battlefield altogether.

THIS OFFER IS BEING ISSUED TO YOU FOR PROMOTIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A CREDIT, CHARGE, DEBIT OR GIFT CARD. REQUIRES BATTLEFIELD 4 (“PRODUCT”) ON APPLICABLE PLATFORM, INTERNET CONNECTION AND ORIGIN ACCOUNT TO PARTICIPATE AND ACCESS IN-GAME CONTENT. DOUBLE XP IS AUTOMATICALLY ENTITLED FROM MAY 18, 2015 AT 9AM PT THROUGH MAY 25, 2015 AT 2AM PT. PC PRODUCT REQUIRES ACCEPTANCE OF THE ORIGIN END USER AGREEMENT AND INSTALLATION OF THE ORIGIN CLIENT SOFTWARE (WWW.ORIGIN.COM/ABOUT). YOU MUST BE 13+ TO REGISTER. EA ONLINE PRIVACY AND COOKIE POLICY AND TERMS OF SERVICE ARE AVAILABLE AT WWW.EA.COM. SEE APPLICABLE END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT AND DISCLOSURES ON WWW.EA.COM/1/PRODUCT-EULAS. VALID WHEREVER BATTLEFIELD 4 IS OFFERED. MAY NOT BE COMBINED WITH ANY OTHER OFFER, GIFT CARD, REBATE OR DISCOUNT COUPON. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED, TAXED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW.

New Weapons and Gun Master Mode Coming in Spring Update

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DICE continues to constantly improve Battlefield 4 to make the best gaming experience possible. In the Spring Patch (releasing late May for all platforms), we’ve listened to your feedback and gave you what you wanted – more guns!

Five new weapons

Some of the weapons are old fan favorites, others are picked based on their unique gameplay aspects. These are the five new weapons:

New fan favorite Assault Rifle
Picked based on its unique burst gameplay and massive fan desirability

New Carbine
A unique bullpup carbine with built-in vertical grip

New PDW
A unique PDW with built-in silencer

New Sidearm
Unique long range “sniper” sidearm using magnum rounds

New LMG
Magazine fed LMG, which with the new weapons balance, plays in between a belt-fed LMG and an AR – your “run and gun” LMG

 

Full weapons balance pass

In the Spring Patch, we have also revamped the damage, falloff and suppression model. With this pass, we’ve touched every single weapon in the game – and how they play.

Our goal has been to create distinct roles for the weapon classes, and award skill of the player through increased recoil and by bringing back the 2-bullet headshot!

A representation of our new damage, falloff and suppression model in Spring Patch

If you are interested in more details on what has been changed in relation to weapons, please visit our Community Test Environment subreddit (Open Weapon Balance wikipage).

 

Return of Gun Master

Next up, we are bringing back Gun Master game mode – which gained its popularity in Battlefield 3: Close Quarters.

Gun Master is played like a Team Deathmatch game. The twist is that you don’t get to choose the weapons used. You swap weapons every time you get two consecutive kills on an opponent and whoever is the first player to get a kill with the final weapon wins!

The mode will contain the following five presets with at most 18 different weapons in each:

Standard
This setup contains rifles, machine guns, shotguns and pistols and ends with the M9 bayonet

Classic
Classic rifles, machine guns, shotguns and pistols ending with a M9 bayonet

Pistol
In this preset you can only use different kind of pistols, ending with the survival knife

DLC
This mode will let you play with DLC weapons – including the Phantom bow

Troll
Seeing how Gun Master is a “party mode”, we had to make a silly weapon list too! This one starts out with ballistic shields (as weapons) and it’s downhill from there

 

PC Stability & Netcode Updates

Lastly, we set out to significantly improve client stability on all platforms and have applied fixes for the most frequently occurring crashes on each.

For PC crashes, we used the Battlefield 4 Community Test Environment to confirm our fixes. We focused on crashes and issues with the game client and server – not crashes related to outdated graphics drivers.

We urge all players to update their graphics driver to the latest stable versions, keeping overclocking to a minimum for the best results with Spring Patch.

 

Patch Notes

For details on what exactly has been improved in the Spring Patch, we’ll publish the full patch notes closer to release.

 

We hope to see you back on the Battlefield.

David Sirland
Live Producer

ESL Spring 2015 Season Winners Crowned

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Eight teams from all around the world clashed at the ESL One Battlefield 4 Spring 2015 Season Global Finals in Cologne, Germany on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th of April. After two days of heated battles the dust settled and the champions were crowned.

Kings remain kings

For the fourth consecutive time in a row, Fnatic came out ahead and defeated their opponents, proving once again that they are truly the kings of Battlefield 4. The team managed to not only defeat all their opponents in convincing fashion but they did so without losing a single map during the entire tournament.

Contenders to the throne

In their first ever appearance at an ESL One event, the Brazilian Dexterity Team proved themselves to be one of the strongest teams in Battlefield 4. Their skill was displayed when they defeated top European teams and fought their way in to the grand finals. There, their story ended… for now. We are looking forward to what the Brazilian team will bring to the table at the next event.

1st Place – Fnatic
2nd Place – Dexterity Team
3rd/4th Place – Epsilon eSports, MeetYourMakers
5th/6th Place – SK Gaming, InFamous eSports

Mobile Commanders, You Served the Battle Well

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You’ve commanded the Battlefield from your sofa, the bus and sometimes in the most awkward of places with the Commander app for Battlefield 4. It’s been a fun ride watching and playing with you all from a bird’s eye view, adding team support wherever possible. But, the time has come and we have to inform you that on August 11th 2015, we will no longer continue our support of the Battlefield 4 Commander app on the iOS and Android platforms.

This is not an easy choice, but we believe the time is right to retire the mobile app as we’re seeing more of our Commanders playing on PC and console. This change means that you’ll no longer be able to download the app from Apple Store or Google Play starting today, April 28th. However, if you have the app downloaded already, you can continue to play it on mobile devices until August 11th. Additionally, this change does not affect in any way the in-game Commander mode experience. You will still be able to take the command and lead your team to victory on your PC and consoles!

We are committed to continuing the support of Battlefield 4 and as always, we wanted to say thanks to you, the community, for playing.

Highlights

Spring Update Coming May 26
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Zodiac Community Mission: Taurus
6 days ago 227 comments
ESL Spring 2015 Season Winners Crowned
3 weeks ago 134 comments
Battlefield™ 4 Battlesteal Contest
4 weeks ago 161 comments