EA E3 Event: Battlefield 4 Multiplayer, Commander Mode

We all knew it was coming, but that didn’t mean anticipation was low.

After talking campaign and technology over the last few months, DICE finally took the wraps off of Battlefield 4′s Multiplayer, including the hotly anticipated Commander Mode.

Karl-Magnus Petersson and Patrick Bach were on stage to guide the audience through the demo, which included a mini LAN party of sorts going on behind them. Petersson assumed the Commander role, and most of his commands, including ordering troop movements and air strikes, were done via Battlelog on a tablet. Battlelog, the service that connects gamers to Battlefield 3 and Medal of Honor: Warfighter, will be expanded upon before Battlefield 4′s release. ¬†Along with the SmartGlass demo during the Microsoft press conference, it seems like mobile apps and hardware are going to play a major role in AAA gaming in the near future.

All the other components of the BF4 demo should be familiar to the veteran Battlefield fan: 64-player servers, combat on land, sea, and air, and the shifting dynamic between the three terrains. Environment destruction has been stepped up, evidenced by the collapsing Chinese skyscraper, and smaller but thoughtful tweaks (you can finally use elevators!) were seen as well.

The EA booth is one of the first stops for Game Front tomorrow, so we’ll have a more in-depth look at Battlefield 4 multiplayer in the coming days. And be sure to check out the rest of our EA press conference coverage here.

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