Players can try out jets or helicopters but can't play locally with friends
DICE has revealed a few more details about Battlefield 4, its upcoming first-person shooter, confirming that it has added a special vehicle test range in the game to let players familiarize themselves with the different machines, and that it won't have a split-screen multiplayer mode.Battlefield 4 is out this October for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360, and in November for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Developer DICE has showcased lots of different details about the game in recent months, including info about its story campaign and its multiplayer experience.
Now, in a special feature on IGN, DICE's Lars Gustavsson has confirmed that, for those players who aren't that confident in their skills with vehicles like jets or helicopters, there will be a special test range where they can come to grips with those machines.
"We’ve definitely heard that people are afraid of getting in there [and using vehicles like helicopters] and that’s not our intent," he said. "So what we’ve done is, we’ve added a test range, which allows you to try out all the hardware ahead of time so that if you want to learn to fly a helicopter you can get in there and you can find the settings that work best for you."
"And then start doing some stunt flights just to feel safe before you go out and get the responsibility of a bunch of other people sitting in your helicopter, so I truly hope that this will help people feel more safe about trying out the whole battlefield."
Sadly, while the test range sounds like a great idea, DICE has removed the split-screen multiplayer experience, as it wants to focus on players meeting up online rather than in real-life.
"What we’re trying to do is really up the visceral experience, the dynamic experience, to give a more complete experience than ever on the battlefield. And with new friend join functionality and a lot of focus on playing together as a squad, and what we’ve done for squads, what we’ve done for commanders, we felt that’s the social gaming focus that we’ve had."
Battlefield 4 is set to receive more details in the very near future.