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Battlefield 4 beta dated, Premium membership announced

Open beta hitting Xbox 360, PS3 and PC in October

The Battlefield 4 multiplayer beta will start in early October on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, EA announced at Gamescom today.

For the first three days the beta will be available exclusively to Battlefield 3 Premium members, those that pre-ordered Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe, and owners of Medal of Honor Warfighter Digital Deluxe and Medal of Honor Warfighter Limited Edition.

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Following that, DICE will host an open beta for all gamers worldwide featuring the Siege of Shanghai map and Conquest mode.

EA has also announced Battlefield 4 Premium today, a $50 membership scheme which will grant early access to five digital expansion packs:

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault - "Includes four fan-favorite Battlefield 3 maps now re-imagined with the power of Frostbite 3. Available first on Xbox One."
  • Battlefield 4 China Rising - "Players fight for dominance across the vast and majestic Chinese mainland. Available December 2013."
  • Battlefield 4 Naval Strike - "Experience dynamic ocean combat as the Chinese armada takes the fight to the sea. Available Spring 2014."
  • Battlefield 4 Dragon's Teeth - "The US strikes back engaging in all-out urban warfare. Available Summer 2014."
  • Battlefield 4 Final Stand - "Bring the war to its epic conclusion. Available Summer 2014."

With Battlefield 4 Premium, DICE says it will serve up weekly content and unique personalization options including camos, paints, emblems and dogtags, plus 12 bonus "Battlefield 4 Battlepacks", which each contain random combinations of new camos, dog tags, knives, XP boosts, and gun attachments.

"Fan reaction to Battlefield 3 Premium has been nothing short of amazing. We are humbled to see more than 4 million people join in," said Patrick Bach, executive producer.

"With Battlefield 4 Premium we continue to roll out the red carpet, treating our fans like VIPs with a massive amount of new gameplay, exclusive new content and even more benefits at an incredible value."

Battlefield 4 will be available on October 29 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. Battlefield 4 will also be available for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Battlefield 4 Premium will be available on all platforms for $50 and will be transferable.

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