Frantic and explosive: Battlefield 4 Obliteration mode overview

DICE has always wanted to widen the available experiences to players of Battlefield. Never has the game modes on offer been so diverse than with Battlefield 4. If you’ve followed our live stream from gamescom, you know already that one of our all-new game modes is the explosive Obliteration, and we wanted to let you know more about this great addition to the game.

Obliterate the opposition

Obliteration is one of the most frantic and high-paced modes available in Battlefield 4. Two teams face off on medium-sized battlegrounds where one bomb spawns in a random central location. The mission: To pick up the bomb and arm it at one of the enemy’s three military installations and blow it up. When the bomb has detonated, a new bomb spawns in a random location, and the race is on again! The first team to destroy all three objectives wins.

The single available bomb creates a strong focal point of action, with both teams risking it all to be able to bring the bomb to the enemy base. It’s a game mode all about staying on the offensive and all about being a mobile team player.

The daily BF4 live streams from gamescom will be back with more Obliteration gameplay in the upcoming days. In the meantime, you can check out jackfrags’ video capture from his gamescom session playing Obliteration to get a taste of what’s in store.

We also have a second all-new game mode in Battlefield 4 called Defuse – where players don’t have any respawns at all for an even tighter and quicker infantry-only game mode. More on Defuse later.

So there you have it. From infantry-only tight mode Defused to frantic mobile warfare in Obliteration and the Battlefield classic Conquest on vast open maps. No matter your style of pay or preference, you will find the mode in Battlefield 4. Let us know what you think in the poll below!

Battlefield 4 releases October 29 with seven game modes: Team Deathmatch, Squad Deathmatch, Rush, Domination, Conquest, Defuse, and Obliteration. All seven game modes will be playable across the 10 multiplayer maps launched with the game. You can pre-order Battlefield 4 to get the China Rising expansion pack at no additional cost.

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  • TBROD 10.10.13 at 03:41

    Sounds fun but lets get CTF in BF4

  • ShadowWolf81 10.10.13 at 01:13

    For the poll. Its a tough choice between Conquest and Rush. The new Obliteration map might be fun (have yet to try it enough, But curious if it will be ‘limited’ to 32 player matches, or if pc users can go up to 64 on it.

  • Lord Brewster 10.09.13 at 19:53

    I can see Southpaws being at a disadvantage in obliteration mode. Running through the map with a bomb will require lots of jumping around. On the xbox 360 dice really should have a control scheme with the jump button as one of the shoulder buttons!

  • ITS-P01NTL3SS 09.11.13 at 12:06

    Dice fix the realism please as trees dont break at the right place when you shoot at it and there is no way possible to shoot the windmill in the sea down with a machine gun standing far of on land ..that is un realistic and impossible as those windmills are keeps a sea line warship in place from moving and then this guy comes and shoots it with a machinegun down …thats pathetic…really

  • DSX1999 09.07.13 at 04:31

    So are all the maps gonna be set in China and the surrounding areas? Or can we get some US Invasion maps like BF2′s Armored Fury Expansion. Love to have a Siege of Shanghai style throwdown in NYC or maybe fight on the streets of Downtown LA

  • DSX1999 09.07.13 at 04:16

    Where’s the option in the poll where I can select “Other” and say Onslaught Mode lol

  • The-umbrella-360 09.07.13 at 02:09

    bf4 should have a suvivle mode but not people and not zombies but dinosaurs because dinos were found alot on maps in bf3 so there should be a online suvivle with like 10 to 15 dice please do this evan if it sets you back like 3 more months it would bring the game to a hole new level please please please!!!!

  • wWaAVve 09.01.13 at 07:35

    Game’s looking great so far! Can’t wait.

  • 7d18e1b3.7140 08.27.13 at 18:33

    How come the CTF Mode is not listed here? Are there stupid Jets and Gunships on RUSH mode again? If there are stupid Jets and Gunships on RUSH, I will NOT buy this game. Please also add CTF in now (NOT in DLCs with only 4 maps). What happened to DICE after BFBC2? You gave us free maps but now you NEVER do! Also what is this BS about free China Rising and then charge us again with Premium? Total BS!

    • o T R U 3 z 08.27.13 at 19:57

      I think CTF will be another DLC-only game mode. I’m cool with Jets in Rush, but Gunships are a little over the edge. Who cares? Free map pack lol Premium is equal to $50 USD even without China Rising. Way more content this time.

    • Alphalogic 09.04.13 at 07:15

      “…and the Battlefield classic Conquest on vast open maps.” Second paragraph from the bottom. Conquest is CTF.

