Battlefield 4 E3 Recap: Thanks for Making this a Great Show!

The curtain has fallen, the computers are being packed, and DICE are on their way back to a beautiful Stockholm summer. Be sure that you have all the latest Battlefield 4 info as we take you behind the scenes in our look back at the fantastic E3 of 2013.

Nice view of the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Nice view of the Los Angeles Convention Center.

We are committed to continue pushing Battlefield 4 even further, fueled by the amazing reception, energy, and excitement that the Battlefield community has expressed. E3 brought the reveal of multiplayer, Commander Mode, Spectator Mode, 64-player next-gen console combat, and introduced the concept of Levolution, allowing players to shape the Battlefield in game-changing ways.

Take a tour in our multiplayer booth
It’s one thing to play with 63 other people online, but to actually stand with them as you play? It’s amazing! Check out these pictures from the E3 showroom floor where we recorded the Battlefield 4 Multiplayer Live Stream. Commander interfaces, custom Battlefield 4 rigs, and dedicated Battlefield fans!

Gamers got their first hands-on with 64-player Battlefield 4 multiplayer on the gloriously chaotic "Siege of Shanghai" map.
Gamers got their first hands-on with 64-player Battlefield 4 multiplayer on the gloriously chaotic “Siege of Shanghai” map.

Commander Mode announced
Fan-favorite feature Commander Mode is back. Last seen in Battlefield 2, this highly requested feature is making its way to consoles, PC, and tablet computers.

Battlefield 4 Commander Mode runs on tablets and mobiles as well
Commander Mode is back — and works on tablets this time around.

This mode allows for a single player to be designated as the commander for each team with the power and responsibility to lead  their teammates to victory. And while the Commander’s role isn’t on the ground, they still possess abilities that allow them to turn the tide of a battle.

Surveillance, vehicle deploys, and tactical airstrikes can all be found in a commander’s arsenal. As squads acknowledge, execute, and complete assigned objectives these increasingly powerful and deadly abilities will become available, meaning that teamplay is more important than ever.

But perhaps the Commander’s most important and powerful asset is their ability to view the entire battlefield in a top-down tabletop mode. From this view they can assign teammates to objectives and strategically command forces to victory.

Watch this video for a glimpse at how you’ll lead your troops into Battle, even while you’re away from your computer or console.

3 days of Battlefield 4 live streaming straight from our booth
Can’t get enough Battlefield 4 Multiplayer? Check out these recordings from the E3 2013 Live Stream, featuring more than a dozen hours of 64-player, unscripted, per-alpha multiplayer gameplay. You’ll also enjoy interviews with DICE staff, expert commentators, and top-tier community members. Big thanks to our hosts Corey Dunn and Alex “GoldenboyFTW” Mendez for their amazing job at guiding our viewers through the game at E3.

Corey Dunn (aka "Dunn") interviews DICE's Karl Magnus Troedsson in the opening section of our 3-day live stream straight from our multiplayer booth.
Corey Dunn (aka “Dunn”) interviews DICE’s Karl Magnus Troedsson in the opening section of our 3-day live stream straight from our multiplayer booth.

The Battlefield 4 Live Stream was designed for Battlefield fans. We’re proud to say that over just three days it received 2.1 million views, making it the most viewed broadcast on Twitch.tv. We designed this special programming with you in mind, so don’t miss out! Head to http://www.battlefield.com/battlefield-4/e3-live-stream for full daily replays of our massive live streams!

“Siege of Shanghai” multiplayer hands-on
All-out War. Commander Mode. Levolution. Amphibious Assault. Frostbite 3. These concepts define the Battlefield 4 multiplayer experience.

During our time at E3 we began to examine how each would impact Battlefield, continuing to set it apart as the leading online multiplayer shooter. This brief video,  a five minute look at what will spark a billion hours of play, shows just some of the ways these ideas will change the way you play.

