Battlefield 4 – Fan Requested Features Recognized, Pacing Concerns Addressed and More Ways to Access Beta

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EA Community Manager Ian Tornay details some of the key featured the DICE team will be focusing on throughout the development of the recently announced Battlefield 4 and addresses concerns of the pacing of major Battlefield releases.

In case you haven’t heard, Battlefield 4 is official and there will be a beta for it next Fall (2013) with every pre-order of the limited or deluxe edition of Danger Close’s upcoming FPS title, Medal of Honor: Warfighter. This is not to say it will be the only way to gain access to the beta as Tornay also mentioned “there will be other ways to get into the beta aside from MoH Warfighter. At this time, however, it is the only way to guarantee entry.”

Other than these details, little is known about the next entry to the Battlefield series and we are not expecting to hear anything until this November or later, after the release of Warfighter, according to this Origin product page. (Later removed. Cached version below. Make of this what you will.)

If you’ve been able to catch any of the reaction to the official Battlefield 4 announcement, you’ll most likely have heard phrases like, “it’s way too soon!” A reaction that many gamers currently share. Tornay addresses these concerns via a recent Reddit post:

We’ve been seeing a lot of concerns about the pacing of release (i.e. “only” two years after BF3). I think it’s worth noting that DICE has released a Battlefield game every two years or sooner AND Mirror’s Edge at least every two years. I truly believe that we’re in one of the best positions to be creating our next title – Frostbite 2 has matured, we’ve been gathering fan feedback like crazy, Battlefield 3 continues to expand with features which we can learn from, and we’ve got more data about how people play than ever.

He also lists the key features that members of DICE “recognize that there is a serious desire for, including but not exclusive to”:

  • A better VOIP solution
  • Battle Recorder
  • Spectator Mode
  • More robust eSports support

What are your thoughts? Is Battlefield 4 arriving too soon? Are you happy to see these features being focused on this time around? Let us know in the comments below.

Base featured image by artist MuuseDesign.