On Tuesday, Battlefield 4's multiplayer beta test drew to a close. DICE was watching your battles in the beta and they're preparing many changes to the full game based on that data.
BF4's beta allowed Xbox 360, PS3 and PC players to try out the "Siege of Shanghai" map from the full game. This map was playable in the traditional Conquest mode as well as the infantry-only Domination mode. A patch late in the beta also opened up access to the new Obliteration match type.
In a post on the Battlefield Blog, DICE's Vincent Vukovic reassured gamers that many of the bugs they've encountered in testing are being addressed. They noticed that PC games were experiencing low frame rates and spikes in CPU usage and are working on fixes for launch. They're also hoping to prevent players on all platforms from being stuck on the loading screen or tossed in the air by elevators.
"Although an interesting concept, elevators were never designed to act as a catapult or teleporter. The bug where the elevator button would catapult you up into the air is fixed for the final game. But we did enjoy all the crazy videos you’ve posted. Thanks!"
Console gamers can look forward to new controller layout options in the full version of the game. One of the potential control schemes is called "Legacy" and is based on the layout used in Battlefield 3.
DICE also made a huge number of balance changes based on beta feedback. For example, the RPG7 and SMAW can no longer lock onto laser designated vehicles. The developers felt that this was severely unbalanced now Recon players now have handheld laser designators. Revive times for players, meanwhile, have been increased by three seconds. Here's the full list of balance changes outlined today. DICE says that you can expect more tweaks in the full version launching later this month:
Fixed how the player only receives a single local damage sound effect if he or she was the victim of a quick, clean kill. The sound and camera impact effect had too long a cool down between hits. This should improve the responsiveness of being killed and taking damage.
Reduced the fire rate of the AK12 in burst from 1000rpm to 750rpm. The rate of fire was too high when combined with the low recoil of the weapon, making it more powerful than intended in burst mode.
Tweaked the compensator and muzzle brake so they’re properly less accurate in sustained automatic fire.
Reduced and rebalanced full auto accuracy based on rate of fire for all automatic weapons to balance low ROF weapons. Low ROF weapons were remaining accurate long enough to get easy kills outside of their intended optimal range.
Increased the default throw distance of the portable ammo and med packs. This makes it easier to throw these packs to teammates.
Portable ammo packs now reload 2 magazines of bullets instantly and up a total of 4 magazines per pack over time. The player must stay on top of the ammo pack in order to benefit from all of the ammo reloading. Grenades, RPG’s, and other explosive launchers do not benefit from the instant reload function of the Ammo Pack.
Increased the muzzle flash of the 25mm and 40mm launchers to make their threat position more visible.
Fixed an issue where the knife stab didn’t align with the kill event.
The revive time has been increased from 7s to 10s.
Fixed some descriptions of weapons for vehicles that incorrectly described the function of the weapon.
Increased the damage of the Stinger and IGLA to 3 hits to kill attack choppers (was 25%, now 35%).
Increased the speed of all TOW guided missiles to 75m/s from 50m/s so they can catch-up to fast vehicles like the Quad bike.
Increased the sustained fire accuracy of the Coaxial LMG on armored vehicles because it was underpowered.
Reduced the damage the 40mm and 25mm infantry weapons do to armored vehicles to highlight their anti-infantry role.
Reduced the damage main gun on the IFVs against other armor to highlight their primarily anti-infantry role.
Fixed an issue where the tank main gun did not correctly hit the center of the crosshair at all times.
Multiple options are now available for controlling how your vehicles steer with a joystick on all platforms, as well as improved the responsiveness of steering while accelerating.
Locking Weapon Changes
RPG7 and SMAW can no longer lock on to Laser Designated Targets. It was inauthentic and not balanced.
Fixed some projectiles not warning vehicles when they were fired on a Laser Designated target. Reduced the lock on distance for RPGs, SMAW, and MBT LAW missiles to 350m from 500m. This gives the IGLA the clear long range AA role for soldiers, and keeps the team play element of Laser Designation.
All Laser Designated missiles now do a maximum of 90% damage to Attack and Scout helicopters (down from 100%). This was done to give helicopters a chance to use their Fire Extinguisher countermeasure even against Laser Designated weapons.
The kill string in the score log now appears sooner, making the UI more responsive to a kill event.
The aim assist on X360/PS3 has been tweaked to be more consistent at all ranges. The assist was over powerful at close range, and not powerful enough at medium range. Players should now find that close combat requires much more player input and the snap to a target is far less forgiving. At medium range the player should experience a bit more assistance tracking targets, but generally still reduced aim assist effectiveness.
PC Specific Changes
Fixed a string in On Foot PC key bindings that should have read “CROUCH (TOGGLE) / PRONE (HOLD)”.
Removed an unused “Underslung” key binding on PC, the “Select Gadget 1″ key binding now controls both of these actions as expected.