'Battlefield 4' beta hits fall 2013, EA confirms

Battlefield 4 gets its official beta in fall 2013, Electronic Arts confirmed this morning.

Battlefield 4 gets its official beta in fall 2013, Electronic Arts confirmed this morning.

The publisher confirmed those early rumblings of a Battlefield 4 beta tied to pre-orders of Medal of Honor Warfighter Limited Edition. All players who pre-order that game, due out on Oct. 23, will receive exclusive access to the fall 2013 Battlefield 4 beta, according to the press release.

In a letter to fans on the official Battlefield site, the developers said that Battlefield 3's story "is still just the beginning."

"Even with billions of bullets fired and millions of games played, we know the Battlefield 3 story is still just the beginning," the open letter reads. "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."

Additional details for Battlefield 4, which is in development by DICE, will be revealed at a later date, according to the open letter and the press release.

"Frostbite 2 is an amazingly powerful technology that challenges us to break the multiplayer mold. The unique premise of global warfighters in Medal of Honor Warfighter has inspired us to pioneer new multiplayer concepts such as Fire Teams and the idea of having Tier 1 Operators from around the world go head-to-head in online competition," said Greg Goodrich, Executive Producer, Medal of Honor.

Battlefield 3 released in October 2011 to strong reviews. The game was a direct sequel to 2005's Battlefield 2. Both of those games, and the Battlefield: Bad Company titles, are developed by EA DICE. Bad Company 2 hit in 2010.

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