EA and DICE unveil Battlefield 4 Premium, a bundle for their upcoming
military shooter sequel offering a DLC
subscription, early access, and other perks. They also announce plans for a
in October, saying this will be open to all platforms, with three days of early
access for those who pre-order the Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe Edition
or who own either Battlefield 3 Premium, Medal of Honor Warfighter
Digital Deluxe, or Medal of Honor Warfighter Limited Edition (but
apparently not Battlefield 4 Premium). There is a new
Paracel Storm multiplayer
trailer on the
Battlefield Blog along with details on premium and the beta, saying of the
latter: "DICE GM Karl-Magnus Troedsson also revealed the Battlefield 4 open
beta. Available for all gamers on PC, X360, and PS4, the beta will feature the
Siege of Shanghai map in the classic Battlefield Conquest mode. Battlefield 3
Premium members and those who pre-order the Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe Edition
will have access to the exclusive beta early October for three days. Following
that, the open beta will kick off. This will be the perfect opportunity for
everyone to Prepare 4 Battle before the October 29 launch." They also offer
this trailer hyping the
premium bundle. Here's a rundown on all of that along with word on Battlefield 4
Battlepacks, and the "all-new layer of persistence and an exciting element of
chance" they add to the game's multiplayer progression system:
COLOGNE, Germany – Aug. 20, 2013 – DICE, an
Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) studio, today announced Battlefield 4™
Premium, an exclusive membership for Battlefield™ fans that provides a wealth of
new content to keep the action going all year long. Battlefield 4 Premium
members will receive five themed digital expansion packs: Battlefield 4 China
Rising, Battlefield 4 Second Assault, Battlefield 4 Naval Strike, Battlefield 4
Dragon’s Teeth and Battlefield 4 Final Stand; and will also be granted two-weeks
early access* to each. With Battlefield 4 Premium, DICE will serve up weekly
content and unique personalization options so players can dominate the
battlefield in style.
“Fan reaction to Battlefield 3 Premium has been nothing short of amazing. We are
humbled to see more than 4 million people join in,” said Patrick Bach, Executive
Producer, Battlefield 4. “With Battlefield 4 Premium we continue to roll out the
red carpet, treating our fans like VIPs with a massive amount of new gameplay,
exclusive new content and even more benefits at an incredible value.”
Battlefield 4 Premium membership includes five digital expansion packs**
featuring new multiplayer maps and in-game content:
Battlefield 4 Second Assault – Includes four fan-favorite
Battlefield 3™ maps now re-imagined with the power of Frostbite™ 3.
Available first on Xbox One.
Battlefield 4 China Rising – Players fight for dominance across the
vast and majestic Chinese mainland. Available December 2013.
Battlefield 4 Naval Strike – Experience dynamic ocean combat as the
Chinese armada takes the fight to the sea. Available Spring 2014.
Battlefield 4 Dragon’s Teeth – The US strikes back engaging in
all-out urban warfare. Available Summer 2014.
Battlefield 4 Final Stand – Bring the war to its epic conclusion.
Available Summer 2014.
Two-weeks early access to all expansion packs for that competitive edge
Unique personalization options including camos, paints, emblems, dogtags
Priority position in server queues
New content every week
12 bonus Battlefield 4 Battlepacks
Transfer Battlefield 4 Premium membership from Xbox 360 to Xbox One and
PlayStation 3 to PlayStation 4
Battlefield 4 Battlepacks add an all-new layer of persistence and an exciting
element of chance to the multiplayer progression system in Battlefield 4.
Through the course of a player’s multiplayer career, they will receive packs
containing random combinations of new camos, dog tags, knives, XP boosts, and
gun attachments. In addition to what players will earn in-game through normal
play, Battlefield 4 Premium members will receive the 12 bonus Battlefield 4
DICE also announced today the Battlefield 4 multiplayer beta*** will start in
early October and will be exclusive for Battlefield 3 Premium owners, those that
pre-ordered Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe, and owners of Medal of Honor
Warfighter Digital Deluxe and Medal of Honor Warfighter Limited Edition for
three days. Following that, DICE will host an open beta for all gamers worldwide
and will feature the Siege of Shanghai map on the popular Conquest mode. Players
will experience the next level of all-out warfare with a new design concept
called Levolution, which creates a dynamic environment that reacts to the
player’s every move to ensure no two games are alike. The Battlefield 4
multiplayer beta will be available for the Xbox 360® games and entertainment
system from Microsoft, the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC.
Battlefield 4 will be available October 29 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and
PC. Battlefield 4 will also be available for Xbox One®, the all-in-one games and
entertainment system from Microsoft, and the PlayStation®4 at a later date.
Battlefield 4 Premium will be available on these platforms for $50. All owners
of Battlefield 4 will be able to bring their gameplay stats from the Xbox 360 to
Xbox One and from the PlayStation 3 to PlayStation 4. Battlefield 4 Premium
membership will also be transferrable.
I really enjoy BF3 and still play it with my mates so this is a sure buy for us. Even at $100 with Premium, that is fair value to me considering how many fun hours I get out of it. Each customer has to decide on their own what their $:happies is.
As for hacking, I don't know what you guys are complaining about. Just play on servers with active admins. When we do see a hacker, which definitely isn't nearly as often as you folks seem to be experiencing them, they just get banned within a few minutes. No anti-cheat system is perfect (least of which is Punkbuster), good admins will always be the best line of defense.
Anyway, to each their own. See ya's on the Battlefield! (or not!)