DICE released a video last night highlighting some of the new features that Battlefield 4′s Battlelog is bringing to the table – and the tablet, smartphone, and console.
Jesper Nielsen, the Assistant Producer of Battlelog, stated that:
“… We’ve really tried to expand the servers to be super integral to the game experience itself; more than something just the PC gamers can enjoy.“
Further detailing the remote features of the smartphone/tablet version, he continued:
“When you’re going home on the bus after work, you can’t wait to get home and play, you go in, you check out the stats for yesterday; you configure a loadout based on that; you find the server you want to play on or see what your friends are playing; and as you get home, you know – you just start it up, you click a button, and you’re basically in there, ready to go.“
Similar to Commander mode, Battlelog will be accessible via PC, console, smartphone, and tablet – as Nielsen already stated. Alongside this expanded integration comes a slew of brand new features that you can see in the video below:
Here’s a list of the confirmed features for the new and improved Battlelog:
This feature allows players to set up their tablet – and I’m assuming their smartphone, but that was unspecified – next to them while they play, as a second screen. This screen connects to the game they’re in and streams real-time information from the game to a full-screen map on the tablet. Further, Oskar Gabrielson, the Producer for Battlelog, elaborated that “… you can see what your squad members are doing, and you can set tac-points on that tablet which will reflect in real-time back to the game.”
Missions are a specific set of challenges that the player can accept, competing with their friends to be at the top of their friends-only leaderboard. Nielsen details the new feautre: “For example, you can set it up and say ‘I want to see who’s actually the best tank destroyer among my friends’, and you will always get notified when someone takes the lead. So that means you can instantly boot up the game and try to claim that number one spot yourself.”
Creating and taking part in Missions allows for almost a trans-gaming experience between players and their friends. Competition is a core part of Battlefield 4, and now players can strive to compete more specifically among their friends.
To save time in-game, the real-time loadout feature lets players take their laptop, tablet, or smartphone, and adjust their vehicle and kit loadouts – all before they respawn. “Once you click that gun and press save,“ Gabrielson explains, “that’s going to get instantly reflected in the game.” This definitely saves time while players are waiting to respawn, or even while they wait for a server to load or experience lag difficulties.
Another feature attached to this announcement is the ability to select a server while you’re already playing in one. Saving time and hassle, Battlelog lets players browse through servers, or find their friends, while negating the need to back out of the current game first. This allows for a smooth, seamless transition between games.
DICE didn’t reveal too many specifics for the GEO leaderboards, but they are basically leaderboards with varying locations for comparison. Players can change the location and specifics of the leaderboards to clarify where they are in terms of the rest of the world, or just one particular area. As an example, Gabrielson clarifies, “As a player, I can compete to be the best tank driver in Stockholm, in Sweden, in Europe, or in the whole world.” He continues by outlining the benefits of such leaderboards: “That’s gonna be a great way, both to compete and rank up, but also to get to know new friends on the battlefield.”
This latest video goes even further to highlight DICE’s dedication to making Battlefield 4 better than its predecessor in every way. From tablet integration, to the new Battlelog, to all the little features that come with it, Gabrielson sums it up perfectly at the end of the video: “With Battlelog you’ll get a deeper, richer Battlefield 4 experience.”
Battlefield 4 releases on October 25th for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.