Battlefield 4 is officially a thing that exists, and you can pay £50 for beta access right now

So, after popping out a bit too early yesterday, EA has quickly zipped back up, composed itself, and slapped down an official, proper, full-sized reveal of Battlefield 4 today.

Well, a reveal of the game's existence anyway. And the fact that you can sign up to play it right now. Kind of.

While it's highly doubtful that EA always planned to reveal BF4 today - it's much more likely that yesterday's slip-up simply prompted a large bout of "F*ck it, whatever", leading to today's announcement - EA is now being rather up-front about the game's existence. Addressing the erroneous advertisement of the game's beta on Battlefield, the publisher has now stated:

"The team at DICE is hard at work on the next entry in the Battlefield series, and to ensure access to the exclusive Battlefield 4 beta, shooter fans can pre-order Medal of Honor Warfighter today." 

EA goes on - after a bit of brief arse-covering regarding having nothing more to say about BF4 and any further reporting being naught but lies and deceit - to repeatedly emphasise that Battlefield 3 still has plenty of life left in it, with three more expansion packs to come. In fact the rest of the chunky PR nugget seems to go out of its way to scream "Battlefield 3 isn't obsolete! We promise! Now keep enjoying your Battlefield 3 Premium subscriptions and stop asking us about BF4" 

Which would be kind of an understandable standpoint to take I suppose, were one to have just let slip word of the successor to the game it had just started scoring loads of extra money from, and were that game part of a series whose fanbase traditionally enjoys each entry for many, many years indeed.

But hey, Battlefield 4. Definitely a thing, and coming out who knows when (but probably 2013). Drop £50 at the Origin store and get yourself signed up to the beta today. If you like.


  • SpiritTemple - July 18, 2012 3:09 a.m.

    EA messed up Medal of Honour so bad, soon enough they'll do the same to Battlefield. Sure Activision brings out a COD game each year, but atleast I can still have fun with them everytime I play, I was done with BF3 Ages ago. As for EA bitching about COD having a new game every year and saying they think 'COD should take a break' maybe they should look at themselves and their Fifa games, there's one every year, and they are always the same.
  • tehtimeisnow - July 17, 2012 2:36 p.m.

    this is so stuped cuz battelfeld sucks its the worst shoot games of all time seruiosely there ripping people of makeing so much sequals i say stay far awy from battelfeld the gameplay is boreing the grafics sucks and the online sucks just stick to a real shoot game insted call of duty is superier in every way
  • forestfire55 - July 17, 2012 4:21 p.m.

    I think its best if you stop comenting on things for a while. For your sake.
  • Jacko415 - July 17, 2012 5:52 p.m.

    Tehtimeisnow is either a complete moron, or a troll, or both. He always posts stupid comments such as this. Either way, next time you see his comments just ignore him, and he'll hopefully go away.
  • D0CCON - July 18, 2012 1:52 a.m.

    Noting that he is a troll is still feeding the troll.
  • Divine Paladin - July 17, 2012 1:50 p.m.

    The BF franchise is selling on alternating years when fighting against the current CoD B team (Sledgehammer/Infinity Ward's remains)? An ingenious move by EA, if not for the fact that they're killing their own product in the process. They could've just as easily put out Bad Co. 3 and gotten a good amount of sales. Well, EA and Activision are on equal ground again.
  • ParagonT - July 17, 2012 1:15 p.m.

    Take a gander at their Facebook page under the posts and it becomes apparent what the community thinks.
  • ObliqueZombie - July 17, 2012 12:12 p.m.

  • Tronto13 - July 17, 2012 11:55 a.m.

    Freddie Wong just released his latest video onto his YouTube of him and Brandon breaking into the EA Las Angeles offices and setting up the leak from the other day. So either it was quick editing/shooting etc or the "leak" was actually planned!
  • xx_CaPTiiN_SpAiiN_zz - July 17, 2012 11:18 a.m.

    And we still get people complaining about call of duty even though it isnt as shameless and this pile of rubbish. while call of duty has kind of split up into two companies and games the people at ea completely fucked medal of honor to have the same gameplay as battlefield now its worse than both. the difference between black ops and mw2 is bigger than that of bad company 2 and bf3. and again before you knock activision LOOK AT EA FIRST.
  • KnowYourPokemon - July 17, 2012 11:38 a.m.

    Spoken like a true apologist. Call of Duty is shit. Activision is shit. Battlefield 3 is shit. EA is shit. Done and done.
  • ObliqueZombie - July 17, 2012 12:12 p.m.

    But... why's Battlefield 3 shit? Maybe on consoles, yeah.
  • xx_CaPTiiN_SpAiiN_zz - July 17, 2012 1:13 p.m.

    its just another clone and bfbc2 is better anyway.
  • ObliqueZombie - July 19, 2012 10:24 a.m.

    Just another clone of what? Itself?
  • xx_CaPTiiN_SpAiiN_zz - July 19, 2012 2:06 p.m.

    of the battlefield series its basically the same especially compared to bad company 2. like i said before people like to hate on cod but black ops was revolutionary where as battlefield 3 was exactly the same but with jets. elementary dear watson.
  • KnowYourPokemon - July 19, 2012 3:48 p.m.

    What exactly was "revolutionary" about Black ops? Seriously now, the extremely linear campaign? The multiplayer? lol The only thing black Ops did that was an improvement was having some actual choice in what you unlocked in the multiplayer.
  • xx_CaPTiiN_SpAiiN_zz - July 19, 2012 6:01 p.m.

    exactly as well as all the camos reticules guns and maps they were all revolutionary. even the selcet fire on weapons was really cool. i have high hopes for black ops 2 as well it should have all that and more.
  • ObliqueZombie - July 21, 2012 12:58 a.m.

    If that's "revolutionary," then adding numbers to bullet damage makes Borderlands the goddamned second coming of Jesus Christ.
  • xx_CaPTiiN_SpAiiN_zz - July 21, 2012 12:47 p.m.

    i dont think you understand me so ill leave it there. I tried to explain it simply
  • xx_CaPTiiN_SpAiiN_zz - July 17, 2012 1:15 p.m.

    treyarch a good company at least they keep doing new things to the series which is more than inifity ward have ever done lol. and the apologist thing are you an atheist or something? :P

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