Battlefield 4 Battlelog Updates Look to Bridge the Divide
A real-time, interactive map of the game I’m in, on my tablet, propped up next to my monitor. That’s a companion app I’d actually use.
Check that: it’s a companion app I actually will use. It’s called Battlescreen, and it’s coming to Battlefield 4.
Posting on the Battlefield Blog, DICE Assistant Producer Jesper Nielsen outlined all of the tweaks and new features coming to Battlefield 4′s Battelog, and the big one for me is Battlescreen. Here’s how Nielsen describes it:
Another great feature for Battlelog on next-gen consoles and PC is BattleScreen, which is a real-time, interactive mini-map of the game that you’re currently playing in. Say you’re on your way to the fight as a passenger in a helicopter – if you’re the Squad Leader, you can grab the tablet next to you and set attack points for your pilot, prepping you and your squad for the battle to come. This all happens in real-time – there are no delays between what’s going on in-game and what you see on your device. It takes a bit of getting used to, having a second screen to look at, but once you get the hang of it you can use it your advantage. Gone are the days of bringing up the full-screen mini-map only to blur your view of the battle.
Also coming to Battlefield 4 is a Battlelog overlay screen you can call up at any time while in game. All of the stats and features from Battlelog will be accessible in-game. That’s a nice, logical upgrade to having two separate experiences, as it felt with Battlefield 3 and Battelog.
Catching up with Call of Duty, the new Battlelog will also add emblem creation to Battlefield 4. Create your own logo, and it will appear on your soldier in-game as well as next to your name on the leaderboards.
Another interesting addition is a new multiplayer “missions” feature. DICE bills it as a way for you and your friends to compete, even if you’re on the same squad. Most kills, best KDR, most objectives captured, you get the idea. Set a mission for you and up to four friends, set a time frame and parameters, and then see who comes out on top.
Sound additions. I’m also hoping the new Battlefield Spectator Mode will get some Battelog love, making it easy to get in and watch friends’ matches. We’ll see how it all comes together when Battlefield 4 launches in late October.