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First Battlefield 4 Details Officially Revealed, Powered by Frostbite 3

Release window also confirmed following debut in San Francisco and Stockholm.

Following simultaneous debut events in San Francisco and Stockholm EA has officially revealed initial details for Battlefield 4, plus a first glimpse of the game in action.

Powered by DICE’s proprietary Frostbite 3 engine, EA has confirmed Battlefield 4 is set to launch in Autumn 2013 (or Spring, for Southern Hemisphere readers).

According to information released by EA, Battlefield 4 will see a variety of multiplayer game design elements incorporated into the single-player campaign. In single-player, gamers are promised huge environments, access to a variety of vehicles and the ability to direct squad mates. The single-player mode will also now track players’ progress, adding a layer of social competition to the game’s campaign.

EA debuted the game with a 17-minute gameplay demo, which begins with the player – Recker – opening his eyes to discover that he’s trapped in a sinking car with three squad mates. It’s a sequence set, oddly enough, to the strains of Bonnie Tyler’s ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’. You can check it out below.

No mention of next-generation platforms is noted in the initial information and an EA spokesperson has since confirmed with IGN that the company is currently talking about PC, Xbox 360 and PS3. The game’s pre-order page features PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 packshots. EA has indicated that by pre-ordering Battlefield 4 at any participating retail outlet gamers will receive a Premium expansion pack at no additional cost.

Also announced today was Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe, which will be an Origin exclusive special edition that includes bonus (unspecified) in-game digital items. Players that pre-order Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe on Origin will also receive the Premium expansion pack plus access to the Battlefield 4 multiplayer beta.

The reveal follows a series of leaks over the past 24 hours, including the release window and a trio of screenshots.

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