Ah, you missed it. There was a second-long assault happening right here, but now it’s done. Looked spectacular, I can tell you - there was a bang, and then all the buildings started to fall over - sorry, levolve - and then it was over. It was impossible to tell who was winning, and the futility of modern warfare briefly washed over me like dishwater from the washing-up bowl of eternity.
But as you’re here, why not watch some of the various videos shot by YouTube names at a recent EA event in Guildford? Between them, you’ll get a good idea of how four of Battlefield 3’s best-remembered maps have been rekitted for inclusion in Battlefield 4’s Second Assault DLC.
First up is Operation Metro, captured by LevelCapGaming, which now features a collapsible pile of baguettes in a chokepoint patisserie.
Next is jackfrags’ look at Caspian Border, in which we’re told the ship of Prince Caspian himself, the Dawn Treader, can be seen crashing into a hitherto unseen shore.
Now comes GameRiot’s account of Operation Firestorm, in which player actions can now trigger a map-wide oil spill, leaving helpless players flapping about like bewildered birds.
And finally, here’s jackfrags again, pottering about the newly revamped Gulf of Oman. Early reports suggest that a ravine opens up midway through the match, swallowing up every last player like that bit with the stadium in the last Batman.
Alright: I may have lied, about key details, in every single case. But it is true that four of Battlefield’s most-beloved maps have been rejigged to take advantage of Battlefield 4’s levelution features. That’s a good thing, right?
Second Assault’s PC release is at least a month away, thanks to a timed exclusivity deal for the Xbox One. It’ll also reintroduce dune buggies and Capture the Flag.