Battlefield 4 Player Aces Phenomenal Kill Streak

This battlefield 4 player has clearly gotten to know the game inside and out. A video was posted on YouTube a short while ago showing how this player gets a phenomenal kill streak.

He picks up an SV-98 sniper rifle equipped something rather strange, not a typical sniper telescopic sight but instead, an iron sight. When I saw him do it I thought he was crazy. However, he manages to get a whopping kill streak. A regular scope is rather hard to use in close quarters so the best thing to do is to go with a small scope or just plain iron sights. But it’s really hard to be successful rocking a single-shot bolt-action rifle and iron sights at close range.

You can see Julle993’s awesome kill streak in the video below:

As you can see on his stats on the bf4stats website, he is a seasoned player. Clocking up over 73 days of play time (1768 hours!).

He has played  8000 rounds and is ranked in the top 1% in the rankings. With 171,594 kills, 24,006 pf those being headshots. His favourite gun is an AEK-971 with the m16A4 being julle669’s second favourite weapon. He also seems to like his aircraft, having spent 117 hours in an AH-6J and gaining 19,908 kills with it. Julle993 doesn’t seem to hold back on the battlefield.

What are your stats? let us know in the comments below

Thank you to ibitimes for providing us with this image. 

DICE Confirms ‘Next Battlefield’ is Now in Development

One of EA’s most successful products is the Battlefield series which offers large maps, tactical gameplay and astounding sound effects. It’s often perceived as a more authentic military reproduction compared to Call of Duty and continues to attract a large following. Sadly, Battlefield 4 suffered from horrendous launch bugs on PC, and EA’s Battlefield Premium service incurs a hefty cost if you want to access the game’s full map package. Nevertheless, Battlefield 4 is still a visually stunning title with great gunplay.

The franchise was temporarily put on hold to give DICE to time to create Star Wars: Battlefront. Now that the game has been released, DICE can move onto their next project which according to Development Director, Dan Vaderlind is the next Battlefield:

It’s unclear if this refers to Battlefield 5, or a new Bad Company game. Whatever the case, it’s not surprising to see another Battlefield game being made and I hope it’s not as shallow as Star Wars: Battlefront. Honestly, Star Wars: Battlefront feels rushed and isn’t up to the usual standard I expect from DICE. Hopefully, the next Battlefield game can help restore their reputation and showcase their mastery in the first-person-shooter genre.

Do you think the Battlefield series has been spoilt by EA’s premium service?

Battlefield 4 Future Content to Be Free, DICE confirms

Battlefield 4’s soldiers, cheer up! DICE LA Producer David Sirland has confirmed that all future content will be free for everyone, doesn’t matter if the player’s premium membership status. The game is over a year old now and still the game’s developers at DICE continue to produce new content for the game considering the fact that Battlefield: Hardline is out. The new content will include both the new maps, and the upcoming Gun Master game mode and new weapons. The Spring patch is set to include patches, netcode fixes from CTE (Community Test Environment) and the new content already mentioned. The weapons to be included are –

  • AN-94 – Assault rifle
  • L86A1 – Light Machine Gun
  • Groza 1 – Carbines
  • Groza 4 – Personal Defense Weapons
  • Mare’s Leg aka Saddle Gun Sniper – Sidearm

The night map update will contain the nighttime version of existing maps like Siege of Shanghai, Zavod 311, and Golmud Railway. A new forest themed community-developed map which entered Alpha stage recently will be out in few weeks.An unannounced map remake from a former Battlefield game is also in works. All of those will be out for free regardless of the premium membership status of the player.

I am quite excited for upcoming awesomeness, are you? Let us know in the comment section.

Vacation is over, Soldier. Report to The Battlefield ASAP!

Thank you BF4Central for providing us with this information.

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Megalodon Dwells in Battlefield 4

Presence of Easter Eggs spices up the experience and when done in a Multiplayer oriented game like Battlefield 4, it takes it to another level because it usually requires multiple people to be in the server and create the specific conditions . Yesterday, easter egg hunters figured out how to trigger the event. The event being ‘Calling the Megalodon’ ( prehistoric shark ) in the vanilla (non premium) map ‘Paracel Strom’. Popular YouTuber JackFrags has posted the footage of it. It was speculated to exist in the game since the launch. It appeared for the first time on Premium Multiplayer map called ‘Nansha Strike’ over a year ago.

