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Star Wars: Battlefront has 12 multiplayer locations, including planets never seen in the films

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Star Wars: Battlefront has 12 multiplayer locations, including planets never seen in the films

DICE have offered up a little more detail on their huge Star Wars: Battlefront project, including the number of multiplayer maps we can expect to play on: 12. Many of them will be familiar locations from the films, such as Endor and Hoth, but others are set on planets only mentioned by characters or featured in books. One of such planets will be Sullust, a rocky, lava-scorched world. 

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Star Wars: Battlefront is not a re-skin of Battlefield says producer

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Star Wars: Battlefront is not a re-skin of Battlefield says producer

There seems to be a popular opinion out there on the internet that EA and DICE’s new Star Wars Battlefront game is simply a re-skin of the Battlefield games. It’s an opinion that’s got Jesper Nielsen, an assistant producer on the game, a bit upset. He took to Reddit to explain his grievances. 

"I simply don't get the Battlefield re-skin comment," he said.

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Star Wars: Battlefront wants to impress you with its Lucasfilm endorsed authenticty

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Star Wars: Battlefront wants to impress you with its Lucasfilm endorsed authenticty

DICE have been working away on Battlefront to try and ensure it is a photo and audio realistic depiction of a galaxy far, far away. To make sure the details are perfect down to the individual pixel and note, the developer team have been globe trotting. They've visited the location sets of the Star Wars trilogy's greatest battles, scoured the warehouses that contain the original props, and dropped by Skywalker Sound to take a listen to the films' original audio. The adventures have all been captured in a series of developer diaries, the first one of which you can watch right now.  

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Star Wars Battlefront's unveiling will be live streamed during the Star Wars Celebration

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Star Wars Battlefront's unveiling will be live streamed during the Star Wars Celebration

The Star Wars Celebration kicks off tomorrow, and there’s quite a lot to celebrate, most notably the new trilogy that begins later this year – I’ve already started planning my costume because you don’t go to a new Star Wars movie dressed like a respectable adult – and DICE’s Star Wars Battlefront reboot. 

If you’re not going to be in Anaheim tomorrow, you won’t be left out. 30 hours of video from the convention will be live streamed, including the most important bits. 

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Battlefield Heroes is closing on July 14th: "The time is right to retire this veteran game"

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Battlefield Heroes is closing on July 14th: "The time is right to retire this veteran game"

Battlefield Heroes, the low-spec, free-to-play spin-off conceived by DICE half a decade ago, is shuffling off its colourful coil before the summer ends. People liked it: its playerbase grew steadily to hit 10 million in 2012. But EA and current custodians Easy Studios have decided that now is the time to stop the service “in its entirety".

“Battlefield Heroes is an older title that is not as popular as it once was," said EA.

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EA's Johan Andersson wants Frostbite games to require Windows 10 and DirectX 12 as a minimum by 2016

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EA's Johan Andersson wants Frostbite games to require Windows 10 and DirectX 12 as a minimum by 2016

EA’s own technical director on the Frostbite engine, Johan Andersson, has revealed that he has high hopes for the future of games running the tech. If Andersson had his way, Frostbite games would have minimum requirements of Windows 10 and the new DirectX 12 by the end of 2016.

“[It’s] likely a bit aggressive, but [has] major benefits" explained Andersson.

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Someone’s managed to slap together their own version of the Frostbite Engine

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Someone’s managed to slap together their own version of the Frostbite Engine

EA dropped mod support from their games almost a decade ago, long before they adopted the Frostbite Engine as their main development tool. For years modders have been asking for access to gain the ability to add to the Battlefield games.

Well, rather than gain access to the engine, one coder’s made their own engine that can edit Frostbite-compiled levels.

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Battlefield 4 Spring Update adds Gun Master game mode and a new weapons crate

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Battlefield 4 Spring Update adds Gun Master game mode and a new weapons crate

If you thought Battlefield: Hardline would put a stop to DICE updating Battlefield 4, you’d be very wrong. The games first Spring Update brings with it an old favourite game mode from Battlefield 3: Gun Master - players cycle through pre-determined guns through scoring kills, until a player finishes the challenge. Also in is a new weapons crate, which will contain five new weapons; one of which is a “classic lever-action rifle", while another is a “fan-favourite Russian assault rifle".

