Battlefield 4 is real, beta due 2013

Battlefield 4 has been confirmed – and it’s closer than we thought. Following a weekend leak, publisher EA has officially announced that the FPS is in development, and will be entering beta in the first half of 2013. “Additional details” on the game will be revealed at a later date.

Battlefield 3

Time to head back to the Battlefield

The news comes as EA continues to state that its two key modern FPS franchises – Battlefield and Medal of Honor – are targeting totally different audiences. However, with this brand new promotion, the publisher itself continues to blur the line.

Access to the exclusive Battlefield 4 beta will be awarded to gamers who slap down a pre-order for Medal of Honor: Warfighter before the game’s launch in October this year.

Frank Gibeau, President of EA Labels explains:

Though Battlefield and Medal of Honor Warfighter each offer players a completely unique experience, they are united by their underlying technology base – Frostbite. These are two of the hottest shooters, coming together to deliver a one-two punch of action, intensity and shooter entertainment.

With the announcement still fresh, gamers – and Battlefield 3 fans – are a little concerned. It took six years for DICE to release a sequel to Battlefield 2, so many assumed they’d have a similar time to enjoy the new game before anything else arrived on the playing field.

It now looks like Battlefield 4 will be on shelves by the end of 2013, prompting DICE to pen an open letter to fans, reassuring them that Battlefield 3 – and particularly its new Premium expansion pack subscription – will not be abandoned just yet.

Even with billions of bullets fired and millions of games played, we know the Battlefield 3 story is still just the beginning. As ever, we are humbled by the community’s response to the game, and couldn’t be happier with the feedback we have received to Battlefield 3 Premium. With the Back to Karkand and Close Quarters expansion packs already out, Armored Kill around the corner, and End Game and Aftermath still on the horizon, we’re looking forward to many more hours of gameplay with you, and can’t wait to see the stories you will tell through Battlelog and player created videos.

Whether or not this was quite the Shock and Awe announcement EA and DICE had planned for their Next Big Thing, the revelation of Battlefield 3 is sure to make a bunch of gamers rather pleased. At the same time, there are definitely members of Team Battlefield who are wary, crossing their fingers that their beloved FPS doesn’t succumb to the dreaded annual-release business model used by that other major shooter.

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