EA’s latest Medal of Honor (MOH) is, for now, the only way to get an invite to the beta for Battlefield 4. The publisher has announced Medal of Honor Warfighter pre-orders will come with access to the beta. Warfighter, like Battlefield, uses the Frostbite 2.0 engine.
It looks as if EA is settling into a cycle that sees Battlefield and MOH releases in alternate years. MOH hasn’t become as popular, so a little help from Battlefield is a good idea. EA has said there will be other ways to get a beta invite. I suspect we won’t hear much about them until well after the October 23, 2012 release date of Warfighter. Many Battlefield Premium members were shocked to learn that service won’t be one of the ways to get an invite.
The official Battlefield Twitter account confirmed a beta invite will not be a perk for Premium members.
Warfighter focuses on the Tier One operators of ten different nations. These guys are the best of the best. Developer Danger Close used input from real Tier One operators to determine which of the international squads should appear. There’s even a Blue on Blue playlist allowing player to take their favorite units into battle against each other.
Gamers are already displaying national pride on message boards, discussing which squad did and didn’t make it. Danger Close suspects that patriotism will transfer into the online multiplayer as well. The game will also include real world hotspots such as Al-Shabaab’s “Pirate Town” on the Somali Coast, and the Phillipines’ Abu Sayyaf stronghold.
In addition to the Battlefield beta, pre-orders will receive the Navy SEAL Sniper and McMillan Tac-300 sniper rifle. That will save players about 40 hours of gameplay to unlock them. Warfighter is coming to the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.