  • BoRaXiN 08.27.13 at 08:27

    pls include the mighty MG-3

  • SamRock 08.26.13 at 22:10

    Dear DICE,

    I see that Squad Rush is not listed… has this been removed?? If yes… Could you let know why?

    I really enjoyed this mode.. and hope you bring this back :)

  • freshboy2200 08.26.13 at 18:02

    I just watched this video on Jacks youtube page.. Subscribe to his page for the latest BF4 news

  • BFTWO 08.26.13 at 13:14

    I’ll have to w8 & see what mood I’m in :-)

  • inthezone10 08.25.13 at 23:34

    NVM, just had to turn on HD

  • inthezone10 08.25.13 at 23:29

    is the m82 a 1 shot?

    • GQwerty07 08.26.13 at 09:44

      Yes, anywhere in the body, but it’s a rare find.

  • o T R U 3 z 08.25.13 at 23:08

    Will there be Squad Defuse? Similar to Squad Rush in Bf3, but a one life sort of thing. 2v2 Squad sort of thing.. (2 Squads per team) If there’s anything similar to that, or the return of Squad Rush, do post or confirm it.

  • inthezone10 08.25.13 at 23:06

    i kinda wanna play it all

    • o T R U 3 z 08.25.13 at 23:09

      I’ll definitely try every game mode when I first play it-after I try every map. lol

  • o T R U 3 z 08.25.13 at 23:05

    Clearly the people voting Obliteration don’t know much about Defuse. One life per round? Heck yeah! Hopefully Elimination will be TDM gone Defuse-style.

    • o T R U 3 z 08.25.13 at 23:12

      I thought Elimination was a confirmed game mode…? Link: | Gamemodes of the Battlefield Series: Battlefield 4
      Conquest · Rush · Team Deathmatch · Squad Deathmatch · Domination · Elimination · Playground · Obliteration · Defuse

  • inthezone10 08.25.13 at 23:04

    so… badass much?

  • wWaAVve 08.25.13 at 00:56

    I would UP THE STORM on Paracel more in terms of rain and here’s why…
    Other than having even more Storm Immersion I think HEAVY RAIN can create more depth and more STRATEGY within the game. And it would only rain heavy for a limited time.
    HEAVY rain POURING so you can’t see anything which causes people to run indoors or seek shelter BECAUSE they can barely see if they’re out in it!
    That forces them to take cover where Gameplay SHIFTS for a little to HUNTING!
    Hunting enemies that are ALSO taking cover indoors or DESTROYING the cover that they are under so they are now in the rain and can’t see, forcing them out into the open to seek shelter.
    Also the rain SOUND should be STRONG where it dampens the other in game sounds making it even harder to detect enemies, creating a scary feeling of suspense, or chaos (psychologically).
    On OBLITERATION that’s when the bomb carrier actually might try running through the heavy rain, However now it’s easier for all the enemy to see you running across the rain if they are in cover.
    I’m talking HEAVY POURING rain!!!
    It creates almost a fog like atmosphere where you can’t see in front of you far and you’re out in it feeling the SUSPENSE and close quarter combat for a limited time. Maybe that’s when you use the flair or not since you become a target.
    I think it would be GREAT to have that in the game just like a thick sandstorm would create sort of the same gameplay.
    Also, maybe electrical wires or equipment would be dangerous near these puddles created by the heavy rain and enemies might now purposely create that scenario!
    Remember it’s just for a limited time but enough time to alter the gameplay and make the storm more threatening
    I think it would be AWESOME what do you guys think?

    • wWaAVve 08.25.13 at 03:54

      And the way I would start the rain sequence would be 4 quick lightning flashes with one large thunder crack and then a slow roaring in the background of the heavy rain coming in upon the Battlefield.

    • Ev1l D3m0n 08.25.13 at 17:57

      I think it would be cool if you could use the thunder to mask your shots. Like when you hear the thunder and you shoot, you wouldn’t show up on the minimap. Would be a cool Levolution detail I think.

      • o T R U 3 z 08.25.13 at 23:04


      • wWaAVve 08.27.13 at 03:19

        I like your idea also. Suspense, change of mood and pace to create horror or altered emotion is good and creates better contrast from the routine so when that heavy rain or thunder boom dampens the entering back into that other chaos or calm becomes even better until the next boom later on which continues this nice cycle…

    • o T R U 3 z 08.25.13 at 23:03

      Did you REALLY post that on THIS blog TOO? lol

    • ITS-P01NTL3SS 09.11.13 at 12:00

      I agree with having better weather conditions like heavier down pore of rain and better sound would change dynamic gameplay as beeter sound on thunder you would not here where the shots came from

  • MadMedic581 08.24.13 at 19:52

    and about the mortar.i saw a clip that showed when you use it through the remote thing the map didn’t apear where to shoot it,just point and shoot at random.that will be extremely hard to master and in the end not that much rewarding

  • MadMedic581 08.24.13 at 19:50

    all looks nice and dandy.can’t wait for beta.please make diferent animations for all melee weapons(bowie,bayonete etc).try to make the time of the diferent animations almost the same or the same so people will have fun using them as well as being effective.keep it up and this might be the best battlefield series yet(coming from someone who has played all of them online).just my opinion:D

  • Brutto72 08.24.13 at 09:00

    Dice you are….