“Angry Sea” single player reveal
While many players will spend the majority of their time with Battlefield 4 playing with and against friends in multiplayer, DICE is committed to creating a single player campaign worthy of the Battlefield legacy that fans can be proud to claim as their own. Battlefield 4′s single player missions will change other way Battlefield fans look at a campaign through truly human characters, a dramatic arc that players can invest in, and unique, unforgettable challenges.

But what truly sets Battlefield 4′s campaign apart from past entries is that players will need their multiplayer skills to succeed. By blending in traditional Battlefield multiplayer mechanics, the genuine fraternity of a squad forged through hours of play, and a focus on allowing players to choose how to accomplish their objectives, DICE has set the stage for a campaign as fittingly unique as any online match.

See for yourself. Watch the “Angry Sea” trailer and, if nothing else, marvel at raw power and versatility of the Frostbite 3 engine in the hands of its creators.

Spectator Mode announced
We are happy to announce that the long requested Spectator Mode will definitely appear in Battlefield 4. While we knew that you’d be excited, we’ve been blown away by the response send attention this feature has received.

Producer Daniel Matros talks Spectator Mode with Corey Dunn at E3 2013
Producer Daniel Matros talks Spectator Mode with Corey Dunn. You can find this interview in the day 1 live stream recap over at http://bit.ly/1aayq8r (interview starts at 1h49mins)

As a quick reminder, Spectator Mode (like Battlefield 4 itself) is still in pre-alpha stage. This means that we are still working on its design, implementation, and function so any of the content that you may see related to it is subject to change.

Spectator Mode will play a pivotal role in our support of the competitive gaming scene, and we also recognize that many players will use it to make great “Only in Battlefield” videos, analyze the game, learn how to become better players, and seeing the “Only in Battlefield” moments in great Battlefield 4 matches. We are continuing to develop Spectator Mode with all of these functions in mind. You can read our in-depth recap of Spectator Mode at E3 here.

SallyThanks for tuning in, see you again soon!
Thanks for tuning in during E3 2013. It’s been a blast. Stay tuned for more in-depth details on Battlefield 4 as we near the release of our biggest game yet. Let us know in the comments section below what you think about our E3 show, and don’t forget to vote in our E3 poll at the bottom of this post. See you on the Battlefield! Oh, and Sally says hi. Sally’s the computer running the BF4 single player demo at the Microsoft press conference at E3. The Battlefield crew signed it. Click the pic to go to our Instagram feed for more pictures from the Battlefield.

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Battlefield 4 begins its release on October 29, 2013 and will be available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. Pre-Order now to get the China Rising expansion at no additional cost.

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  • flyingcow143 07.17.13 at 06:07

    Lol syndicate in right side of room

  • dimitris15 07.07.13 at 12:05

    Hey dudes i have just gained my Battlefield 4 beta key and it’s amazing.
    Click here to gain yours: http://www.battlefield4-beta.info

  • Brazzy56 06.30.13 at 00:47

    I would really like to see the classes split up like they were in BF2. I’d like to see assault class AND a medic class. Also an engineer class AND an anti tank class. I absolutely love the BF series and loved BF3. My only gripe with it for the console was the player limit in MP, squad sizes, and the classes being combined. Go back to six classes vs four and I think it would be a great add in terms of strategy and team work.

  • xxtdevil3 06.26.13 at 23:22

    Okay I really do love the battlefield series and all their is no problems with it, but I really think you should put a World War II DLC. Like the Vietnam DLC ON Bad Company 2, this is just my personal opinion, and thank you for your time. :)

  • Pappa_bearNL 06.24.13 at 15:21

    The series was perfect up till bad company2 . I dont see why DICE and EA want to bring out a Battlefield game every 2 years. This isnt getting better by only improving graphics. Please put more effort in a teamwork game, like Battlefield 2, and wait some years releasing the new battlefield, stop releasing all those DLC crap. Nobody is playing those expansion packs again after 3 months release date.

  • Chorpyc 06.23.13 at 19:43

    “marvel at raw power and versatility of the Frostbite 3 engine in the hands of its creators.”

    Release dev tools so we can make our own maps. Thought we were bros, Dice and EA. Thought we were bros.

