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EA, DICE unveil Battlefield 4 Battlelog improvements

EA, DICE unveil Battlefield 4 Battlelog improvements

The revamped Battlelog is to offer Battlefield 4 players some impressive new features, including real-time loadout adjustment and an interactive mini-map.

EA and DICE have revealed additional details regarding the Battlelog companion service upgrades that will join the latest entry in the Battlefield series of first-person shooters.

Originally launched to work with Battlefield 3, Battlelog started out as a relatively simple social networking service. The launch of Battlefield Premium in 2012 saw Battlelog receiving a major overhaul, along with support for Medal of Honor: Warfighter later that year. Since then, however, the service has all-but languished with only minor visual updates this year.

Now, Jesper Nielsen, associate producer on the service, has broken the company's silence and detailed the changes that will be taking place when Battlefield 4 hits consoles and PCs.

'We loved introducing Battlelog in Battlefield 3, but that was just the beginning,' claimed Nielsen in an official blog post. 'Since then, we’ve had some great ideas for how we could innovate and make it even better with Battlefield 4. The goal with Battlelog for BF4 is to create an enhanced experience for the player that allows them to be constantly connected to the game, whether it’s in front of their console or PC or on the go using their mobile device.

'[i]We had to fundamentally change some features – like fully integrating Battlelog into the game on next-gen consoles and PC. By doing this, it has enabled us to give Battlelog a style and look that is much more in-tune with the game, introduce connected features to make it an even more powerful companion and provide new ways for you to customise your experience.
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The revamped Battlelog, Nielsen explained, will be designed for seamless integration on both PC and console platforms: a widget at the top-right of the HUD will allow for instant triggering of Battlelog, providing quick access to friends lists, the setting or completing of in-game challenges between said friends, all in a freshly-built overlay which features a redesign that will be echoed in the web, tablet and smartphone versions.

'With BF3 we realized that the game, Battlelog on the web, and Battlelog on mobile felt like separate pieces,' Nielsen admitted. 'With Battlelog for BF4 the design across the in-game, web, tablet, and mobile experiences are much more uniform. Going between the game and Battlelog on the various platforms will feel much smoother and connected. We’re also working hard to ensure the Battlelog experience for BF4 on console is on par with the deep interaction PC players have enjoyed since BF3.'

As well as improved usability, the revamped Battlelog will include both out-of-game and in-game loadout customisations - allowing a user to adjust his or her equipment on a tablet or smartphone even while playing the game on a PC or console, and have it instantly applied when the new loadout is saved. Battlelog is also to receive easier ways to join the same server as a friend without quitting and restarting the game.

Perhaps the most impressive new feature, however, is a real-time interactive minimap of the current game dubbed BattleScreen. 'Say you’re on your way to the fight as a passenger in a helicopter – if you’re the Squad Leader, you can grab the tablet next to you and set attack points for your pilot, prepping you and your squad for the battle to come,' Nielsen enthused. 'This all happens in real-time – there are no delays between what’s going on in-game and what you see on your device. It takes a bit of getting used to, having a second screen to look at, but once you get the hang of it you can use it your advantage. Gone are the days of bringing up the full-screen mini-map only to blur your view of the battle.'

Screenshots of all the new features, plus details of the revamped Commander app, geographic leaderboards, and the additional statistics available under Battlelog on Battlefield 4 are available on the official website.

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captain caveman 23rd September 2013, 13:36 Quote
I and many others are not great fans of Ea, Dice as the Battlefield Bad Compamy servers have been down for $ days now with no real sign of a response or fix.
captain caveman 23rd September 2013, 13:38 Quote
I and many others are not great fans of Ea, Dice as the Battlefield Bad Compamy servers have been down for 4 days now with no real sign of a response or fix. Really have to consider whether to invest my money in the franchise any further.
AlexB 23rd September 2013, 14:02 Quote
I hate battlelog. Just give me a standard game exe I can open and play.
Dave Lister 23rd September 2013, 14:53 Quote
I never really got the point in battle log, I actually load up origin and go offline to avoid it. And as captain caveman said about folks not liking EA, I would be firmly on that list.
fix-the-spade 23rd September 2013, 15:04 Quote
There's only one feature I'm interested in, the list of all the players I've knifed. It was in every Battlefield from 2 to Bad Company 2 and yet for some reason they removed it from 3. That stupid list of tags and 'last taken from' is not an acceptable replacement. I've got Appletinee's tags, or I did, as soon as gave another player with the same tags the terminal hug they were gone forever, what's the point of that?
captain caveman 23rd September 2013, 15:07 Quote
its 5 days now of no response from EA regarding the down servers, certainly not the standard of customer service people expect today
damien c 23rd September 2013, 16:00 Quote
Not buying unless Gaming Deluxe get the abiltiy to host servers.

