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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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Final Stand DLC will bring bows to Battlefield 4 with explosive and sniper bolts, say dataminers

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Final Stand DLC will bring bows to Battlefield 4 with explosive and sniper bolts, say dataminers

With another Hunger Games on the horizon and no new Crysis sequel in sight, it’s up to DICE to cater to our primeval bow-and-arrow needs. A recent Battlelog update suggests they’ve obliged with a brand new compound bow for Battlefield 4. Named in the code as the ‘Spyder’, the weapon comes with a range of colourful ammunition for exploding, illuminating or making small holes in your prey.

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DICE: "we lost player trust" because of Battlefield 4 launch

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DICE: "we lost player trust" because of Battlefield 4 launch

It is a matter of public record that Battlefield 4 had a shonky launch, with players, developers and publishers now all in agreement that the DICE shooter touched down with all the grace and elegance of a swan landing on a motorway because it's stupid swan-brain thinks roads look like rivers. Get it together, swans.

But while swans refuse to change their ways or admit to their mistakes, an introspective DICE are admitting that the woeful launch and subsequent issues that have plagued Battlefield 4 have harmed player trust in the series.

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The big, fat Battlefield 4 Premium Edition is only a fortnight away

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The big, fat Battlefield 4 Premium Edition is only a fortnight away

If you wanted to get Battlefield 4 and all of its DLC right now, you’d need to drop just shy of £57. That’s for the Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe Edition and Premium membership, the latter of which is on sale at the moment. Hold onto your money. 

Come October 21st, Battlefield 4 Premium Edition will launch, complete with all the DLC, personalisation options and 12 gold Battlepacks. And it will only set you back £39.99. That’s the same price as the Premium membership. 

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Before the Fall Patch: long-awaited Battlefield 4 fixes due today on Origin

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Before the Fall Patch: long-awaited Battlefield 4 fixes due today on Origin

DICE will implement a “fairly massive" list of Battlefield 4 fixes today. You can tell the 1.16GB update’s a biggie because it has a name rather than a number: the Fall Patch will address many of the issues that’ve most irked players in recent months, including problems with the HUD, ‘netcode’, player movement and peering through reticules.

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Visceral on Battlefield Hardline: "we take shipping a working game pretty seriously"

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Visceral on Battlefield Hardline: "we take shipping a working game pretty seriously"

We can all remember the bug-ridden launch of Battlefield 4, which thankfully has gotten a lot better these days. DICE sure does, and it also extends to Visceral - the developers of the upcoming Battlefield Hardline. Speaking to GameRevolution at this year’s Tokyo Game Show, creative director Ian Milham wants to reassure us that this time it will be different.

“What you're basically asking is, 'Is your game going to work?' and the answer is yes, it's gonna work."

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Battlefield 4 "Autumn Patch" sheds all the bugs; further improves netcode

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Battlefield 4 "Autumn Patch" sheds all the bugs; further improves netcode

It’s time for some spring autumn cleaning in Battlefield 4, and there’s hefty long patch notes to go with it. Most notable is the further improvement to the infamous netcode, which is now set automatically to high as default to all users. A slew of game modes are also being added to Obliteration Competitive sub-game mode. Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper patch without weapon changes too.

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Battlefield 4: Final Stand evokes memories of Battlefield 2142

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Battlefield 4: Final Stand evokes memories of Battlefield 2142

With Final Stand, Battlefield 4’s upcoming piece of DLC, DICE is presenting their vision of the wars of tomorrow while also looking back to Battlefield 2142.

“With Final Stand, we knew from the start that we wanted to evolve the Battlefield experience and offer weapons and vehicles that behave differently than anything else on the battlefield," write DICE’s Kristoffer Bergqvist and David Sirland. “Taking place on the arctic landscape of Russia, where the scientists of today are experimenting with technology that will define the battlefields of tomorrow."

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War is cheap in Battlefield 4: it's free for a week and on sale

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War is cheap in Battlefield 4: it's free for a week and on sale

Battlefield 4 has really struggled to shake off its terrible launch. Even after countless patches and updates, it’s still got that reputation. If you’ve been put off snatching it over fears that it remains broken, then now might be the time to find out if it’s improved. EA is offering up the game for free, for a week. That’s from now until August 14th. 

You can download it from Origin and play the core game and it’s multiplayer without dropping a penny

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