We're still months away from the October debut of Battlefield 4, but a handful of new announcements (plus an awesome live demonstration) likely left millions of gamers looking at their calendars to figure out exactly how much longer they'll be forced to wait for the Battlefield 4 release date to arrive.
With the official launch of the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo less than 24 hours away, Electronic Arts executives and more than 4000 members of the media assembled at Los Angeles' famed Shrine Auditorium for the company's annual pre-E3 press conference. Of course, while plenty of folks were thrilled to see games like Need for Speed Rivals or FIFA 14, you could practically feel the excitement in the room when the EA presentation turned the spotlight on Battlefield 4. Both the game's single and multiplayer components received time in the limelight on Thursday, though we suspect that the multiplayer demo will ultimately be what people are talking about in the weeks leading up to the Battlefield 4 release date.
It's only been a few weeks since Electronic Arts representatives hopped on Facebook to confirm the Battlefield 4 release date, and reveal the Battlefield 4 China Rising DLC which is being given as a freebie to those who pre-order the game. Outside of those few details, relatively little was known about Battlefield 4, with Electronic Arts presumably waiting until both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One were public knowledge before moving forward with game promotion.
The Battlefield 4 portion of the show ended in fairly epic fashion too, with a group of 64 previously-chosen gamers taking the stage to offer a live demonstration of a 64-player Battlefield 4 multiplayer match for the thousands of journalists attending Electronic Arts' presentation at the Shrine Auditorium. The brief demonstration served as an excellent demonstration of DICE's new Frostbite 3 engine in-action, never seeming to struggle with the action unfolding all over the map.
The match ended with a shot of one team razing a skyscraper inhabited by several members of their opposition -- a tactic which will presumably work with any/every structure in the game -- before cutting back to the Battlefield 4 logo and massive applause from the audience.
Unfortunately, when it comes to new information, the Battlefield 4 announcement during Electronic Arts' pre-E3 presentation was surprisingly lacking. Of course, when part of your stage-time is dedicated to a 64-person deathmatch, we guess it doesn't leave as much time for wowing the crowd with facts about the game. Plus, speculating about what DICE might have planned for naval combat on/after the Battlefield 4 release date should be enough to keep diehard fans content for at least a few days.
Check out the Battlefield 4 footage shown by EA on Monday:
Electronic Arts and DICE are expected to release on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC, with no plans for a Nintendo Wii U version of the game at this time. Be sure to check back with iDigitalTimes.com and follow Scott on Twitter for all the latest Battlefield 4 release date news as we continue to count down the days until the game's launch on October 29.
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