Battlefield 4 finally gets pre-game Squad Join feature

Console versions updated with 'Squad Join beta'

Battlefield 4 players on consoles are now able to create a squad with their friends before joining a match.

A new update released on Monday for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions of Battlefield 4 adds the much-requested features via a new function called 'Squad Join'.

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Currently released in beta form, Squad Join lets up to five players form a squad in menus before joining a match, and apparently guarantees that those five players will remain together in a squad from match to match.

Previously lacking any form of pre-game team functionality, BF4 players had to manually join the same server, and then switch teams (when the game's automatic team balancing would eventually allow it) to be on the same side - a cumbersome process that could take multiple matches before everyone could get together.

"Squad Join Beta is the first iteration of the feature," said developer DICE in an official announcement. "We will continue to add features and tweaks based on your feedback and comments, and are aiming to release the next version of Squad Join when Battlefield 4 Dragon's Teeth arrives this summer."

"To join Battlefield 4 as part of a squad, simply choose "Squad Join Beta" in the game's multiplayer menu. Here you will be able to see a list of active squads, or create your own. A list of the five slots will appear, with the squad leader indicated by a star. When you're good to go, just initiate quickmatch to join a game, and you'll be in-game with your squad mates," explains the developer. It made no mention of bringing the feature to PC.

At present, Squad Join only supports the base game maps (non-DLC maps) in the Conquest, Team Deathmatch, Obliteration, Rush, and Domination modes. Other modes and maps will be supported later.

Above is a new video showing off an early iteration of the Squad Join feature.


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