Upcoming Battlefield 4 DLC will feature the addition of a ballistic shield.
The two-handed shield will serve as mobile cover in the Dragon's Teeth expansion pack, which is set to focus on urban warfare.
During a GDC session attended by Polygon, senior animator Ryan Duffin said DICE initially wanted to create a shield which players could use in combination with handguns. However, development schedules and last-gen hardware memory constraints meant the feature couldn't be implemented. Instead, players will be able to melee with the shield, which has an attack range of about one metre.
Duffin said there was "a lot of resistance" to the shield at first, "but the more we assessed it, the more we realised it was a better feature. It turns out that stopping bullets in a first-person shooter is a ton of fun. We're confident that it will create a new dynamic for the game."
Dragon's Teeth is the fourth of five planned Battlefield 4 expansions due for release by the summer of 2014. They can be pre-purchased as part of the £39.99 / $50 Battlefield Premium subscription offering. The other four expansions are Second Assault, China Rising, Naval Strike and Final Stand.