The beta for Battlefield 4
has concluded, and DICE is taking the feedback it received from it and making direct changes as a result. It’s refreshing to see a beta net tangible fixes and changes ahead of the launch of the game, isn’t it?
Below is a list of improvements based directly off feedback and occurrences in the beta. We’ve shortened it ourselves to only include issues relevant to Xbox 360. Rest assured, problems specific to the PC will likely be a learning experience for DICE, and should help them incase issues arise on Xbox 360 or Xbox One at a future date. We felt posting a smaller wall of text that excluded the PC info was more relevant to our community.
Controller layouts (X360/PS3)
We’ve increased the available controller options in Battlefield 4, including the new controller layout and multiple alternatives that we hope will make you feel right at home. If you’re more comfortable with the controls from Battlefield 3, we’ve got you covered. Just by bringing up the options menu, you can choose the “Veteran” layout, which is similar to that in Battlefield 3.
Empty server listings (X360/PS3)
While in the Server Browser you may have seen lists of empty servers. By changing the filter options, you’ll be able to find populated servers that you can join. You can also use the “Quick Match” function to quickly get into the action.
The elevator catapult (All platforms)
Although an interesting concept, elevators were never designed to act as a catapult or teleporter. The bug where the elevator button would catapult you up into the air is fixed for the final game. But we did enjoy all the crazy videos you’ve posted. Thanks!
We are still balancing gameplay, and in true DICE fashion will continue to do so well after the release of Battlefield 4. Below are just some of the gameplay changes based on your feedback that we’re making in time for the launch of the game.
-Fixed how the player only receives a single local damage sound effect if he or she was the victim of a quick, clean kill. The sound and camera impact effect had too long a cool down between hits. This should improve the responsiveness of being killed and taking damage.
-Reduced the fire rate of the AK12 in burst from 1000rpm to 750rpm. The rate of fire was too high when combined with the low recoil of the weapon, making it more powerful than intended in burst mode.
-Tweaked the compensator and muzzle brake so they’re properly less accurate in sustained automatic fire.
-Reduced and rebalanced full auto accuracy based on rate of fire for all automatic weapons to balance low ROF weapons. Low ROF weapons were remaining accurate long enough to get easy kills outside of their intended optimal range.
-Increased the default throw distance of the portable ammo and med packs. This makes it easier to throw these packs to teammates.
-Portable ammo packs now reload 2 magazines of bullets instantly and up a total of 4 magazines per pack over time. The player must stay on top of the ammo pack in order to benefit from all of the ammo reloading. Grenades, RPGs, and other explosive launchers do not benefit from the instant reload function of the Ammo Pack.
-Increased the muzzle flash of the 25mm and 40mm launchers to make their threat position more visible.
-Fixed an issue where the knife stab didn’t align with the kill event.
-The revive time has been increased from 7s to 10s.
-Fixed some descriptions of weapons for vehicles that incorrectly described the function of the weapon.
-Increased the damage of the Stinger and IGLA to 3 hits to kill attack choppers (was 25%, now 35%).
-Increased the speed of all TOW guided missiles to 75m/s from 50m/s so they can catch-up to fast vehicles like the Quad bike.
-Increased the sustained fire accuracy of the Coaxial LMG on armored vehicles because it was underpowered.
-Reduced the damage the 40mm and 25mm infantry weapons do to armored vehicles to highlight their anti-infantry role.
-Reduced the damage main gun on the IFVs against other armor to highlight their primarily anti-infantry role.
-Fixed an issue where the tank main gun did not correctly hit the center of the crosshair at all times.
-Multiple options are now available for controlling how your vehicles steer with a joystick on all platforms, as well as improved the responsiveness of steering while accelerating.
Locking Weapon Changes
-RPG7 and SMAW can no longer lock on to Laser Designated Targets. It was inauthentic and not balanced.
-Fixed some projectiles not warning vehicles when they were fired on a Laser Designated target. Reduced the lock on distance for MBT LAW missiles to 350m from 500m. This gives the IGLA the clear long range AA role for soldiers, and keeps the team play element of Laser Designation.
-All Laser Designated missiles now do a maximum of 90% damage to Attack and Scout helicopters (down from 100%). This was done to give helicopters a chance to use their Fire Extinguisher countermeasure even against Laser Designated weapons.
-The kill string in the score log now appears sooner, making the UI more responsive to a kill event.
-The aim assist on X360/PS3 has been tweaked to be more consistent at all ranges. The assist was over powerful at close range, and not powerful enough at medium range. Players should now find that close combat requires much more player input and the snap to a target is far less forgiving. At medium range the player should experience a bit more assistance tracking targets, but generally still reduced aim assist effectiveness.
If you participated in the beta and experienced something you would like to share with the developer, be sure to visit EA’s Battlelog Beta forum
to sound off. DICE promises continued support for Battlefield 4
post-launch so your input is valuable and appreciated.Battlefield 4
charges onto Xbox 360 starting October 29th in North America, and then November 1st in Europe. The game will also be available on November 22nd for the launch of Xbox One.