With the latest Patch to the CTE ( Community Test Environment ) DICE included two easter eggs, one of which is discovered. This can not be found on the retail version of the game. However premium members can sign up to get access to CTE version which is constantly being updated. The event can be triggered under specific conditions mentioned below.

  • Any Phantom camo/paint should be unlocked and deployed on the weapon
  • Land on the Windmill and get struck by lightning
  • Find parrots on the palmtree, as the storm arrives and shoot the little light on the ship

Battlefield-ers have done it again! Just like they did in cracking Phantom assignments and others mentioned in UFO in GTA V . As I’ve played it for over a thousand hour, I’ve witnessed the effort required to solve the mysteries of it. Let us know your opinions in the comment section.

See you in The Battlefield, Soldier!

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EA to Shut Down Handful of Free-To-Play Games, Announce SWTOR Updates

In a recent news update, EA have announced that they will be stopping development and winding down support for 4 free-to-play titles in 90 days time. The games receiving the purge are: Battlefield Heroes, Battlefield Play4Free, Need for Speed World and FIFA World. Although upsetting to see the titles come to an end, it came as no surprise as dwindling player counts meant that the games were no longer making the company capital they once were.

Describing the games as “pioneering”, EA also thanked the community for playing the now almost deceased titles and the feedback that has allowed them to hopefully improve future releases.

In the same update, EA spoke about the future of Star Wars: The Old Republic, confirming plans to bring more story-driven game updates to the 4 year old MMORPG and also acknowledged that the “enthusiastic” community is still growing and flourishing to this day, which is rare to see in older MMORPG’s.

Although sad to see the games go, we could be seeing more options available to us soon with EA saying, “In the next few months, we are exploring new concepts and ways to bring great games to more player around the world.” What they mean by that, I’m not entirely sure, but whatever it is I’m sure it’s exciting!

Thank you EA for providing us with this information.

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Visceral Cuts Hardline’s Ridiculous Couch Stats

Visceral looks like it will be lowering down the game’s drivable couch stats with the first patch. The intended Easter egg apparently proved to be too popular and too effective as an actual vehicle rather than the joke it was intended to be. Battlefield Hardline’s patch now state that Visceral will lower the couch’s stats by drastically lowering its health and repair rate.

“Couch health reduced and repair rate decreased to a miniscule amount, making the Couch the one-off it was intended,” the developer wrote.

The exact date of when the patch will roll out is not yet known, but Visceral said that the new stats will take effect in the “near future”. The full patch notes can be found over at Battlefield’s forum.

Thank you Eurogamer for providing us with this information

Battlefield Hardline NVIDIA Game Ready 347.88 Driver Analysis

Introduction


Yay, another update. You know what that means don’t you? That’s right, another driver analysis. Well this time around, it’s a little different. NVIDIA released the newest driver (WHQL 347.88) mainly to add compatibility for the absolute monster, GTX Titan X; there were a few other additions and bug fixes, but more on that later.

So what’s new? Not a-lot in a nutshell, that are no performance increases for any of the range of graphics cards, no advancements to any of the existing line up; so this is shaping up to be a rather boring driver. Oh wait, did I mention that this driver supports maximum compatibility for the highly anticipated Battlefield Hardline? That’s right folks, not only did we get a new driver and a new graphics card, but we also got given a new game too.

So what about the not so interesting stuff? Well NVIDIA are really pushing PhysX, by giving it away for FREE to developers. It’s already featured in hundreds of current games and is even a part of the Unreal Engine 3 and 4, so it sort of makes sense to go Green with some pretty big titles coming out using that game engine. Enough on that, let’s move onto a few graphs of how our current line up of Maxwell based graphics cards handle the new driver and new game.

Welcome to the Future – Boeing Patents Laser Forcefield!

Boeing just patented the technology for a “method and system for shockwave attenuation via electromagnetic arc,” which is a fancy was of saying force field. While we’re still a long was from having the kind of protective bubble seen in Sci-Fi shows and movies such as Star Trek, this is certainly one of the first steps on the road towards achieving that technology.

The concept uses a range of sensors which detect an incoming shockwave from an explosion, while a processing unit tries to calculate the type of blast, the size and distance using its database of explosion signatures. It will then work out the best strategy to use to defend against the attack. The new system only protects against the explosion, rather than any ballistic objects, for which the vehicles used are likely already protected against with their standard armour.

