Battlefield 4 Naval Strike DLC Detailed, Titan Mode Returns, Second Assault Drops Feb. 18

New details for Battlefield 4’s Naval Strike multiplayer expansion emerge as we learn the official launch date for Second Assault on the PC, Xbox 360, PS3 and PS4.

First, in a recent blog update, developer DICE has confirmed that Second Assault will be coming to the PC, Xbox 360, PS3, and PS4 on February 18 first for Battlefield 4 Premium subscribers, two weeks later for non-Premium subscribers. This falls in line with previous rumors of the expansion’s release date.

Second Assault reintroduces four fan-favorite Battlefield 3 maps; Operation Métro, Operation Firestorm, Caspian Border, and Gulf of Oman.

Moving on, Battlefield’s official website has a fresh batch of details on the game’s third multiplayer expansion, the water combat-based Naval Strike.

According to official info, “Battlefield 4 Naval Strike takes the intense and dramatic water-based combat introduced in Battlefield 4 to four all-new maps set in the South China Sea.”

“Blow open a crashed passenger plane and capture fishing villages across the tropical Lost Islands. Drop a submarine on your foes as you infiltrate a naval base or rush between shipping docks and rocky islands on the massive Wave Breaker map. Wage war across stormy seas in the largest ocean stretch in a Battlefield map yet with Nansha Strike. Storm an abandoned cliff-side resort, or get lost in the breathtaking vistas in Operation Mortar.”

Most exciting is that Naval Strike will offer up a fan-favorite game mode originally introduced in Battlefield 2142 called Titan Mode, only in Naval Strike, it is reintroduced Carrier Assault. Check out the full list of key features below:

KEY FEATURES

  • 4 all-new multiplayer maps set in the South China Sea
    • Lost Islands
    • Nansha Strike
    • Wave Breaker
    • Operation Mortar
  • 5 weapons all-new to Battlefield 4
  • Introducing the amphibious hovercraft vehicle
  • 2 additional gadgets
    • 3GL (3 grenade launcher) attachment for the Assault class
    • Anti-Heli Mine; an aircraft disabling projectile for the Engineer class
  • Carrier Assault game mode which is a re-imagining of the classic Battlefield 2142 Titan Mode
  • 10 new assignments with unlocks for each

No launch date was given for the new expansion.

UPDATE: Take it with a grain of salt, but according to one user’s Battlelog, Naval Strike is set to launch on March 30. If anything, it make indicate that Naval Strike is on course for a late March launch.

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Excited for more war at sea with Naval Strike? Were you a big fan of Battlefield 2142’s Titan Mode?

Thanks, Ben Read, Katana67, and 2o1 GaminG

  • dieger

    “Titan mode returns” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIomZQyymAY

    Screw second assault!

    • Energize

      I’ve never played Titan mode before, can you explain it to me?

    • NinoBr0wn

      My thoughts exactly.

    • VEX_VEHIX

      I don’t know, I’m excited to play the old maps again, besides Metro. Lol

  • dieger

    “Anti-Heli Mine; an aircraft disabling projectile for the Engineer class” oh boy i can feel i hate now…

    • VEX_VEHIX

      There are far too many anti-air weapons as is, why not add another…..

      • Yevgenij Pekurovskyy

        Why not just add below radar… Problem solved

        • VEX_VEHIX

          AGREED!

        • zacflame

          Because if it flies, it’s OP.
          Back in my day, you used to be able to get shot in the gizzard!

        • Katana67

          DICE is racist against aircraft.

    • Katana67

      They really are messed up… I don’t even… what?

    • Storm_Worm5364

      The Anti-Heli Mine only works with a 100m radius. From what I’ve seen and researched.

      • Katana67

        So, for one, it won’t have “realistic” properties. Two, if it does only work within 100m that’s a HUGE RANGE for Battlefield. Most engagements take place inside of 50m. 100m encompasses the majority of helicopter engagements as well, they’re effing CAS aircraft. They have to be low to the ground to engage targets.

        • Storm_Worm5364

          Huge range??? 100m is nothing. “Most engagements take place inside of 50m”? You can’t stick a mine to an heli and fly around with it. And you’re not supposed to fly the helicopter above 100m. It’s an air vehicle. If you get killed with a anti-heli mine, it’s kind of your fault. And this is a way to stop air vehicles just mowing infantry, which happens most of the times. And it’s a disabled, not a 1 hit kill.

          • Katana67

            In BF, 100m is the maximum dropoff for damage of small-arms. So yes, it is. The majority of engagements happen WITHIN 50-100m. They just do. Hence why you get a special ribbon for bagging someone in the head from a whopping 250m (gasp).

