Electronic Arts wowed the crowd at the 2013 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco with a live demo of Battlefield 4, the newest version of its wartime first-person shooter title.
EA-owned developer Dice said the game will arrive this autumn for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. According to Slashgear, it will not be available for the Nintendo Wii U, but is expected for the upcoming PS4.
Excited gamers don't have to be in California to catch a glimpse of the upcoming title, though. EA released a whopping 17-minute gameplay trailer (see top), complete with foul-mouthed soldiers and intensely realistic visuals, set to the paradoxical tune of Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart."
"Battlefield 4 is a genre-defining action blockbuster made from moments that blur the line between game and glory," according to the official Battlefield 4 website.
The 17 minute "Fishing in Baku" video provides an exclusive look at the title's "dynamic destructible environments, epic vehicular combat, and the chaos of all-out war," Dice said.
After four iterations, the Battlefield experience could become tired, but Battlefield 4 provides some new features to keep players interested. According to the Escapist, players can strategise better by commanding squadmates toward specific targets in a gunfight. Additionally, social leaderboards keep track of scores and ranks users among their friends.
"Battlefield 4 is a seminal moment for the series and for us at Dice," the company said in a blog post. "We have long been known for our award-winning multiplayer. This time around, we are bringing the best elements of our multiplayer into the single player campaign."
The result: "Huge environments, a playground of destruction, access to an arsenal of vehicles, and the ability to direct squad mates — all within the single player campaign," Dice said, calling Battlefield 4 the company's most human, dramatic, and believable game yet.
Battlefield 4 is available now for pre-order. Gamers can pick up a PC edition for £39.99, while PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions will cost £44.99. Those who pre-order will get a premium expansion pack.
Can't wait for the autumn release? Battlefield 3 Premium members and registered owners of Medal of Honor Warfighter limited or deluxe editions can join the Battlefield 4 beta. Those who pre-order the new digital deluxe version on Origin will also get early access. Dice promised more details "at a later date."