While we count down the days until the official reveal of DICE’s upcoming next-generation FPS titled Battlefield 4 at this years GDC event, an anonymous source on the Chiphell forums
(thanks WCCF Tech
) has apparently leaked various details from the upcoming April issue of Edge magazine.
According to the rumoured leaks, the upcoming next-gen FPS title will be coming out on Novemeber 2013 and will be running on both current-gen and next-gen platforms plus PC. It will utilise the Frostbite 2.5 engine which includes an 80% power increase over the previous 2.0 engine. The new engine would also feature much more enhanced visuals with PC being the lead platform for the game. The leak also mentions that next-gen consoles will be running at 60FPS, however only at a visual level of 720p, not the previously rumoured 1080p. DICE will apparently utilise the next-gen capabilities and allow 64-player support on maps, with current-gen consoles sticking to 24-player support.
Among the rumoured details is also DirectX 11 support for PC, pushing the graphical fidelity higher then what we found in Battlefield 3. Dynamic weather has also been introduced according to the anonymous leaker, which will include weather effects such as rain, sandstorms, fog, haze and would be totally random. Each map will apparently gain different weather effects, and will change according to conditions. Destruction is apparently back, however this time using the previous Destruction 4.0 that was last seen in Battlefield: Bad Company 2 with PC players benefiting from more realistic and dynamic destruction. Various environmental tweaks include water, terrain and NPCs/characters utilising tessellation effects thanks to the Frostbite 2.5 engine.
The leaks have also revealed that the game will be set in 2020, revolving around a modern day setting with China and USA as main factions. The single player is supposedly at 5-6 hours long, featuring 2 campaigns of the PLA factions and will also re-introduce the animation effects of the Bad Company series. Players can also expect a map similar to Caspian Border, set in Shanghai China with the Orient Pearl tower collapsing at the end of the map.
Various multiplayer details were also revealed, including a short list of some of the maps that will be featured in Battlefield 4:
New weapons include the famous Chinese J20, Y20 and Xianglong while two tanks have been confirmed - M1A2 TUSK and PLA Type 99 - each featuring their own set of customization options such as laser guidance and armor piercing rounds. The Commander system that many have long enjoyed from Battlefield 2 will apparently be making its way back into Battlefield 4, with "the commander providing fire, recharges and UAV detection support to their team."
The leak also mentions various micro-transactions that will be featured in the new FPS title, however are apparently entirely option and not affect the game at all. The first DLC map pack has also been leaked, which will come out some time after the initial release:
Power station in Dalian
Daqing oil field
The great wall of China
Wake Island (Classic Battlefield Map)
While it is definitely sounding like a promising FPS, we will have to wait for the official word from DICE on whether these are legitimate leaks or not, which we can expect on March 26th at GDC so stay tuned for more.