These are exciting times for Battlefield fans and everyone at DICE! Today, 4th October, we are releasing the Battlefield 4 open beta on PS3, and we want you all to join. Simply by taking part in the beta, you will help us test the servers, online functionality, and gameplay to make sure the launch on PlayStation 3 come 1st November goes as smoothly as possible.
In the open beta, you’ll be able to play both the classic Conquest mode and Domination mode, which you might recognise from Battlefield 3: Close Quarters (it’s basically a faster and tighter version of Conquest with more emphasis on infantry combat). The map on offer is Siege of Shanghai – you might recognise it from E3 where we first unveiled it and where the public got their very first hands-on with the game. Now, we want to bring that experience, complete with game-changing Levolution events like the big skyscraper collapsing down or setting off car alarms, to all of our fans on PS3. It’s you, the player, triggering these moments.
We are also looking to our fans to provide valuable feedback on the overall gaming experience. This is in every sense a true beta, so your feedback will be used to fix, tweak, and adjust the game both for launch and during the extensive support that we will give the game once it’s live.
How to find and download the Battlefield 4 Open Beta
All players on PS3 will be able to find and download the Battlefield 4 open beta by going to the PlayStation Store and searching for “Battlefield 4″. You will find the open beta as a downloadable item on the Battlefield 4 Title Page. Note that it can take some time before all players in Europe will be able to see the item, even after it has been published.
Don’t start empty-handed on next-gen
Start playing Battlefield 4 on PS3 and bring everything you’ve unlocked to PS4. If you’re interested in making the jump to Next-Gen, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to bring your multiplayer progression from Battlefield 4. Since Battlefield 4 will release on 1st November and 29th November on PS4, we have put a number of features in place that will help you make the jump without losing any of your progress.
Upgrade to Next-Gen for €9.99/£9.99
Simply put: If you start playing Battlefield 4 on PS3 and later decide to move up to PS4, you can bring your multiplayer stats and all of your unlocks as you make the transfer to the next-gen Battlefield! Also, if you’ve become a Battlefield 4 Premium member, your Premium membership will transfer across from PS3 to PS4. This way, you don’t have to start empty-handed when you go next-gen.
Finally, we appreciate that a lot of fans will want to start playing on PS3 and then buy Battlefield 4 on PS4 as well. For all of our fans who are ready to do this, Sony have put a program in place where you can buy Battlefield 4 on PS3 (on disc or a digital copy), and then later buy Battlefield 4 on PS4 for only £9.99/€9.99. You can learn more about this program in this post.
Welcome to the open beta
That’s it for now. We’re excited to let everyone in on the open beta, and we’re eager to hear your feedback. If you have any questions or comments on the open beta or the transfer options from PS3 to PS4, let us know in the comments below and we’ll do our best to answer.
See you on the Battlefield!