When a blast from something like an IED is detected and analyzed, a laser, blast of electricity or microwave energy can be fired into either the surrounding air or water to create a wave of plasma which acts as a shield between the explosion and the vehicle. The heat and density of the plasma will help to deflect and absorb the incoming shockwave, thus protecting the vehicle. The system essentially fights fire with fire, trying to cancel out the incoming wave.

It’ll be interesting to see how this technology develops, but for now, it’s certainly freaking awesome and paves the way for a lot of very cool technology in the future.

Battlefield: Hardline Ultra vs Low Graphics Comparison

It looks like GreenManGaming has provided DSOGaming with some Ultra vs Low graphic comparison for Visceral’s Battlefield Hardline. Below you can see the comparison. Note that the Ultra screenshots are the top ones, while the Low are right below the Ultra screenshots.












Thank you DSOGaming for providing us with this information

NVIDIA Game Ready Driver 347.88 Ready for Download

So with the release of the NVIDIA GTX Titan X, NVIDIA decided to release a new set of drivers to fully optimise the Titan X for gameplay. These drivers not only optimise the Titan X, but also other previous graphics cards for the release of Battlefield Hardline, due for release on the 20th March.

“Just in time for the highly anticipated title Battlefield Hardline, this new GeForce Game Ready driver ensures you’ll have the best possible gaming experience. With support for GeForce SLI technology and one-click game setting optimizations within GeForce Experience, you’ll have the best possible performance and image quality during gameplay. In addition, this driver is aligned with today’s launch of the world’s fastest gaming GPU; the GeForce GTX Titan X.
Game Ready
Best gaming experience for Battlefield Hardline, including support for SLI Technology and GeForce Experience 1-click optimizations  
New GeForce GPUs
Supports the new GeForce GTX Titan X; based upon the second-generation Maxwell architecture”

A full breakdown of the Driver specification notes can be found here! To quickly download these drivers, just open up the NVIDIA control panel and click update. The driver download can also be found here!

Will you be updating to the new drivers? Are you looking forward to our testing of the GTX Titan X and Battlefield Hardline? Let us know in the comments.

Launch Trailer for Battlefield: Hardline Released

Electronic Arts has recently released the official trailer for its upcoming Battlefield title, Battlefield: Hardline, ahead of the title’s launch on March 20th. Check the trailer out below.

Though the trailer looks great, it still remains to be seen whether the title will live to its expectation. Given that the beta had its little hiccups and that its predecessor, Battlefield 4, led to a lot of people being disappointed due to its bugs when it first launch, we just have to see what the new title has to bring.

Battlefield: Hardline is said to launch on March 20th through Origin on PC and Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 through retailers.

Thank you TweakTown for providing us with this information

Battlefield Hardline Won’t Make It to 1080p on Consoles

Console owners who were looking forward to playing Battlefield Hardline on their Xbox One or PlayStation 4 in 1080p resolution, like it was initially announced during E3 last year, will be let down. Visceral Games, the developers of the game, recently revealed the resolutions for the upcoming game.

We all know that the Xbox One is a little slow and it will only make it to 720p in Battlefield Hardline. The PS4 has a little more power packed and can make it to 900p, but still not the original goal of 1080p. PC Gamers can disregard all of this as we’ll be able to play the game in 4K if we want to. The good news on the decreased resolution is that the consoles will be able to keep up the 60 frames per second for a smooth gameplay.

Source: Twitter

 

Official Battlefield Hardline PC System Requirements Revealed

The open beta phase for Battlefield Hardline starts tomorrow and EA revealed to official PC system requirements for the game to go along. You’ll need a pretty decent machine to play this game under recommended guidelines, but not as bad as it could be.

A quad-core CPU and 8GB of RAM isn’t hard to achieve, but you’ll also need either a Radeon R9 290 or GTX 760 graphics card with 3GB or more VRAM. It will also take up 60GB of storage on your hard drive.

Lower end systems are supported, but Electronic Arts said that PC systems with 4GB or less RAM may experience issues in tomorrow’s Battlefield Hardline open beta. Gameplay performance for lower-end PCs is still being optimized.