I don't mind Battlelog in terms of what they are trying to do with it but I would much rather have a server browser in the game.
suenstar 23rd September 2013, 16:38 Quote
Battle Log took a while to grow on me but after a while I grew to quite like it, so I'm glad it's getting a little bit more attention and is being developed to integrate with the game a bit more.
The addition of being able to change load-outs on the fly outside of the game is a welcomed addition, so it the map view if it works efficiently without eating resources.

Though I'm unlikely to be playing the next Battlefield much due to my lack of time and current loss of interest.
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Originally Posted by damien c
Not buying unless Gaming Deluxe get the abiltiy to host servers.

I don't mind Battlelog in terms of what they are trying to do with it but I would much rather have a server browser in the game.
I suppose if they're now finally looking at implementing parts of Battle Log into the game client, in-game server browsing would be a real possibility through that as well.
If they can make it display and communicate with other parts of Battle Log, there's really no reason why they couldn't implement that.
DriftCarl 23rd September 2013, 18:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by fix-the-spade
There's only one feature I'm interested in, the list of all the players I've knifed. It was in every Battlefield from 2 to Bad Company 2 and yet for some reason they removed it from 3. That stupid list of tags and 'last taken from' is not an acceptable replacement. I've got Appletinee's tags, or I did, as soon as gave another player with the same tags the terminal hug they were gone forever, what's the point of that?

http://bf3stats.com/stats_pc/NuclearStar_UK/dogtags

this site tells you who you have taken dogtags from, and how many times.
Parge 23rd September 2013, 19:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by captain caveman
its 5 days now of no response from EA regarding the down servers, certainly not the standard of customer service people expect today

What are you talking about? I've been playing all weekend.
loftie 23rd September 2013, 20:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by Parge
What are you talking about? I've been playing all weekend.

I think he's still referring to the bad company issue he mentioned in his previous post.

In all honesty I'd prefer battlelog to be built into the game instead of having to open a webpage, but between a choice of battlelog and the many issues me and my friends had with servers and the server list in BC2, i'd take battlelog any day of the week.
greypilgers 23rd September 2013, 20:58 Quote
I quite like the idea of map integration and associated functionality by using a tablet, whilst in game. It sure would be useful if planning strikes or way-points, etc...
Sloth 23rd September 2013, 21:20 Quote
Forgive me if I've missed something, but they've managed to redesign it into doing what previous Battlefield games had done... but as an overlay instead of being in game? In BF2 you could access your kits, squad and map with the press of a button, and access the "Command Center" with stats, rewards, friends list, server browser, et cetera just as easily.

But the tablet and smartphone stuff is cool, right? Now basic features can be outsourced to entirely different devices! Certainly a much more useful and effective gimmick feature than something such as, let's say... multi-monitor support? Only a crazy person would want to put things like a map or kit info on a second monitor.
captain caveman 23rd September 2013, 22:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by Parge
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Originally Posted by captain caveman
its 5 days now of no response from EA regarding the down servers, certainly not the standard of customer service people expect today

What are you talking about? I've been playing all weekend.

you havent been playing bfbc2 all weekend , most of servers are down with failed to login soldier errors, google it
forum_user 23rd September 2013, 22:23 Quote
If it aint running on SteamOS, running in a SteamBox ...

... I aint buying.
Digi 23rd September 2013, 22:49 Quote
It took a while to get used to battlelog but I honestly like it after 350hrs on BF3. It's nice not having to go in-game to review stats, kit, community updates, servers etc before I actually want to. It's quick and feature rich. Embrace the change.
dyzophoria 24th September 2013, 09:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by forum_user
If it aint running on SteamOS, running in a SteamBox ...

... I aint buying.

Valve is good, but I think I would like to see first how this steamOS is supposedly going to work out, the only thing I can think of it being successful is if Valve actually written an SDK that can rival MS when it comes to software development.
forum_user 24th September 2013, 09:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by dyzophoria
Valve is good, but I think I would like to see first how this steamOS is supposedly going to work out, the only thing I can think of it being successful is if Valve actually written an SDK that can rival MS when it comes to software development.

Who knows what or what isn't marketing BS these days - but, Valve reckon to have managed to increase the performance of their own games by however many percentage points. There are a few articles out these on that. And during Gabe's latest reported interview during the Linux thingy he again says that they have pushed more performance from Linux than what they have with Win versions.

I will sit on the optimistic side of the fence on this one. The interesting point about the SteamOS is that it can stream your games from your Windows PC gaming machine located anywhere in your house, to the Linux SteamOS box/s. Which basically means that we no longer need to rely on closed and restricted consoles. We can upgrade to our hearts desires and enjoy those benefits immediately on the big screens without having to wait years and years for the next gens of consoles.
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