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Battlefield 4 will have helicopter and jet training facilities


Battlefield’s great, isn’t it? All that air-ready hardware lying around, just waiting to be hopped into and flown in the general direction of our enemies. Ace. Only, don’t touch the planes. Too valuable. Or the helicopters, come to think of it. Best leave them to the experts. Maybe just trudge across the grass, let us know where the snipers are. Ta.

You’ll have better luck in Battlefield 4, where budding pilots can plummet repeatedly from the sky without inviting the gnashing of their teammates’ teeth.

“We’ve definitely heard that people are afraid of getting in there [and using vehicles like helicopters] and that’s not our intent,” DICE creative head Lars Gustavsson told IGN. “So what we’ve done is, we’ve added a test range, which allows you to try out all the hardware ahead of time.

“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,” he asserted. “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.

“I truly hope that this will help people feel more safe about trying out the whole battlefield.”

That’s a goal I’m sure we can all agree to work towards: a safer battlefield for everyone. Um. Are any of you half-decent in-game pilots? Where did you begin? Empty servers?

Thanks, PC Gamer.