Recommended:

  • OS: WINDOWS 8 64-BIT (with KB971512 Update)
  • CPU: INTEL QUAD-CORE CPU, AMD SIX-CORE CPU
  • MEMORY: 8 GB RAM
  • GRAPHICS CARD: AMD Radeon R9 290, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760
  • GRAPHICS MEMORY: 3 GB
  • HARD DRIVE: 60 GB
  • DIRECTX 11

Minimum:

  • OS: WINDOWS VISTA SP2 64-BIT (with KB971512 Update)
  • PROCESSOR: Athlon II/Phenom II 2.8 GHz, Intel Core i3/i5 2.4GHz
  • MEMORY: 4 GB RAM
  • GRAPHICS CARD: ATI Radeon HD 5770 (1 GB), NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 (896 MB)
  • HARD DRIVE: 60 GB
  • DIRECTX 11

15 Year Old Boy Who “Swatted” Gamer Convicted of Domestic Terrorism!

Update: Turns out this story was a hoax, the following article should be seen as satire at best.

Recently we brought you news of someone being hit with a stupid and incredibly dangerous prank known as “swatting”, the act of calling the real SWAT police on another gamer. Today we have the results of what happens to people who think doing something like this “is a good idea”.

[youtube width=”800″ height=”450″]http://youtu.be/Nz8yLIOb2pU[/youtube]

15 year old Paul Horner broke down in tears in front of a judge after he was found guilty on two counts of domestic terrorism, which even at the age of 15 has landed him with a staggering 25 years to life sentence, ouch! This makes Horner the first person in history to be charged on offences for swatting and given that this is a worrying and growing trend, he is likely being made into an example to prevent this prank from happening again.

It’s a waste of valuable police resources and it puts peoples lives at risk. Horner was upset that a follow Battlefield 4 gamer was beating him, so he obtained his private information and called police on a reported murder and hostage situation at the gamers address. When SWAT raided the house things went to hell, the gamer father was shot and critically injured in the process.

Prosecutors played audio of Horner’s 911 phone call to the jury: “I just shot and killed four people. If any police enter my home I will kill them too,” the statement read in part.

In short, Horner has got a lot of time to think about what he has done.

Thank you Nationalreport for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Nationalreport.

PlayStation 4 Now Dominates PC For Most Registered Battlefield 4 Players

While the Battlefield series may still be considered a PC title, given that it was on the PC where the series started, the games audience has definitely started to shift over to consoles. Battlefield 4 is a big seller for EA and while it is popular on PC, problems with optimization of the game has left many unhappy with the title.

Now it looks like the PlayStation 4 is the place to be for the most active Battlefield 4 community, with P-Starts Network now reporting that the PlayStation 4 has more active players than PC. This is less a case of the PlayStation 4 getting huge numbers of new players and more about PC users making a mass exodus towards other titles due to the issues the game has suffered.

As you can see in the graph above, the PC started out well an has been in steady decline, even the Hardline Beta did little or nothing to help the problem. Battlefield 4 is due to be patched (again) in the coming month, but right now it doesn’t look good for EA and it will take a  lot for them to try and claw back any significant gains in player numbers on PC and even harder for them to convince PC gamers they can make a stable future when their next release rolls around.

Thank you BF4Central for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of BF4Central.

EA Launches a $30 per Year Unlimited Gaming on Xbox One

Console games are expensive, to expensive for many people to try and play as many games as they would like to. EA seem to have understood this and launches a new service for Xbox One for just those people.

A Netflix like service called ‘EA Access’ where you pay $4,99 for one month or €29,99 if you want a whole year, and in return can play as many games as you like.

So far there is a limited selection of titles, only counting Madden 25, Fifa 14, Battlefield 4 and Peggle 2. It isn’t much, but it is a start, and we can expect to see a lot more added in the future. The service is also said to allow you to play new games before they launch to the general public, including Madden, NFL, FIFA and Dragon Age: Inquisition.

When a game normally cost $70 and they release one a year like with the sport titles, you can see why this quickly could become popular among console gamers.

EA Access will be sold in retail stores as well as on Xbox Live. The service has launched as a beta today for a small part of Xbox One owners. No timeline has been given for the public roll out of the service. On the bright side, it will give them time to add more games to the service.

Thank you TechCrunch for providing us with this information

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Visceral Games Reveals Battlefield Hardline’s Single Player Story

The Battlefield Hardline title has been confirmed some time ago, having developer Visceral Games working on the title and aiming to bring a new feel to the Battlefield series. The developer expects to do this by taking the battle towards a more urban environment, namely adding a ‘cops vs robbers’ theme instead of a traditional military faction-based scenario.

