DICE has revealed their second post in “The Road to Battlefield 4” blog series, outlining a number of new changes coming to the multiplayer side of their destructible FPS which includes a look at the new Field Upgrade system and changes to the core gameplay.
The most promiment feature in this new blog post is the first look at each faction's multiplayer kits (Assault, Engineer, Support and Recon) for each of the three countries - Russia, America and China. Core Gameplay Designer Alan Kertz reveals that each of the four kits has been reimagined to offer increased customization options, with the ability to quickly and easily change on the fly.
Going into Battlefield 4, we knew we wanted to take the four playable classes from Battlefield 3 as a starting point. We’ve tweaked them to be more versatile and more highly specialized within their fields. Now more than ever, you can explore a wide range of combat roles and sub-roles when picking your load out and kit.
Alongside the kit changes comes more mobility says Kertz, revealing that changes to gadgets have enabled players to utilise these options but still contain their mobility. Battlefield 4 will see the introduction of all-new gadgets like the Portable Laser Designator, and adding new portable First Aid and Ammo Packs to help push for mobility in each kit.
The Field Upgrade system was also talked about in detail, revealing that each of the playable kits: Engineer, Recon, Assault, and Support, have four upgrade careers to choose between. Two of these are global and usable for any kit – one of them focusing on Offense and one on Defense.
The focus on specifically squad-related actions means that the biggest rewards come from sticking with your squad and being a great team player. However, if your entire squad is wiped out, you will lose some of your progress in the upgrade path. Finally, Lone Wolves can still benefit from the base specialization since it’s always unlocked and available.
Check out the full blog entry
for the clearer picture on just what Battlefield 4 will be changing in their multiplayer battles.