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Star Wars Battlefront will be unveiled at the Star Wars Celebration next month

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Star Wars Battlefront will be unveiled at the Star Wars Celebration next month

I didn’t think it could happen, but I’m excited about Star Wars again. I’m even watching Star Wars Rebels, which turned out to be surprisingly brilliant. And we’ve got the first of the new trilogy and a new Star Wars Battlefront, so we’re basically rolling in Jedi. 

After over a year of teasing, concept art and talk of maps, Star Wars Battlefront’s getting a proper reveal very soon. Next month, in fact, at the Star Wars Celebration.

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Battlefield 4 Winter Update brings about "more exact" man-shooting via netcode upgrade

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Battlefield 4 Winter Update brings about "more exact" man-shooting via netcode upgrade

Accuracy is as important to DICE as it is to the snipers holed up in the skyscrapers of Battlefield 4 and the lady counting your change at the takeaway. The Swedish studio are determined to match up the experience you’re having with the one h3isenb0rg is having at the other end of the internet, and finally put to rest the frownsome business of being killed when behind cover.

To that end, DICE have made “major improvements" to Battlefield 4’s network layer in their Winter Update - and say better netcode will clear the way for “more exact" multiplayer on all sides.

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Make a map with DICE in Battlefield 4

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Make a map with DICE in Battlefield 4

Despite its name, last year’s Final Stand is not the end point in the development of the once wonky, now apparently improved shooter. DICE plans to continue throwing new content at the game, from game updates to big content packs.

One of those updates will be a map, designed by DICE in collaboration with the community. It’s an extension of the Community Test Environment, with players being promised a chance to shape the map through testing and feedback.

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Star Wars Battlefront rumours suggest huge campaign and saga-spanning multiplayer

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Star Wars Battlefront rumours suggest huge campaign and saga-spanning multiplayer

DICE are holding onto the secrets of their Star Wars Battlefront development tighter than Darth Vader grips throats, but an information leak may be our first real glimpse into what’s going on behind the bulkhead doors. Fan site Making Star Wars - better known for normally reliable film news - has grabbed some information and published it. 

If the information proves right, Battlefront is huge: spanning from the days of the Clone Wars, through the years of Imperial reign, past the Battle of Endor, and right up to the doorstep of the upcoming seventh film: The Force Awakens. 

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Star Wars Battlefront's maps, from Hoth to Endor, will each be built for specific game modes

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Star Wars Battlefront's maps, from Hoth to Endor, will each be built for specific game modes

Star Wars Battlefront seems so very far, far away, with its holiday 2015 release window. But you can at least sate yourself on the few tidbits that DICE is willing to offer until that inevitable push happens around E3. 

According to design director Niklas Fegraeus, the maps of battlefront, which include locations like Endor (the forest moon of) and Hoth, will be built with specific modes in mind and they’ll have different scales. 

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The Battlefield 4 kraken is dead, Paracel Storm easter egg is no more

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The Battlefield 4 kraken is dead, Paracel Storm easter egg is no more

The hunt for the mythological, subaquatical beast that's been hiding somewhere in Battlefield 4's Paracel Storm map has come to a disappointingly kraken-free conclusion. Not because it's been found, captured and shipped in chains to New York to be displayed on stage, but because DICE have simply up and erased it from existence.

All clues pointing towards the existence of the kraken have been rubbed out, and all means of triggering the secret levolution event have been unceremoniously deleted. Paracel Storm is now officially krakenless. Boo.

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Battlefield 4's Final Stand now being stood by premium players, trailered for the rest of us

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Battlefield 4's Final Stand now being stood by premium players, trailered for the rest of us

This is how Battlefield 4’s post-release schedule ends: not with a bang, but - okay, there are a couple of bangs in the trailer.

DICE’s Final Stand DLC arrives today for Premium players, and takes us to the really cold bits of Eastern Europe. Gruff Americans have declared a not-so-covert war on Russia, who are arming for the next levolution - sorry, evolution - in warfare. But really, the snowy setting is an excuse to recreate the vibe of Battlefield 2142 in Battlefield 4.

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