What we did not know up until now is what the story is about. We know that there will be a lot of shooting involved, robbers with masks and police officers arriving in cars, leading to a lot of shooting and explosions (as seen in previous Battlefield titles too). However, Visceral Games has apparently revealed the actual goal and story of the title at its San Diego Comic-Con panel.

The developer stated that the Battlefield Hardline title will be based on the story of a police officer by the name of ’Nick’, who gets framed after a drug bust goes wrong. Nick is then said to go deep undercover in order to clear his name, having players experience both sides of the story. Ian Milham, the title’s creative director, describes it as “desert, Breaking Bad meth country”.

In terms of storyline support, Visceral Games is said to have Eugene Byrd and Kelly Hu feature in major roles, while The Shild’s Mark Rolston and Sons of Anarchy’s star, Benito Martinez will also have some important roles in the title. Also, Wendy Calhoun, Nashville and Justified’s writer and producer, is said to be helping the developer as a narrative consultant.

These are quite some big names for a game title, but since Milham pointed out that the game has been pushed back to ‘early 2015’, we should expect a great single player gameplay experience. However, as it is a Battlefield title, the multiplayer experience will also bring its own ‘charm’.

Thank you Ubergizmo for providing us with this information

Battlefield 4 Dragon’s Teeth Out For Premium Members Today

Are you a Battlefield Premium member? Well if you are as of today you will be able to access the new Dragon’s Teeth DLC for Battlefield 4. The new DLC pack is available to buy and download via Origin’s Digital Distribution service on the PC. If you are not a Battlefield Premium service member than you will have to wait until July 29th to gain access to the same content.

The new DLC pack is also available for console users today but it will arrive in the following time windows:

  • Xbox One and 360 – 1:00 AM Pacific Standard Ttime to 5:00 AM PST/ 9:00 AM GMT to 1:00 PM GMT
  • PlayStation 4 and PS3 in North America – 2:00 PM PST to 6:00 PM PST/ 10:00 PM GMT to 2:00 AM GMT
  • PlayStation 4 and PS3 in Europe – 6:00 AM PST to 10:00AM PST/ 2:00 PM GMT to 6:00PM GMT

Battlefield 4 Dragon’s Teeth brings four new maps, new large vehicles, the new Chain Link game mode and a two-handed ballistic shield that can be used to protect against enemy fire. Dragon’s Teeth is the fourth piece of DLC offered to Battlefield 4 fans following on from China Rising, Second Assault and Naval Strike. The final piece of DLC, expected to be called Last Stand, will arrive soon.

Source: Softpedia

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DICE Announces Battlefield 4 Battlefest

EA Studio, DICE, has announced a month long “festival” of gaming on Battlefield 4. It involves free camos, double XP events, daily screenshot contests and an overall stunt video challenge. The prize for the winner of the daily screenshot challenge will win an AMD graphics card, $50 gift card to the DICE Store, and a Battlefield 4 Premium membership on their platform of choice. That’s pretty generous of EA to be dishing out hardware daily for a month and the fact that the winner win all 3 prizes makes it that extra bit special.

There will be a opening double XP weekend for all Battlefield 4 players to celebrate the launch of Battlefest from July 12th to 13th. After this the other initiatives will start to be dished out.

Check out what initiatives DICE will be rolling out during Battlefest.

– Free Camo Unlocks
Each week we will be releasing a free camo in-game for all players.  This will give you more ways to standout on the battlefield.

– Double XP
As noted above, we’re kicking Battlefest off with a double XP weekend and we’re definitely going to end with one too for all players to reap the benefits.

– Community Missions
Each week we will be hosting a global community challenge to reach a specific goal in-game.  If you reach the goal, everyone who logs in will receive a free gold Battlepack the following week.  The first mission starts on July 15, 2014, where you will have to collectively reach 15 million revives across all platforms, with the mission ending on the eve of July 20, 2014.

– Stunt Video Competition
This a month long contest where we are asking you to send us your best stunt video that can only be done in Battlefield 4. Once we receive the submissions, the DICE team will pick the top 12 and then you, the fans, will vote on the top three winners to win a massive prize.

The sole purpose of this event is to thank the community for their constant support for the title and their patience, their many months of patience whilst DICE worked tirelessly to fix the huge problems the game had at launch. Throughout the Battlefest there will also be fixes from both DICE studios, Stockholm and LA,  to enhance gameplay and give better overall performance.

Can’t wait for this to start myself, anyone else excited?