    This game would be 100x better if we had access to creating our own maps.

    <3 your games, but god damned. If we don't want your beautiful game in GRAY SCALE (I don't use the mod but the youtube videos sure made me mournful of your decision to not include the option to turn this feature on and off in the graphics menu (again thought we were bros)), let us make it look pretty. Cmon. Cmooooooooooooooooon.

    We're like eskimo brothers with the numerous amounts of cash I've thrown at you my entire gaming career, through years of the Battlefield franchise and those somewhat entertaining sports games for console.

    Thanks and give the community a crack at the game. 99% of the players aren't hacker assholes who want to get insta headshots all day and see through walls, so let us make maps.

    Give us finished products, you have DLC announced already? I have so many words I can't even convey from years of watching EA evolve as a company and enjoying the products. Breaks my heart
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXfXTB7UcuU

  • Chorpyc 06.23.13 at 19:37

    “marvel at raw power and versatility of the Frostbite 3 engine in the hands of its creators.”

    Release dev tools so we can make our own maps. Thought we were bros, Dice and EA. Thought we were bros.

    This game would be 100x better if we had access to creating our own maps.

    <3 your games, but god damned. If we don't want your beautiful game in GRAY SCALE (I don't use the mod but the youtube videos sure made me mournful of your decision to not include the option to turn this feature on and off in the graphics menu (again thought we were bros)), let us make it look pretty. Cmon. Cmooooooooooooooooon.

    We're like eskimo brothers with the numerous amounts of cash I've thrown at you my entire gaming career, through years of the Battlefield franchise and those somewhat entertaining sports games for console.

    Thanks and give the community a crack at the game. 99% of the players aren't hacker assholes who want to get insta headshots all day and see through walls, so let us make maps.

  • ReevolverOcelot 06.23.13 at 01:16

    multiplayer dual play option !!!

  • ReevolverOcelot 06.23.13 at 01:14

    MULTIPLAYER dual play for PS4

  • Punkbizkit 06.22.13 at 03:34

    Being an Battlefield as well as Counter Strike player, I think there should be some sort of competitive seen on BF4 where players are grouped together by their skill level and compete in a competitive match using VOIP chat and a way to weed out trolls or terrible player so players can enjoy a great competitive match!

  • Coreyweb 06.21.13 at 16:57

    You know what you should have done DICE? You should have not shown the skyscraper collapsing. Just nonchalantly let it surprise people when they get the game. Haha, if I didn’t know that was coming and had it happen the first time I played multi…holy freakin’ crap. I would crap myself I think. Levolution sounds super cool (I assume its basically that type of thing on every map…kinda like the caspian border tower, etc.) (hoping it also means weather, and some other types of environmental changes maybe) but I do really hope you guys have smaller buildings and lots of small to medium scale destruction too. I’m sure its a hard balance….but destruction is only sweet when it’s fluid and dynamic….not like “shoot this specific area” for destruction….or….”only this bit of the wall can be destroyed.” The blowing out of the floor for the tank was AWESOME. But I hope it doesn’t feel too forced…like “oh here’s the spot where I can take out the ceiling.” I mean I guess that’s unavoidable to some extent……but…..k…I’m done.

  • GhostX1984 06.21.13 at 05:08

    Just this week I was playing The Last of Us EXCELLENT multiplayer when I overheard someone talking about how BFBC2 was the best. And he was right. I don’t think I put any more than a day worth of playtime on BF3. Such a mediocre piece of steaming garbage.

    -BF4 better have lots of destruction again.
    -The effects like the flashlights etc only served to make the game more annoying.
    -The voice chat better actually work on release.
    -It better have a hit detection that actually works on release.
    -It better not have bugs where i’m falling through the map to still kill the other team on release.

    This better not be another lousy game now that you have the additional horsepower with new consoles. I’m not playing it at launch, but if you do a halfway decent job this time then i’ll buy it when it goes on sale.

  • GhostX1984 06.21.13 at 04:51

    I’ve learned my lesson with DICE/EA games.

