Battlefield 4 – Team Play, Classes, and Field Upgrades Detailed

In Battlefield 4 multiplayer, you play a specific role as a part of a team and if you can perform well together, you are rewarded.

Lead Multiplayer Designer Thomas “Tompen” Andersson writes in the latest Battlefield blog update, “The way we’re going about it in Battlefield 4 is to highly encourage team play – but never force it. We want to promote team play by creating great gameplay mechanics such as Field Upgrades, Commander Mode, and a new range of gadgets specifically designed to expand co-operation in the field.”

Like Battlefield 4, four kits – or classes – will be returning to the multiplayer: The Engineer, Recon, Support, and Assault. However, Andersson adds that “while keeping these core kits intact, we are increasing the ability for players to more strongly specialize their combat role while also increasing flexibility and catering to different play styles.”

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As for being rewarded for playing as a team, Andersson explained that the studio has “this new concept called Field Upgrades.” He said that, “if you’re a long term fan that played Battlefield 2142, you will already have an idea what these are, but we have tweaked them for Battlefield 4. In short, Field Upgrades are chained boosts that can affect a number of gameplay mechanics for your player. Similar to the specializations in Battlefield 3, these can for example provide you with faster sprint speed, stronger personal armor, or expanded ammo capacity.”

“The idea behind Field Upgrades is to give individual rewards for squad based team play performance. You earn them through squad scoring such as squad healing, completing objectives with your squad members, squad resupplies, squad repairs, and other squad actions. Instead of one single specialization like in Battlefield 3, you can now pick from different upgrades paths, each containing four specializations. Keep the squad alive, and you will move through the accumulative upgrade path. But watch out! If your entire squad is eliminated, you will lose some of your progress.”

According to Andersson, we’ll learn more about how the upgrade paths work next week, where we’ll also get a peek at some brand new specializations that the team is adding to Battlefield 4 multiplayer.

So, we want to ask you, what class are you most looking forward to playing in Battlefield 4? Or, do you like to mix it up often?

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