Thanks to Battlefield for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Battlefield.

EA: Unjust Punkbuster Bans Were Given In Battlefield Games, Investigation Underway

EA recently made an announcement on its support website where it revealed some players of Battlefield games were incorrectly banned. The number that have been banned remains unknown but it is significant enough for EA to have set up a dedicated webpage to assist gamers who have been affected.

We are investigating an issue of Punkbuster bans that were incorrectly applied to some of our players. Please undertstand that our game advisors are not able to access or overturn Punkbuster bans, but we’re working with our partners at Even Balance to get this resolved as quickly as possible.

If you have been impacted by this issue, you can appeal the ban directly by following the instructions found here.

Please stay tuned for updates on this issue, and we’re very sorry for the inconvenience this has caused.

Have you been affected by the unfair bans? If so be sure to check out the dedicated webpage to get the issue resolved.

Source: EA, Via: Softpedia

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Battlefield Hardline Open Beta Available for PlayStation 4 and PC Gamers

Electronic Arts has previously bragged about its upcoming Battlefield title, namely Battlefield Hardline, having emphasised the radical changes regarding the story, which is now focused on ‘cops and robbers’, as well as giving the project to Visceral Studio instead of DICE.

Fans and curious gamers alike should be happy to know that EA has just opened the beta to PC and PS4 gamers, which can now sign up on the Battlefield Beta website. No need to wait in line for approval to enter the game, just a quick sign-up and Terms & Conditions agreement to check are required before adding the game to Origin.

Unfortunately, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 owners have a bit of bad luck, since EA has not made the game available for the aforementioned platforms (yet). Instead, users of the latter console types can sign up to be notified when the beta will open for their console, being greeted with the following message:

“The Battlefield Hardline closed beta is only available for PC and PS4. But don’t worry, we wouldn’t leave you hanging. We’ll have an open beta available this fall on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PC. On top of that, we are hooking you up with these rewards in Battlefield Hardline and Battlefield 4. Log into your Origin Account below to be granted access to your rewards. The Battlefield Hardline gear will be available when the game releases. The Battlefield 4 unique dog tag will be available in the game next month.”

For PC and PS4 players, the game is stated to have some interesting content unlocked to tinker with as well, including weapon skins and camp, weapon sights, additional Battlefield Hardline content and a unique dog tag in order to give a taste of what the new title has to offer.

Thank you Ubergizmo for providing us with this information

New Battlefield Title Dubbed ‘Hardline’ to be Released This Year

Electronic Arts had some hiccups and major bugs to fix in its latest Battlefield 4 release. That does not meant it will stop them from releasing another Battlefield title it seems, confirming the claims that the company is attempting to set a yearly cycle to the Battlefield title.

Dubbed Battlefield Hardline, Electronic Arts and Visceral Games has shifted the main focus of the Battlefield feel from the war between two or more armies to a more common battle, which is the war on crime. This is quite an interesting change, not only from the game’s objective and scope, but also from the development point of view.

EA’s DICE took charge of all Battlefield titles up until now, but Electronic Arts however decided to give Dead Space developers, Visceral Games, the lead this time around. What we expect to see as an outcome from all of this can be seen in the video below:

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnXW9cq7umc[/youtube]

It appears that more light on the change is given from Visceral’s VP and GM Steve Papoutsis with the following statement:

“Several years ago, I was at an internal EA meeting in Barcelona with creative leaders from across the company. It was there I met Karl Magnus Troedsson, the GM of DICE, for the first time, and we immediately began talking about games – I’ve always loved Battlefield and KM was a huge fan of Dead Space, which I was working on at the time”, he said. “ We started talking about different ways we could work together, different ways we could take Battlefield and action games in a new direction. It was then that this project that became Battlefield Hardline was born.”

Sources also indicate that Battlefield Hardline along with other ‘secret’ projects will be revealed at E3 on the 9th of June.

Thank you KitGuru for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of KitGuru and video courtesy of YouTube

EA Shutting Down Online Services For 50 Games Next Month

The time to swing ultimate ban hammer is rapidly approaching, EA have revealed that next month they plan to shut down the servers for 50 games for their back catalogue. This new wave of permanent down time will cover several installments of the Battlefield series, spanning a multitude of formats, including the Battlefield 2: Modern Combat PlayStation 2 servers, which I can’t say I’ve used in a fair few years!

