Although Battlefield 3 was well received by critics and gamers alike, the game wasn’t exactly known for its singleplayer campaign; the core Battlefield series has always been about the multiplayer, and Battlefield 3‘s campaign came off as nothing more than a Call of Duty clone.
With Battlefield 4, that may be changing.
Battlefield 3‘s singleplayer, much like its competition, was a fairly linear affair that guided players from one action set-piece to another, leaving players little room to experiment.
However, DICE general manager Karl-Magnus Troedsson, in speaking to Official PlayStation Magazine UK, claims that Battlefield 4 will be much more open-ended than its predecessor, putting it more in line with the franchise’s Bad Company spin-off series.
To offer something fresh with Battlefield 4‘s singleplayer campaign, Troedsson says that the development team at DICE are looking at multiplayer for ideas.
“There are signature multiplayer elements that we want to bring into single-player,” said Troedsson. “We want to give the player a choice. Do they want to go for the sneaky approach with a sniper rifle and a silenced pistol, or do they want to take a jeep and have the entire squad shoot at everything they see?”
To help bridge the gap between the singleplayer and multiplayer experiences in Battlefield 4, Troedsson said that players will be allowed to issue commands to their AI-controlled squad mates, catering to those who prefer the tactical approach over going in guns blazing.
Additionally, Troedsson says that the maps will be quite a bit larger this time around; if you hated Battlefield 3‘s cramped corridors, then you can take some relief in knowing that DICE has heard your complaints.
Battlefield 4 is due out on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on October 29. The game will also be available on the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One as a launch title.
To hold you over until that date, you can check out the Battlefield 4 multiplayer trailer from E3 below.