DICE outlines Battlelog improvements, additions in Battlefield 4
The introduction of Battlelog in Battlefield 3 was a first step for DICE in an attempt to create a Battlefield experience outside the game. Friday, the developer outlined the changes coming to Battlelog in Battlefield 4 that aims to push for a more unified experience across all platforms.
The most notable change coming to the online infrastructure is the indistinguishable features from PC to consoles. Players’ biggest gripe with Battlelog in Battlefield 3 was that the core of the system was found on PC, leaving console users alienated and less compelled to interact as regularly.
“The goal with Battlelog for BF4 is to create an enhanced experience for the player that allows them to be constantly connected to the game, whether it’s in front of their console or PC or on the go using their mobile device,” DICE said. “We had to fundamentally change some features – like fully integrating Battlelog into the game on next-gen consoles and PC. By doing this, it has enabled us to give Battlelog a style and look that is much more in-tune with the game, introduce connected features to make it an even more powerful companion and provide new ways for you to customize your experience.”
DICE is also aiming to deliver Battlelog within your game without distraction or constant switching – in other words, seamless integration. A number of significant Battlelog features will be available in game in “widget” form in the corner of your screen. The rest of the infrastructure will be available at the press of a button which will bring up a full overlay detailing every bit of your stats, loadouts, etc.
“With seamless integration in mind, we’ve placed a widget in the top right corner of your interface, where you can see how many of your friends are currently playing BF4 or how many active Missions you have available(a new feature where you can create new challenges for you and your friends),” DICE added. “This widget also gives you notifications for certain events. For example, Battlelog will let you know of Mission invites, if someone beat your score in a Mission or when a friend joins your server. We tried to balance it so it isn’t too intrusive, yet still gives you the information you want, when you want it. If you still prefer to go without it, you have the option to hide the widget.
“At any time in-game, you can bring up the Battlelog overlay. For PC and next-gen consoles we’ve built a new platform to ensure we could bring Battlelog to players in the best possible way while they are playing the game. This means that it is built on the same core technology as Battlelog is on the web, tablet and mobile devices, making it easier and faster for us to update, and keeping it tightly connected to the Battlelog experience outside the game.
“This in-game overlay will give you access to tons of Battlelog features. You can see what your friends are doing, check their stats and join their game. You can also see who is in your squad when playing multiplayer and look up their profile. Maybe you want to check your standings on the Geo Leaderboards, or create a Mission. It’s all available at any time during the game. You can even see how you’re progressing towards your next rank or unlocks in real-time!”
Other features that’ll be unveiled when Battlefield 4 hits store shelves are Geo Leaderboards, Divisions, and Missions. These are detailed in DICE’s blog, which can be read in full by clicking here.