Update: EA made the news official in a press release just now, confirming a "fall 2013" window for the game's beta.
Battlefield 4 is most certainly a game, as EA confirmed this morning via a trailer for this year's Danger Close shooter, Medal of Honor: Warfighter. According to the publisher, pre-orders of Warfighter's "limited edition" get direct access "to the exclusive Battlefield 4 beta" – of course, we've never actually seen or heard of Battlefield 4 outside of a leaked image revealing its existence a few days ago.
EA's Danger Close studio is responsible for the Medal of Honor series, though Battlefield developer DICE assisted with the first MoH reboot. DICE created the Battlefield series, and it stands to reason that the Swedish studio will also be behind Battlefield 4. We've reached out to EA for more info.
It seems unlikely that this reveal was unintentional, as EA UK marketing man Dan Sheridan tweeted, "Pre-order #MOH Warfighter & get access to #BF4Beta" with a link to the video and preview page. EA's US reps have yet to say a word.
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Guildford, UK. – July 17, 2012 – Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today announced access to the exclusive beta for Battlefield 4™, the next entry in DICE's award-winning shooter series, to players that pre-order Medal of Honor™ Warfighter Limited Edition* prior to the game's launch on Oct. 23. The most authentic shooter this holiday, Medal of Honor Warfighter is the only game that puts players in the boots of the world's most aggressive, precise and disciplined warfighters, fighting battles that are ripped from headlines around the globe. Powered by the ground-breaking Frostbite™ 2 engine, Medal of Honor Warfighter delivers tomorrow's technology on today's platforms with advanced gameplay, visuals and sound design.
The exclusive Battlefield 4 beta will be available in Fall 2013. Additional details regarding Battlefield 4 will be revealed at a later date.
"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," said Frank Gibeau, President of EA Labels.
Written by U.S. Tier 1 Operators while deployed overseas, Medal of Honor Warfighter is set to deliver this year's most authentic military shooter experience inspired by real warriors, real operations and real places. From rescuing hostages in Abu Sayyaf's stronghold in the Philippines to assaulting Al-Shabaab's "Pirate Town" on the Somali Coast, Medal of Honor Warfighter puts players in the boots of today's most highly trained and skilled warriors to experience missions that have a dotted line to real world terrorist threats. Medal of Honor Warfighter features real world hotspots in the single player campaign and introduces international Tier 1 Operators from 10 different nations in multiplayer allowing players to show their national pride online.
"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.
Developed by Danger Close Games, Medal of Honor Warfighter will be available in the UK on October 26, 2012 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC. For more information on Medal of Honor Warfighter, please visit www.medalofhonor.com, and for the latest news visit www.facebook.com/medalofhonor or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/medalofhonor. Press assets are available at www.eagames.co.uk/press.
Conditions and restrictions apply. See http://www.medalofhonor.com/bf4-beta for details.
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In fiscal 2012, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $4.1 billion. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, EA is recognized for a portfolio of critically acclaimed, high-quality blockbuster brands such as The Sims™, Madden NFL, FIFA Soccer, Need for Speed™, Battlefield™ and Mass Effect™. More information about EA is available at www.eagames.co.uk/ptress.
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