Editor's note: Dave was on hand at the Battlefield 4 reveal in San Francisco Tuesday night. We asked him to jot down some thoughts for us discussing what the air of the event was like. -N
So you no doubt have heard about Battlefield 4 by now, so this should be no surprise. But in case you haven’t here is a quick crash course: Battlefield 4 is a thing. The end.
Tonight was the big reveal, they gathered a bunch of press and basically said “If you want to check out our new game all you have to do is come and see it!” So we did, and as it turns out, so did many others. In the crowd I managed to pick out some people from around the community; guys from Machinima, Twitch, Rev3 and some of your favorite YouTube personalities including xJawz, TmarTn, Woodysgamertag, Whiteboy7thst, IIJERiiCHOII, Chris_Smoove and Muzzafuzza among many others.
The event took place at the Metreon Theater in downtown San Francisco, and after waiting in a huge line that made its way up a flight of stairs and onto the next floor and then some, we all finally made it into the theater before we were greeted by the stars of the night, Digital Illusions CE - more fondly known as DICE. Rather than a lengthy speech we were told that DICE would rather have the game speak for itself.
It certainly did.
The whole experience was phenomenal, the music started playing and when the text “Fishing in Baku” came up everyone chuckled. But we were quick to pipe down as the story started to unfold. As you can see for yourself the game looks beautiful. Frostbite 3 was on display in all of its glory throughout the entire gameplay sequence and was more than impressive.
Once it was done we were greeted once again by DICE, who told us that they really wanted to focus on three major points with Battlefield 4; Narrative, Human, Dramatic elements. About how the game is about emotional connections, not polygons. About connecting to the characters around and how you affect the world. To get away from world politics and start focusing on you the player participating in epic and dramatic moments.
He went on to tell us about how they improved upon the campaign by introducing features and gameplay styles from multiplayer. More dynamic events, and with an unmatched team play experience. Shortly after that the event was topped off with the newly released trailer and then we were asked to come join them upstairs for a cocktail party.
All in all, it was a fun experience and really cool to see some of the people who made it out to the event. The game looks fantastic and I can't wait to get my hands on the beta.