Want to see extended gameplay footage from the next Battlefield game? I thought so. Let's start with the single-player Angry Sea video. Beware: there's an F-bomb buried in the mayhem.
This sequence has environmental destruction on a much grander scale than we saw in our first dose of gameplay footage. The action is varied, and the graphics look excellent.
Next, some multiplayer violence from the Seige of Shanghai level.
Although the "Levolution" tagline is cringe-worthy, the extent to which the levels can change during the course of gameplay is truly impressive. The touchscreen-friendly Commander interface at the 4:20 mark also looks slick. I wonder if that will run on iOS or Android; there's certainly some interesting cross-platform potential.
Battlefield 4 is due out October 29 on the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 variants are coming later, though no dates have been set. There's also word of a closed beta reserved for BF3: Premium members, folks who pre-order the Deluxe version of Battlefield 4, and the poor souls who paid for Limited and Deluxe editions of Medal of Honor Warfighter.
Anyone who pre-orders Battlefield 4 gets the China Rising expansion pack at no extra cost. This DLC promises four new maps in addition to fresh vehicles and gear. At least one more expansion is planned: Second Assault, which promises four "fan-favorite" BF3 maps remade to take full advantage of the latest Frostbite engine tech. That DLC is going to be an Xbox One exclusive to start, but it'll come to the PC eventually.