            “And you’re not supposed to fly the helicopter above 100m”

            What? This aids my argument… Perhaps you meant something else.

            Disabled = Crashing = OHK. Killing isn’t as important as knocking the aircraft out of the fight, which is what this does. In one hit. By one infantryman, who is therefore as powerful as an attack helicopter.

            If I get killed with ANYTHING it’s “kind of my own fault”, but that doesn’t mean that that inclusion is therefore beneficial to the overall game. The point here is that DICE constantly screws aircraft. Infantry SHOULD be fearing aircraft, they shouldn’t be “*yawn* Let me whip out my Stinger/MAA/Heli Mine and one-hit this moron in the chopper”.

            Aircraft mowing down infantry? In BF4? Absolutely laughable. When? When do they get the chance? Any individual infantryman gets FIVE insta-lock, insta-reload, Stingers. Not to mention that there are other aircraft with smackdown/uncounterable Active Radar missiles, insanely powerful MAA, automated fixed AA, and unguided ground fire to worry about. I have NEVER, in some 200h of play ever seen an attack helicopter “dominate” by any stretch of the imagination.

            • Storm_Worm5364

              I said above? SHIT, I MEANT BELOW! And I don’t think that in real life Infantry fears Helicopters when they have Anti-Air missiles. Helicopters are an easier target and they would probably be destroyed before they could kill “someone”, since they’re up above, and the infantry is “hiding” on land. In real life when you launch your flares after the missile/projective is launch agaisnt you, you’re most likely fucked. Have you ever played BC2? Or BF2? When Battlefield wasn’t “mainstream” it had way more sense. Yesterday I hoped into BC2 as an engi. Shot a guy out of the sky with one M136 AT4/M136 CS missile. Then it all came back to me. Battlefield became mainstream and had to make people more confortable. I was happy how things were before Battlefield became mainstream. I still enjoy Battlefield very much, but before the game was way more autentic (AKA realistic), and made people work more as a team. Now you can just mow down people if you’re good enough with air vehicles. I mean, you have to shoot 2 times with a tank to destroy a heli. That’s just straight out bullshit. I understand what you’re saying. But when I hop into one scout, I always kill AT LEAST 5-10 people before I get shot down.

    • Oblivion_Lost667

      How does even Anti-Heli mine?

      • Hot-Wire

        Its a mine that shoots shrapnel upwards when it detects rotor spins. It’s for heli pilots who like to swing around low to the ground.

        • Hot-Wire

          Now that i think of it. Its gonna suck for whoever decides to stand on top of them lol.

  • MegaMan3k

    Maps sound awesome.

  • Jamie Marques

    :’D

  • Alexuppermost

    Being a BF2142 fan to death, that makes me jump with glee
    but of course we’ll only see it on these 4 maps. Which will be a shame. I hope it brings the same excitement and fun the original titan mode had. If so it might be the saving grace for BF4 to me.
    also, inb4 all the new kids excited over “never before heard of” gamemode. They really need to make a sequel to 2142 already.

    • Yevgenij Pekurovskyy

      I dont think its gonna be the same. You probably wont have to capture silos and break titans shield in bf4

      • Hol_Up

        You just might. Island hop between the carriers, capture missile silos that launch rockets at the carriers that sail around the islands and when enough rockets hit the ship, the bay flies open and you can board.

  • phanta_rei

    Please DICE don’t recycle old guns like you did in china rising and second assault.

  • Yevgenij Pekurovskyy

    What’s amphibious hovercraft vehicle does anyone have a clue?

    • http://www.facebook.com/datkidfromawendaw Clay Johnson

      Probably a fan powered watercraft that handles like a dog on ice

    • Jerry Kehr

      I’m guessing its one of those vehicles that can travel on land and water.

  • Guest

    Naval Strike sounded kinda weak, well this was my first impression, now after reading the description I’m jumping on the hype train! OMG titan mode and a hovercraft.

    http://reactiongifs.com/?p=18238

  • Tank Buster
  • Michael D. Harrison

    “Drop a submarine on your foes”.. I wonder if this is like the AC-130 where its automated?

    • Wrathchildx666x

      I think it’s just hanging by a crane and you shoot something to make it fall and crush whoever is under it

  • oofy

    Titan mode? A lot of old school Bf players will be pleased.

    • potatolol

      lol nope.Most of vets has given up or didnt bought the game in the first place.There is nothing that can save this game anymore.