“Since GameSpy’s announcement, our teams have been working to evaluate options to keep services up and running. Unfortunately, due to technical challenges and concerns about the player experience, we do not have a solution at this time. Online services for EA games on the GameSpy platform will be closed down at the end of June,” the publisher wrote in a statement.

“We know some of these games are still fan favorites, including Battlefield 2, Battlefield 1942, Medal of Honor: Allied Assault and Command & Conquer games. We are still investigating community-supported options to preserve online functionality for these titles, such as multiplayer. Significant technical hurdles remain, and at this time we don’t have anything to announce.”

Some of the biggest news is that Crysis and Crysis 2 on PC will have their doors shut, as well as a wide range of DS titles. No doubt a few of these games will shift to private servers, but for now, the official support is almost gone. Are you sorry to see a game go off of this list?

  • Battlefield 1942 for PC and Mac (including The Road to Rome and Secret Weapons of WW2 expansions)
  • Battlefield 2 for PC (including Special Forces expansion)
  • Battlefield 2: Modern Combat for PlayStation 2
  • Battlefield 2142 for PC and Mac (including Northern Strike expansion)
  • Battlefield Vietnam for PC
  • Bejeweled (r) 2 for the Wii
  • Bulletstorm for PlayStation 3
  • Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars for PC and Mac (including Kane’s Wrath expansion)
  • Command & Conquer: Generals for PC and Mac (including Zero Hour expansion)
  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 for PC and Mac
  • Crysis 2 for PC
  • Crysis for PC
  • Crysis Wars for PC
  • Dracula – Undead Awakening for the Wii
  • Dragon Sakura for Nintendo DS
  • EA Sports 06 for PC
  • F1 2002 for PC
  • FIFA Soccer 08 (KOR) for the Wii
  • FIFA Soccer 08 for Nintendo DS
  • FIFA Soccer 09 for Nintendo DS
  • FIFA Soccer 10 for Nintendo DS
  • FIFA Street 3 for Nintendo DS
  • Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers for PlayStation 2
  • Global Operations for PC
  • GREEN DAY: ROCK BAND for the Wii
  • James Bond: Nightfire for PC
  • Madden NFL 08 for Nintendo DS
  • Madden NFL 09 for Nintendo DS
  • Master of Orion III for PC
  • Medal of Honor: Allied Assault for PC and Mac (including Breakthrough and Spearhead expansions)
  • MySims Party for Wii
  • MySims Racing for Nintendo DS
  • MySims SkyHeroes for the Wii and DS
  • NASCAR Sim Racing for PC
  • NASCAR Thunder 2003 for PC
  • NASCAR Thunder 2004 for PC
  • Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 for PC
  • Need for Speed: ProStreet for Nintendo DS
  • Need for Speed: Undercover for Nintendo DS
  • Neverwinter Nights 2 for PC and Mac
  • Neverwinter Nights for PC, Mac and Linux (including Hordes of the Underdark and Shadows of Undrentide expansions)
  • SimCity Creator for Wii
  • Skate It for Nintendo DS
  • Sneezies for the Wii
  • Spore Creatures for Nintendo DS
  • Spore Hero Arena for Nintendo DS
  • Star Wars: Battlefront for PC and PlayStation 2
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II for PC and PlayStation 2
  • THE BEATLES: ROCK BAND for the Wii
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 for Nintendo DS

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Next Battlefield Game Could Ditch Military In Favour Of Police Action

Rumours are floating around about the next game in the Battlefield series, and while many of you will be thinking “what, Battlefield 4 already!”, it actually sounds like it could be massive departure from the main series. The new game is currently under development with the codename “Havana” and could see the game taking a break from military based action, to that of the police force. When we say police, we can only image it means something like SWAT, or an American police force, but of course that part remains to be seen.

The game will be developed by the team at Visceral Games, who’ve got a pretty decent track record for the kind of close quarters action that you might expect from police based encountered, given that the team has previously worked on titles such as Dead Space.

It’ll be great to see how this turns out and it’s a perfect time to re-boot what used to be one of the best parts of the FPS gaming market, anyone else remember playing SWAT for hours on end?

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Massive Battlefield 4 Update Deployed, Many Major Issues Fixed

A massive update has been rolled out for Battlefield 4 on the PlayStation 4, fixing some pretty major issues that have been causing the game to crash, the sound bug that have been driving some users crazy and disabling of the irritating EMP blur effect in multiplayer that has been sending everyone dizzy.