  • Brutto72 08.24.13 at 08:48

    Kapēc autmoātiem, kuriem ir priekšējais rokturis, satvērienā roka atrodas tieši tāpat kā ieročiem kuriem nav tāds rokturis?!
    Dice modelētāji nav spējīgi kaut ko tādu izstrādāt?
    Kapēc tad MOHa ar to viss ir kārtībā?!

  • Skater_Ricky 08.24.13 at 04:49

    I’m really enjoying the new Map of Paracel Storm. It reminds me of Battlefield 1943. I really enjoy island styled maps. But I wish it had a big island for Tank fights as well.

  • Haibane 08.24.13 at 04:48

    Guys, please, PLEASE, focus a lot on vehicle free or vehicle light maps.

    Honestly, CQ, scavenger mode, seine crossing and the like are where the fun lies in BF3. It’s not really fun to play infantry and having so many vehicles everywhere all the time that can rape everyone easily.

    Infantry maps are where the skill is, people are all on equal footing, same chances to shine for every single player. CQ proved that BF is the best for that so, please, make an infantry mode for all maps… cuz spending ur time trying to kill the 3 players that are not sitting in a tank or helo as an assault or support is not fun at all.

    • Skater_Ricky 08.24.13 at 04:57

      I disagree with your statement. There’s allot of Battlefield fans out there that play Battlefield for the vehicle warfare in Conquest Mode. I myself play Battlefield for that reason alone. And there will be Infantry maps in BF4 in Dragon’s Teeth Map pack. If you still don’t like that my suggestion would be to play COD. Sorry but Battlefield is all about the all out Vehicle warfare. TIP: Stick with your squad and work with your team and stick to the objectives.

  • Bush_Killa-73 08.23.13 at 21:58

    You should re-visit Titan mode with a sinkable Battleship that you can board. Veterans & new fans of the series would love it!

    Also will we finally get the Commo Rose for next gen? Maybe utilsing the PS4 controller’s touch pad for example?

    • Joao611 08.23.13 at 23:09

      I agree. Even if they can’t get the Titan mode in the base game in time (which is understandable now with just 2 months until the release date…), they should try to do it in the Naval DLC, it’d be sucha epic addition to BF4!

  • wWaAVve 08.23.13 at 21:52

    I have a PS4 Controller Question for the Devs:
    Will you incorporate the touchpad, for example using it for menus or commander mode?
    What other functions will you incorporate into touch pad?
    I haven’t seen any info on this so please let us know if you can. Thanks.

  • SamRock 08.23.13 at 17:48

    Hi DICE…
    Thsi mode looks really really intersting! I always loved RUSH.. even voted for it now.. I am glad you merged it to make a new mode where both team are defending and attacking.

    However I noticed the CTF mode is not listed. Will this mdoe not come back to BF4? I think it was a refreshing mode that made BF3 more enjoyable. 90% of the ENd Game servers run CTF mode.

    • TheChewyness 08.23.13 at 17:51

      They said this morning on the livestream that CTF wouldn’t be in the vanilla game. It looks like obliteration will kind of play out like a CTF/Rush hybrid though, so that should be fun.

  • Gonzai99 08.23.13 at 17:47

    This game gets better and better everyday! Defuse sounds very awsome I can’t wait to find out more! I always though how awsome a single life game mode would be on battlefield.

  • MarquisRai 08.23.13 at 17:44

    I appreciate you guys innovating and doing new things – but I play battlefield for the signature CONQUEST mode!

  • Collision_TN 08.23.13 at 17:42

    Show us “Defuse” game mode so we can see Counter-Strike in large maps and Frostbite 3 engine lol.
    What’s “Domination” game mode ? It is also new and I never seen it and its name is similar to “Conquest Domination” in BF3 CQ DLC.

    • SamRock 08.23.13 at 17:48

      Yes its similar to CQD from the CQ DLC

    • [DICE] H Brun 08.23.13 at 17:49

      “Domination” in BF4 is the same game mode as “Conquest Domination” that debuted in BF3 Close Quarters. With minor tweaks.

  • PaiSand 08.23.13 at 17:22

    So, the new game-modes are just Counter Strike modes with a BF twist.