It’s clear that Battlefield 4 developers DICE love their weapons – their in-game weapons, of course.
Developer “SlyOkapi” recently took to the latest Battlefield Blog to explain how the team be providing all players “extreme customization option” for their favorite weapons, which there happens to be a ton of.
“This time around, we have more than tripled the number of available accessories and increased the number of available slots where you can install them,” states the latest blog entry. “Coupled with the amount of available weapons in the game, the number of potential combinations of weapons and accessories is nothing short of astronomical.”
Let’s see some of the new ways DICE will let you mess around with your weapon in Battlefield 4!
Visual Weapon Stats
Missing from Battlefield 3 was a visual representation of how different attachments affected your weapon. Players were left with a short description, but Battlefield 4 is doing things a little bit differently and will show you exactly how attachments affect specific weapon stats like recoil or accuracy.
“With this depth of customization, it’s a good thing we’ve greatly enhanced the feedback to players on exactly how each accessory affects the weapon’s in-game performance,” writes DICE. “Browsing through the accessories, you’ll notice a handy visual guide on the right part of your screen. Here, weapon stats such as damage, accuracy, hip fire accuracy, range, and stability are displayed in easy to read bars – so you can immediately gauge what effect equipping a certain accessory has. Slap on the Laser Sight, for instance, and you’ll see the hip fire (accuracy) bar go up. Attach an Angled Grip on a rifle and you’ll notice an increase in the weapon’s stability. This interface is designed to encourage experimentation and make your Battlefield 4 experience even more rewarding.”
You may have seen this list of weapon camoflauge patterns we posted earlier. Reconfirming what we saw in that video, DICE writes that camoflauge types like Autumn, Desert, Naval, Snow, Urban and Woodland will each have 16 different patterns to choose from. If you’re worried about choosing the right pattern for the job, you can always equip an adaptive camo that, as the name implies, will adapt to the environment in the map you’re playing, so you won’t even need to think about it.
New Sniper Rifle Options
The Recon class will get some new toys to play with that affect the use of his bolt-action sniper rifle; Zeroing and 40X zoom scopes.
DICE writes, “when aiming at a remote enemy you can estimate the distance to your target. After you’ve figured out if your prey is 200, 500 or maybe even 1,000 meters away, you can calibrate your scope to compensate for the bullet drop that comes with long range shots. Zeroing your scope is an advanced technique and won’t make you perform perfect headshots every time, but for those skilled enough to approximate distance it will be a welcome strategic addition.
Lastly, as if 20X zoom scopes weren’t enough, Recon players will also be able to equip 40X zoom scopes for really long-distance sniping. Recons will also be able to equip a “new 2X scope magnifier that you can bring to the front of existing 1X scopes to increase your optics options on the fly,” according to DICE.
Battle Pick Ups
Battle pick ups are powerful weapon strewn across the map that every player has access to, provided they win the battles against other enemies trying to reach them as well, or are fast enough to reach one before anyone else.
“The idea is to emphasize the strategic value of a specific position in question to the player, and to incite players to try out new types of gameplay,” DICE explains. “So even if you don’t spawn in on Paracel Storm as a Recon soldier, maybe the sniper rifle Battle Pickup will make you take the role of a sniper, at least momentarily. The area around Battle Pickups will also turn into minor hot spots for the map and create new and dynamic gameplay moments. But be advised: All Battle Pickups have limited ammo, so you need to make every shot count.”
Extreme Weapon Makeover
Check out the crazy amount of customization options you will have for your weapon in Battlefield 4.
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DICE senior game designer, Alan Kertz, gives an example of how you might go about preparing ‘4’ battle in Battlefield 4:
Okay. Let’s say I’m preparing for a round of Obliteration on the Paracel Storm map and I intend to run and gun and fire at close range on the central island. Then I could start off with the default Chinese assault rifle. First, I would want to attach a red dot sight to get that clear aim down the sight. Then I choose the canted iron sight, which lets me switch between two different sights on the same gun. Now I’ve got two different zoom options with the same gun. I also want to be stealthy and sneak up close on people, and for that I’d choose a Chinese suppressor, which will hide me on the minimap and make it harder for close range enemies to find and shoot back at me. I’d also go with the new Ergo Grip that makes me more accurate when I’m shooting while moving.
Battlefield 4 has some pretty long range infantry combat, so one of the things we’ve done is to give each class access to some long range guns. So let’s say we start with one of the semi-automatic rifles that every class can get, that’s fitting for long range. I’ll attach a long range scope that gives me 4X magnification and choose the canted iron sight so I still can fight a little bit up close and tilt the gun 45 degrees. After that I’ll put a heavy barrel on it to bump up my accuracy and give me that reach to really touch somebody. I’ll use the angled grip in order to control recoil on that first shot – that’s going to put things on target at long range. And as a final touch, let’s put some flare on it by choosing the naval camo. Now I’m going to fit in with the environment in Paracel Storm. They won’t see me coming!
Finally, this time around you can also customize your secondary weapon. This is another example of how everything is up to the player in Battlefield 4. Let’s say you pick up one of our many available pistols. Maybe you don’t like the default iron sight very much, then you can use a red dot scope to give you that clear sight picture. Throw on a tri-beam laser sight for more mobility and that Predator feel, and suppress it as well. Now your gun is different to everybody else’s, especially if you put your favorite paint on it. This way, each weapon in Battlefield 4 becomes a personal object.
What new weapon-related features have you most excited?
Battlefield 4 drops this October 29.