  • General stability fixes that should remove a large amount of the client crashes we are currently seeing on the PS4
  • Fixed the audio drop outs that could occur when playing on large maps. Typical map affected was Golmud Railway in Conquest with 64 players. Ambient sound would sometimes cut out, like foley sounds from player running, vehicle engine sounds, vehicle movement sounds, and map ambient sounds
  • Removed the blur effect on soldiers that appeared when Commanders were using EMP attacks
  • Further reduced the probability of getting a corrupt save file by doing miscellaneous changes to the save file system. These include removing the save file saving again when quitting multiplayer
  • Fixed multiple crashes that could occur when bringing up the in-game Battlelog during round transition
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when using the BattleScreen
  • Fixed a random crash related to destroying vehicles
  • Fixed minor destruction issues in the terrain

This update is great, fixing many issues that have been ruining the game since release and it comes just after the release of the top issues tracker that DICE launched, allowing people to log their errors. The game isn’t going to be perfect just yet, likely never will be, but this patch certainly is a step in the right direction.

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AMD To Bundle Battlefield 4 With All New Radeon R9 Series Graphics Cards

AMD and their main partners such as Saphire and XFX have announced that they will now be bundling Battlefield 4 will all of their new R9 series cards. That means better value for money for all gamers looking to upgrade to the latest AMD range and will no doubt temp more than a few people who have been on the fence about making a purchase.

While a Battlefield 4 has been exclusive to the lovely R9 290X, it seems that AMD are keen to share the love and now the whole range, including the R9 290, R9 280X and even the budget friendly R9 270X will be getting a taste of the action.

Battlefield 4 is already a big seller and the high end graphics that the game can push are a great reason to upgrade your GPU. With Nvidia already offering a great selection of titles on their range and the popular AMD Never Settle bundles the real winner will always be the consumer, because we all love free games, especially when they’re AAA titles like Battlefield 4.

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Battlefield 4 Tournaments Announced For ESL 2013 – 2014, €132,000 Up For Grabs

Electronic Sports League (ESL) announced this week that the brand new FPS from EA, Battlefield 4, will be joining their European gaming competition. With more than €132,000 on the line, players will compete in both amateur and professional tournaments for a chance at glory and bragging rights on the battlefield. Over the course of a year they will battle it out in leagues using ‘Domination’ mode, in the hopes of making it in front of thousands at offline events.

Ulrich Schulze, Managing Director Pro Gaming for Turtle Entertainment – “We are looking forward to hosting great competitions for what we believe to be an amazing game. With all its eSports features, Battlefield 4 will make a lasting impression on the scene and give us many moments to remember.”

Battlefield 4 will be featured in four ESL leagues including:

EMS One – Featuring the best professional Battlefield players on the scene, the EMS One tournaments showcase the highest level of competitive play provided by ESL. Consisting of four seasons spread across the course of a year, starting this December, the EMS One tournaments let Battlefield 4 teams wage all-out war online. Each season will then be culminating in live event finals with a total prize pool of €120,000.

Go4 Battlefield 4 – Geared towards serious teams that want to take it to the next level as well as professional teams, the Go4 Battlefield 4 will be players proving ground as they compete for cash prizes. The Go4 Battlefield 4 matches will happen every weekend with the first one taking place as soon as the 10th of November.

A-Series – Looking to get accustomed to the demands of professional play in Battlefield 4? Then the A-Series is for you and your team. The A-Series features the European A-Series, a pan-European online league, and the National A-Series that includes local level tournaments in countries including the UK and Ireland, France, Germany and Austria, Poland, Russia and Spain. The best teams from both series qualify for the highest level of competition, the EMS One.

Versus – Designed for teams and individual players to hone their competitive Battlefield 4 skills, Versus utilizes ESL’s matchmaking system and additional anti-cheat measures to provide a fair and level battlefield while giving you the tools to create your own team.

Battlefield 4 is already shaping up to be pretty epic and with launch pretty much upon us for both current gen and next gen consoles, as well as for PC, it couldn’t be a better time to get the game involved in eSports. One thing is for certain, with the Frostbite 3 engine powering the game it will make for some serious eye candy when watching the pro gaming matches.

Battlefield 4 will be available in Europe October 31 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation and PC. Battlefield 4 will be available November 22 for Xbox One, and November 29 for the PlayStation 4.

The official ESL portal for Battlefield 4 can be found at battlefield.esl.eu/.

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