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Battlefield 4 Open Beta Begins October 1

By - Source: Electronic Arts | B 25 comments

Get your twitch skills tuned.

That's right: get those twitch skills polished up because it's almost time to get an early taste of what Battlefield 4 is all about. Electronic Arts said on Friday that the Open Beta will take place on October 1 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC – sorry, no early access for next-generation consoles. The full game lights up on October 29.

"The Beta gives us a chance to properly test our servers, the back end, and configure the multiplayer components of the game. By taking part, you will help us in ensuring a smooth launch for Battlefield 4," the company states. "You’ll also have the option to feedback directly to us with any gameplay ideas, bugs you find, and other thoughts on the Beta experience."

The "Open" beta will feature Conquest mode on the Siege of Shanghai map. However, it's unknown when players will have access to the "Exclusive" Battlefield 4 Beta. This version will only be offered to those who pre-purchased the Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe Edition on, Battlefield 3: Premium members, and registered owners of Medal of Honor Warfighter Limited Edition or Digital Deluxe Edition.

EA states that the "Exclusive" beta will arrive in early October. But with Battlefield 3, EA offered early 48 hour access to those who qualified back in 2011. Chances are that could happen again, meaning the VIP club may get early access on September 29 and the general crowd on October 1.

EA is also pushing console gamers of the current generation to go ahead and invest in Battlefield 4 at launch, and then carry over their data when they purchase the new Xbox One or Playstation 4, and the next-gen version of Battlefield 4.

"Playing early on the Xbox 360 or PS3 means you will be able to learn maps, unlock items, and build stats," the company said. "You can then seamlessly carry over a lot of cool content from the current gen game to a new Xbox One or PS4 version to get a jump on the competition."

"Offers from many of our retail partners will help you buy Battlefield 4on the Xbox 360 or PS3, and then upgrade to an Xbox One or PS4 version for as little as $10," the company adds. Additional information regarding upgrades can be accessed here.

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    DeadRam , September 16, 2013 10:18 AM
    Love the Battlefield series but hate Origin. I skipped BF3 for that vary reason and will skip BF4 if they don't remove the Origin restriction.
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    legacyBIOS , September 16, 2013 10:26 AM
    I wish this was for Steam instead of Origin, but I enjoyed BF3 so BF4 here I come ^^
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    kawininjazx , September 16, 2013 10:56 AM
    I didn't realize they are releasing BF4 for current gen consoles, but then again it seems like BF3.5, just like how Modern Warfare 3 was MW2.5.
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    BulkZerker , September 16, 2013 10:59 AM
    Probably going to skip it myself. Unless they fixed the hit detection (making it server side instead of client) which isn't likely. Though letting people make their own dedicated servers would fix that too for people close to the server.
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    shikamaru31789 , September 16, 2013 11:42 AM
    I reckon I'll give it a try but I didn't much care for the Battlefield 3 beta. The whole time I played it seemed like a couple of Battlefield veterans who were really good were camping on a hill with snipers killing everyone. It was very frustrating, and I consider myself a pretty good FPS player, I have K/D ratios over 2 in several other games. I had similar troubles when I tried that Battlefield F2P game they released for PC.
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    soldier44 , September 16, 2013 1:15 PM
    PC is the only version to play this on, consoles will be dumbed down and look horrible even the so called next gen versions.
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    Conrad925 , September 16, 2013 1:37 PM
    Battlefield can hardly be considered a 'twitch' shooter. You must be thinking of COD MP.
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    invlem , September 16, 2013 2:09 PM
    Where does it say "open beta" in the source article? All I see is the word "Beta" big difference...

    Last I checked this beta is available only to those who have pre-purchased the deluxe version game, or through the MoH deal they had earlier this year.

    Not what I would call an Open beta...
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    Bean007 , September 16, 2013 3:42 PM
    Only 2 good Battlefield games were 1942 and BFBC 2.
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    legacyBIOS , September 16, 2013 5:26 PM
    Where does it say "open beta" in the source article? All I see is the word "Beta" big difference...

    Last I checked this beta is available only to those who have pre-purchased the deluxe version game, or through the MoH deal they had earlier this year.

    Not what I would call an Open beta...

    It's also for people that have BF3 Premium.
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    tomfreak , September 16, 2013 6:06 PM
    mean while People who pre-ordered Battlefield 3 will get left out, they get less privileged than MOH war fighter player.

    So I wont be pre-order BF4 again. screw u EA.
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    m32 , September 16, 2013 9:33 PM
    I really dislike EA. I might have to pass on this one, unless it is really great.
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    shin0bi272 , September 16, 2013 10:35 PM
    Im with you guys... I refuse to play any game that forces me to use origin as it is a horrible system and is just EA being D'bags to the customers (when arent they really?) and trying to compete with Valve. Plus with all the cheating in BF3 I refuse to spend 60+ dollars on a game where I get shot from across the map and head shot the instant the truck im standing in the back of stops.
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    amk09 , September 16, 2013 10:39 PM
    Battlefield can hardly be considered a 'twitch' shooter. You must be thinking of COD MP.

    I think you would find that those with the best twitch reflexes on battlefield also happen to be the best players. So while on public servers its not always a necessity to have great twitch skills to do well, if you want to consistently "own" everyone you are playing with, it's good idea to hone your twitch skills.
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    CommentariesAnd More , September 17, 2013 4:14 AM
    BF4 will be a much better playable experience on the nex consoles , mainly because EA probably must have it optimised for either the PS4/X1. So I would prefer to play it either on one o those or my PC.
    Excited for the single player though TBH.................................
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    axehead15 , September 17, 2013 5:07 AM

    Also, I just want to remind everyone that Battlefield players don't focus on K/D, so if you have a low K/D that doesn't mean the game is bad. We PTFO, COD players focus on K/D.
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    blackmancer , September 17, 2013 7:14 AM
    Origin is just the worst, they should use it in Guantanamo, make the terrorists use it. battle.whatever doesn't work in Opera, I have to run Chrome and set it to default browser everytime I want to play bf3. bf4 doesn't look like anything different to bf3. its just another cash cow. and THEY KNOW YOU"LL BUY IT NO QUESTIONS ASKED. suckers born every minute.
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    John Bauer , September 17, 2013 9:04 AM
    Can't wait
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    TheBigTroll , September 17, 2013 9:09 AM
    cant wait to blow holes in the ground and kill people that way
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    timaishu , September 17, 2013 10:10 AM
    I cant believe people still complain about origin. There is nothing wrong with the programs. You download your games and play them. I don't see what the fuss is all about. The ONLY complaint anyone can come up with is the fact some believe origin scans their computer; other than that, there is nothing wrong with origin and anyone who disagrees is unfortunately just looking for a reason to hate EA.
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