Origin listing briefly mentions Battlefield 4 beta

— 6:00 AM on July 16, 2012

Perhaps the next Battlefield game isn't too far off. On Friday, folks visiting EA's Origin website were greeted with an unexpected offer: free access to the Battlefield 4 beta, provided they coughed up $69.99 to pre-order Medal of Honor Warfighter Limited Edition.

Sounds... expensive. I'm sure some players eagerly mashed that pre-order button, though.

Problem is, EA still hasn't officially announced Battlefield 4, and the beta offer appears to have been a mistake—it's been unceremoniously pulled from the pre-order page with no explanation. IGN managed to catch a screenshot in the nick of time, and I also saw it first-hand on Friday evening, but there are no traces left.

Meanwhile, EA still charges $69.99 for Medal of Honor Warfighter Limited Edition pre-orders. I guess they don't call it a Limited Edition for nothing.

There's little doubt that Battlefield 4 is in the works. IGN says EA President Frank Gibeau confirmed last November that "there is going to be a Battlefield 4," and I'm sure EA is eager to cash in on its predecessor's success. Battlefield 3 came out in October 2011, so perhaps EA will roll out a sequel some time around its one-year anniversary. That's been the tradition with Call of Duty games.

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