It’s important for squaddies to meet up before ascending to the Battlefield, for that’s the time when each Steve is determined. Who is the disenchanted but dutiful Steve McQueen? Which of us on this team is the impervious meathead, Steve Austin? And who’ll take on the role of the doomed and highly-strung Steve Buscemi?
Battlefield 3 on the consoles had a provision for this: players were able to create private lobbies and invite friends, before joining matches as an already-assembled outfit. But the feature was missing from Battlefield 4 at launch last month - and it’s likely to stay that way.
Asked by fans on Facebook about the possibility of private squad lobbies in the future, DICE replied: “We have a new feature in Battlefield where a new squad is created when a friend joins your game. You can toggle this option on or off by going into the options menu.
“We’re not offering the old squad join feature because we didn’t feel that the feature in Battlefield 3 was on par with the quality that we wanted to offer our players,” they added. “We have no plans to add it in the future.”
The Facebook contingent’s response? “The 'new feature' doesn't work”.
Have you lot found that too? Or are you distributing archetypes among your friends without too much trouble?