      • Nikolai Gman

        Aye, here, here. Playing Battlefield since 1942, until 2014 sadly brought about a c-c-c-combo breaker. Called Titan Mode for Naval Strike when EA released those surveys a year ago, asking what names sounded cool for DLC; such as “Steel Titans”. Kinda gave it away like a sixteen year old at an adoption centre.

  • SamRock

    Wow.. this might convince me to upgrade to Premium. But now yet!
    Will wait for more info, trailer, screenshots 😀

    (sorry Hard lesson learnt from BF3 Premium Rush… still hate the AK DLC that noone plays anymore)

    • Just saying

      Armored Shield is full on PS3.

      • SamRock

        LOL seriously?? With32 players?? That’s surprising

        • Just saying

          32 players?! you know PS3 support 24 players, right? Anyway, I love this map because I’m mostly an attack heli player and this specific map layout is so cool for some good heli kills.

          • SamRock

            I totally forgot that…with all the new stuff going on. Are u able to find anyone to kill? I sure all 12 players will have their own vehicle

            • Just saying

              I do actually, I don’t know how but I always finish between 20 to 50 kills on it but on PC, I bet you can get more.

            • SamRock

              No on PC there are too many players with Stinger locked on you 😀

  • Katana67

    I do have to admit, Naval Strike sounds pretty badass.

    Save for the Anti-Heli Mine. How much pot are they smoking? Honestly…

    As if aircraft weren’t delicate little teacups already with other aircraft, MANPADs, unguided rockets, MAA, fixed AA, tanks, and Active Missiles running against them.

    DICE, why do you hate aircraft so much? Why do you want them to be ineffective? Please respond.

    • VEX_VEHIX

      Exactly, why waste the time and resources to design helicopters, only to have them be flying coffins?

      Maybe if choppers are removed all together in the next BF installment, they may have time to actually release a finished, bullshit free product.

      One can only pray.

    • Oblivion_Lost667

      I’m actually surprised, I’m pretty excited for the new game mode, even if the game still has issues. Lets hope they balance the aircraft properly before this comes out, but even then… Anti-heli mines? How does that even fit in?

    • Bruno Espirito Santo

      I used to love jumping to the Attack Heli on BF3. Now its just plain useless… :S
      If i’m more usefull too my team on the ground why would i bother use the heli?

      • B0bbyJ03

        totally agree. flying choppers was the best in BF3, now i don’t even bother anymore.

  • KennyKyle

    helicopters are useless now.

    • VEX_VEHIX

      Actually, the Heli downfall started in BF3, due to community whiners.

      • Katana67

        To be fair, they were pretty rough in BC2 (with death spiraling and easily campable AA turrets). Which, ironically, they’ve brought back “death spiraling” by making helicopters caveman simple to fly.

        However, DICE failed to realize that BY ADDING JETS (i.e. having the attack helicopter no longer be the apex predator in the air) they didn’t really have to add the overwhelming AA that they did. The reason why helicopters were a bit much in BC2 was that they had no reasonable opponent.

        Helicopters are not the only aircraft flying around anymore, as they were in BC2 which drew most of the criticism.

        The individual infantryman should NEVER be able to spec himself via a kit to bring down aircraft (other than through unguided AT rockets, which ACTUALLY require skill to land and ACTUALLY punish low-flying loitering helicopters). Ever. Sure, if you hop in a dedicated AA turret, that’s fair. You’re using a fixed resource to take out another fixed resource with some aiming involved. Not an infinitely reloading insta-lock toilet paper roll.

        MAA is there… for a reason.

        Jets are there… for a reason.

        Other helicopters are there… for a reason.

        I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.

        If there was an anti-TANK rocket that locked on instantly, reloaded instantly, disabled in one hit without a SOFLAM laze and was able to be selected upon spawning… people would be singing a VERY different tune.

        • VEX_VEHIX

          Well said. I agree.

  • http://Www.pselectronicsrepair.com/ Lrishjake
    • VEX_VEHIX

      “It smells like sex in here”. Lol

  • Shah Hawk

    According to battlelog blog, Battlefield 4 Naval Strike, launching in late March for Battlefield 4 Premium members.

    • Aria68

      Yupe, it’s pretty soon. Im so Glad!

  • Yevgenij Pekurovskyy
    • Aria68

      HOLY SWEET JESUS! what kinda Hovercraft is this!!! This is Ginormous, i don’t think the Hovercraft we’ll be seeing will be as big! i think it’ll be something alot smaller! much smaller version!

  • James K

    Finally, Titan-like mode came to life. I hope DICE pull this off flawlessly.

