When told to “get lost” in the new Battlefield, only on PC can one smugly reply: “I can’t. I’ve got GPS”. And then be deservedly shot.
That’s because Battlemap – DICE’s top-down tool designed to accompany the game on nearby smartphones or monitors – won’t be coming to current consoles at all.
Battlelog assistant producer Jesper Nielsen told Engadget that the feature is only compatible with PC and Battlefield’s actually-very-near-gen versions on PS4 and Xbox One. That’s partly due to Battlelog’s new platform: this here internet.
“Battlelog is powered by the web, and that has a lot of implications,” he said. “There are a lot of different things you can do, things you can do faster, rather than building stuff in native code.
“It’s going to be a lot easier for us to actually update things from the in-game Battlelog than would otherwise be the case,” Nielsen went on. “You’d have to do patches normally; here we can actually do things almost by the flick of a finger.”
On ye olde current-gen consoles, unfortunately, no update happens by the flick of a finger.
Battlefield 4 arrives in the US on October 29 and in the EU on November 1, which gives the PC at least a month’s Battlemap exclusivity before the rumoured Xbox One release date.