    Wait to buy the version that comes with the $30 worth of DLC content a few months after launch and play the new Killzone instead.

    Doing this will also garauntee you avoid another gimped ass game like BF3 was on the PS3. Total disgrace.

    This game better have a dinosaur mode.

    • Coreyweb 06.21.13 at 16:59

      Ya I do really hope they don’t do that again. That was kinda lame. Although that’s happened a lot. Most games have like a “gold edition,” etc. that comes with the expansion packs after it’s been out for a while. But the time frame was really short, I did feel a bit cheated.

  • Bush_Killa-73 06.20.13 at 21:09

    Can DICE/EA please confirm what the XBone’s exclusive content is? Is it ‘timed’ for example? I’ve heard controversial rumours insinuating otherwise..

  • Bush_Killa-73 06.20.13 at 21:09

    Van DICE/EA please confirm what the XBone’s exclusive content is? Is it ‘timed’ for example? I’ve heard controversial rumours insinuating otherwise..

  • Slomo321 06.20.13 at 15:31

    1.) Will (mostly) every map have some kind of big dramatic scene like the tower clasping in Siege of Shanghai.
    2.)Will there be more then one game mode in the start beside Conquest, Rush, and TDM
    3.)Will commander mode work on lager tablets and smaller ones like the android and ipod
    4.)Will this be the best game like BF3 and better ( I think so)

  • Slomo321 06.20.13 at 15:30

    !.) Will (mostly) every map have some kind of big dramatic scene like the tower clasping in Siege of Shanghai.
    2.)Will there be more then one game mode in the start beside Conquest, Rush, and TDM
    3.)Will commander mode work on lager tablets and smaller ones like the android and ipod
    4.)Will this be the best game like BF3 and better ( I think so)

  • pumpedwax 06.18.13 at 11:35

    Aren’t you all forgetting something…FAITH IS BACK <3!!

  • GeneralGrievous7 06.18.13 at 09:54

    Most excited about the knife counter attack, what a great idea! My fav part of the game is knifing, now with the ability to defend yourself from attacks, this is going to take it to a whole new level! Great stuff!

  • DrSlite 06.18.13 at 01:30

    Commander mode being back is a huge plus to me. But, with the commander not really being a player, I worry about the lack of care that the commander will have for their team.

    And, being able to do it on a tablet doesn’t impress me, it makes me worried. If people are being my game’s commander whilst traveling, then their attention isn’t fully on my game. My team may be loosing because our commander is ordering coffee, or walking to the bus.

  • Jesreamde 06.18.13 at 00:22

    “Commander Mode announced
    Fan-favorite feature Commander Mode is back. Last seen in Battlefield 2, this highly requested feature is making its way to consoles, PC, and tablet computers.”

    Glad to see this person knows what they’re talking about… We had commanders in BF2142.

  • Dkjolle 06.18.13 at 00:08

    I have a question about camo for vehicles. Does the camo only change the first time someone enters ?

  • AngryDave-UK 06.17.13 at 20:03

    Well obviously I’m more excited about Battlefront than collapsing a specific building. A whole new DICE Star Wars Battlefront game vs a single event from one map in BF4? No competition.

  • Bermbom 06.17.13 at 14:15

    I’m really afraid BF4 will get the same horrid UNBALANCE from BF3, where heli’s could spot+Rape EVERYONE while hovering in orbit out of any AA range….

  • TheKing7642 06.16.13 at 00:35

    Best game I’ve seen by far.

  • icebox 06.15.13 at 14:36

    Because battlefront is years from being released and bf4 is a few months away

    • dan_3_16 06.16.13 at 02:57

      because who care about a star wars game when a bf is coming, the only reason i will get battlefront is because it will b made by the people that make BF, still I prefer bf a 100 times.

  • Darkjester 117 06.15.13 at 05:42

    Why would you be more excited to collapse the skyscraper than for Battlefront?

    • SPYBOT2 06.16.13 at 16:17

      Are you serious? What the f is wrong with you?

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