  • VEX_VEHIX

    I can’t wait to see BFF make an “Air Mine” episode. Lol

  • mechcell

    For peoples who not know what is 3GL. 3GL is a lot like M203 but using metal storm system. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IP_GTx4o134

    • MeisseN

      Far Cry 3 <333

      • mechcell

        Wrong grenade launcher.

        • MeisseN

          Yeah I know right FC3 features GL-94 (GM-94 in real world) but anyways it made me think of that game lol

    • jj16802

      Kinda reminds me of the under-barrel grenade launcher from the movie Aliens, without the pump action though.

    • Aria68

      Before i watch this video, i was like YAY 3GL … but after watching im like YNAAY, i mean this in Metro or Locker … it’s just a bad idea.

  • mechcell
    • VEX_VEHIX

      Yea, really annoying

    • WebWeaver40

      notice they also said that that IGLAs are ineffective below 100 m.. Add the ineffectiveness to IGLAs at close range, and I’m okay with a mine.

    • Katana67

      Real =/= Good for the game. Hence why Thermal IR on tanks is silly and STAFF Shell is OP. They’ve just jumped on “modern warfare” so hard that they haven’t stopped to think that this stuff (in real life) is DESIGNED to be unfair.

      • mechcell

        You know that STAFF Shell is not real.

        • Katana67

          Top-attack guided munitions aren’t real? The Javelin would beg to differ. That and I’m fairly sure I’ve read about an in-development guided Abrams round.

          Either way, I was referencing their adherence to the tenets of “modern warfare” (i.e. lock-on, guided, IR, etc.) not ONLY their realism.

      • Bruno Espirito Santo

        Next weppon addons will be Sarin Gas and Nukes! 😛

    • Oblivion_Lost667

      The commentator’s voice/way of talking about it makes me laugh a bit.

  • Swisher Sweets

    Anti Heli Mine: yeah just what the game needed more lock on bs.

  • Aria68

    Amazing stuff !!! but i also can’t wait to play second assault!

  • MeisseN

    Every time when DICE announces something people get freaking retardly excited and when they finally get their hands on… lol wait for the hate and ranting.

    “Blow open a crashed passenger plane and capture fishing villages across the tropical Lost Islands. Drop a submarine on your foes as you infiltrate a naval base or rush between shipping docks and rocky islands on the massive Wave Breaker map. Wage war across stormy seas in the largest ocean stretch in a Battlefield map yet with Nansha Strike. Storm an abandoned cliff-side resort, or get lost in the breathtaking vistas in Operation Mortar.”

    Aside from all that, trade kills with your opponent or get one-shotted 24/7 on all the maps available at no additional cost! No thanks, we at DICE know that everyone wants that one kill to boost their KD and EXP so here you go you both get killed and +1 kill for all of you, enjoy!

  • jj16802

    Now this makes me want to get Premium… I’m glad Titan mode is making a comeback! Loved that mode to death. :)

    Now they need to bring back Tank Superiority, but a modified version that spawns everyone into tanks.

  • Hates bad writers.

    Well I guess they think their shit heap is playable enough, back on to DLC.

  • TriPpKinGs

    This game works fine on Xbox One…

  • no

    Will it work?

  • Collision

    FUCK THIS : “hovercraft vehicle”

    • Yevgenij Pekurovskyy

      There gonna be more naval vehicles, look at naval strike teaser image. It shows attack ships near aircraft carrier

      • Collision

        Everything is just good except for the hovershit thingy that is unrealistic.

        • Yevgenij Pekurovskyy

          We had it in bf3 kharg island rush. Its useful, it transpoerts land vehicles from one island to another

          • Collision

            I’m talking about the one hovering in the air like in BF 2142

            • Yevgenij Pekurovskyy

              You dont understand what “hovercraft” is dont you?

      • Katana67

        Well, I wouldn’t take the cover art at face value. There was a UH-60 on some of the cover art for BF3, and a DD railed M4 on the cover itself. None of which were present in the game.

  • roland0811

    Too little, too late for my friends and I. Grew tired of waiting for them to fix this game long ago. They never fixed or finished BF3 so I’m pretty sure BF4 will suffer the same fate.

  • Warren Lucas

    I dont think titan mode is going to work well with bf4, there is just way to much shit in bf4 compared to bf 2142. but we will see

  • Yevgenij Pekurovskyy

    This is the only expansion i’ll be getting. The netcode in the game is fucked it makes shooting absolutely random, cant take this bullshit anymore. All these developers want to move to next gen yet they fuck up basic fps mechanics. Unbelievable

  • thatoneguy

    Oh it’s going to be a fun week, new BF4 dlc, and Diablo 3 ROS :)

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