DICE has provided details of a new Battlefield 4 title update, which the studio hopes to release in September.
"Meanwhile," Battlefield 4 live producer David Sirland wrote on the Battlefield Blog, "we're continuing to utilise the Battlefield 4 Community Test Environment to gather feedback and make various improvements to the game."
September update details
- Core Gameplay Update: The current CTE initiative revolves around making the core gameplay of Battlefield 4 even better. This initiative has been in full swing for a little over two months now, and we've made a lot tweaks and changes that we hope you have enjoyed. As we're nearing the end of this initiative and the release of the next Battlefield 4 update, these are the major fixes that it will include:
- Game Mode Improvements: General improvements and tweaks have been made to the following game modes: Rush, Obliteration, Obliteration Competitive, Capture the Flag and Carrier Assault.
- Visual Recoil: Close and medium range optic reticules do not move with the gun any longer, however both bullet spread and bullet drop are still present.
- Soldier Movement: Changes have been made to soldier movement so that it closely matches the one in Battlefield 3, but without compromising the visual fidelity. This change also makes it easier to get away from undesirable firefights. Additionally, we've dampened third person hit reactions where the soldier previously moved his head around a lot when getting shot at.
- HUD Triage: Focusing on clarity, and de-cluttering the HUD/UI to only show what is important - we have added several options and functionality to make your screen much less cluttered (and give you a lot of choice in making it the way you want).
- Revive Mechanic Improvements: A special effort went into making revives easier to use, more robust and easier to understand. Additions include a "fully charged" paddle sound, UI indication on revive time and better networked ragdolls.
- Netcode Improvements: Making ping differences, trade kills and kills behind cover less of an issue by lowering the time allowed to damage on the client side. Automatic High Frequency Update setting enforced with the intent of release to all platforms, including Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Improvements to bullet damage times from client to client, "dusting" and de-syncs.
- Vehicle Balance: Identifying and tweaking the top vehicles in need of buffs and nerfs.
- Weapon Balance: We've focused on maintaining a consistent Time To Kill (how long an average engagement lasts for). With the changes to visual recoil, the third person hit reactions and improved "tickrates" has been sped up somewhat as we still need to balance this with damage and recoil changes. Suppression systems has also been re-tuned and made clearer.
- What's next? The next initiative on the CTE will be called the Teamplay Initiative. Here we will focus on improving teamplay and the objective aspects of playing Battlefield. This will include everything from Commander, Squads, Field Upgrades and Game Mode improvements, features and bug fixes.
- Taking part in the CTE: To take part in early content, feature and improvement testing, you need to own Battlefield 4 Premium. To sign up for the Community Test Environment, visit http://cte.battlelog.com.
In late July, EA delayed the last Battlefield 4 DLC expansion. Originally due for release by the summer of 2014, Final Stand will now launch in the three months ending December 31.