Let’s get right to the goods on this one: the Battlefield 4 Multiplayer Beta is slated to hit in early October, and it’s going to open up exclusively to Battlefield 3 Premium edition owners, Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe pre-orderers, and Medal of Honor Warfighter Digital Deluxe / Limited Edition owners. Chances are if you’re interested in this series (as I am) you went ahead and picked up BF3 during one of the recent 5-dollar sales or Humble Bundle features, so if so you’re already in position to buy your way into this beta by all accounts, though keep in mind this is only a three-day exclusive – after which it’s just a regular open beta. Details about Battlefield 4’s premium edition have also been released, listed below – right alongside the brand new trailer coming hot on the heels of all this news. This one’s heading for an October 29th release, which isn’t all that far away – and some of these premium player offers actually look enticing.
But hey, don’t take my word for it. Look over the list yourself:
Battlefield 4 Premium membership includes five digital expansion packs** featuring new multiplayer maps and in-game content:
- Battlefield 4 Second Assault – Includes four fan-favorite Battlefield 3™ maps now re-imagined with the power of Frostbite™ 3. Available first on Xbox One.
- Battlefield 4 China Rising – Players fight for dominance across the vast and majestic Chinese mainland. Available December 2013.
- Battlefield 4 Naval Strike – Experience dynamic ocean combat as the Chinese armada takes the fight to the sea. Available Spring 2014.
- Battlefield 4 Dragon’s Teeth – The US strikes back engaging in all-out urban warfare. Available Summer 2014.
- Battlefield 4 Final Stand – Bring the war to its epic conclusion. Available Summer 2014.
· Two-weeks early access to all expansion packs for that competitive edge
· Unique personalization options including camos, paints, emblems, dogtags and more
· Priority position in server queues
· New content every week
· 12 bonus Battlefield 4 Battlepacks
. Transfer Battlefield 4 Premium membership from Xbox 360 to Xbox One and PlayStation 3 to PlayStation 4
Nice stuff all around, and I particularly like the transfer option for membership – though it’d be nice if it were a bit broader than ‘just to the next-generation version of the console you currently own’. And with it all comes this trailer highlighting some of the excitement Battlefield 4 has to offer. Guns and explosions, two eternally glorious things.
Victor Grunn has been a gamer since the days of single-button joysticks and the Atari 800XL. When not lamenting the loss of the Ultima series or setting people on fire in Team Fortress 2, he's an aspiring indie game developer and freelance writer.