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Battlefield 4 beta launching October

Battlefield 4 beta launching October

Battlefield 4 will launch at the end of October and early November.

The Battlefield 4 open beta is launching on 4 October, ahead of its full release at the end of the month.

The multiplayer beta will be available to everyone on 4 October across Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC platforms and will initially feature Conquest mode on a single map, Siege of Shanghai.

An exclusive beta will begin a few days earlier on 1 October and will be accessible to anyone who has either pre-ordered the Battlefield 4 digital deluxe edition on Origin, become a Battlefield 3 premium member or is a registered owner of Medal of Honor Warfighter limited edition or digital deluxe edition.

EA states the purpose of the beta is to properly test servers, back end systems and to ensure the muliplayer parts of the game are configured properly. EA is also soliciting feedback from this early crop of players.

'By taking part, you will help us in ensuring a smooth launch for Battlefield 4,' EA says on a page answering questions about the beta. 'You will also have the option to feedback directly to us with any gameplay ideas, bugs you find and other thoughts on the beta experience.'

Battlefield 4 was officially announced in July 2012 and is currently scheduled for an October 29 release in the US and a November 1 release in the UK.

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XXAOSICXX 17th September 2013, 08:44 Quote
"'By taking part, you will help us in ensuring a smooth launch for Battlefield 4"

Funny, it didn't work for BF3 :/
Unicorn 17th September 2013, 09:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by XXAOSICXX
a smooth launch

Those words don't belong anywhere near or in an article about an EA/Dice game. I still can't get my head around the fact that 2142 had a CTD bug with VOIP which was never fixed, and to avoid it they just left VOIP out of BF3 completely.

TL;DR: I hate so many EA titles because they're buggy, not because they're bad games. It won't stop me buying BF4, it'll just become yet another title that we love to hate because of all the bugs and the inevitable not-so-smooth launch.
barny2767 17th September 2013, 09:24 Quote
I already have a BF4 beta on my origin but am yet to install it. BF3 may have put me off playing this type of FPS game for some time, so I will stick to Borderlands 2 for now since it doesn't feel like I need to play every day to keep up with people.
Chris_Waddle 17th September 2013, 09:29 Quote
And don't forget the now obligitory 2gig+ patch that will released on day 1; meaning that due to where I live, I won't get to play it till day 2 (and probably with several other bugs that patch 1 brings)
DriftCarl 17th September 2013, 13:58 Quote
They never left BF3 without VOIP. VOIP was integrated into battlelog and some plugins. You can create groups in battlelog and then activate voice chat for that group.

A game of this size, which is an extremely technical challenge for launch cant be expected to go 100% perfectly. There are always going to be issues of some sort. Everyone remembers bad news, people forget good news.
keir 17th September 2013, 14:51 Quote
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An exclusive beta will begin a few days earlier on 1 October and will be accessible to anyone who has either pre-ordered the Battlefield 4 digital deluxe edition on Origin, become a Battlefield 3 premium member or is a registered owner of Medal of Honor Warfighter limited edition or digital deluxe edition.

I feel a bit bad for people who pre-ordered just to get the beta
ccxo 17th September 2013, 17:59 Quote
Well hopefully the BF4 beta will not have the sink hole in the map that the BF3 Alpha/Beta had.
Sloth 18th September 2013, 00:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by DriftCarl
They never left BF3 without VOIP. VOIP was integrated into battlelog and some plugins. You can create groups in battlelog and then activate voice chat for that group.
That's not necessarily in game, though, and really only serves an awkward middle ground of "friendly enough to voice chat, but not friendly enough to use Mumble/Skype/etc". The real advantage of in game voice chat is speaking to the players who you don't know, and is sorely missing from BF3.
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