Upcoming Battlefield 4 Title Update Detailed, Coming September
Developer DICE has revealed the next upcoming title update for Battlefield 4, which will be released some time in September. The update will feature numerous tweaks and improvements to the first-person shooter. Battlefield 4 needs to hold out until next year’s release of Battlefield: Hardline, which was delayed into 2015.
The ability to customize your HUD will be added with the upcoming title update. DICE says it will help “make your screen much less cluttered.” Soldier movements have also been altered to better match those seen in Battlefield 3.
It’s a little odd to see an update reverting a game to the last entry in the franchise.
The full list of improvements coming in the title update includes:
- Game Mode Improvements: General improvements and tweaks have been made to the following game modes: Rush, Obliteration, Obliteration Competitive, Capture the Flag and Carrier Assault.
- Visual Recoil: Close and medium range optic reticules do not move with the gun any longer, however both bullet spread and bullet drop are still present
- Soldier Movement: Changes have been made to soldier movement so that it closely matches the one in Battlefield 3, but without compromising the visual fidelity. This change also makes it easier to get away from undesirable firefights. Additionally, we’ve dampened third person hit reactions where the soldier previously moved his head around a lot when getting shot at
- HUD Triage: Focusing on clarity, and de-cluttering the HUD/UI to only show what is important – we have added several options and functionality to make your screen much less cluttered (and give you a lot of choice in making it the way you want).
- Revive Mechanic Improvements: A special effort went into making revives easier to use, more robust and easier to understand. Additions include a “fully charged” paddle sound, UI indication on revive time and better networked ragdolls.
- “Netcode” Improvements: Making ping differences, trade kills and kills behind cover less of an issue by lowering the time allowed to damage on the client side. Automatic High Frequency Update setting enforced with the intent of release to all platforms, including Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Improvements to bullet damage times from client to client, “dusting” and de-syncs.
- Vehicle Balance: Identifying and tweaking the top vehicles in need of buffs and nerfs.
- Weapon Balance: We’ve focused on maintaining a consistent Time To Kill (how long an average engagement lasts for). With the changes to visual recoil, the third person hit reactions and improved “tickrates” has been sped up somewhat as we still need to balance this with damage and recoil changes. Suppression systems has also been re-tuned and made clearer.
DICE is currently working on improvements to the Commander mode, Squads, and Field Upgrades.