'Battlefield 4' debuts at GDC with 17-minute trailer

Assessing the aftermath of conflict in

Assessing the aftermath of conflict in "Battlefield 4." (All rights reserved - DICE / EA)

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Telling the story of a mission gone horribly, laughably wrong, a four-man squad of U.S. soldiers finds itself behind enemy lines in urban, jungle and industrial settings as part of the Battlefield 4 debut gameplay trailer.

And where the BF4 60-second TV spot is accompanied by the sounds of Rihanna, Kanye and Jay-Z, the full-length trailer for big budget, big thrills Battlefield 4 begins and ends with the Meatloaf and Bonnie Tyler duet Total Eclipse of the Heart.

The trailer offers a glimpse at some of the Battlefield 4 graphical bells and whistles -- curtains swaying in the wind, dust particles caught in sunlight, oil fire clouds and crumbling buildings -- looking very much like 2011 hit Battlefield 3 turned up to 11.

Location-wise, action takes place in and around Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, with Chinese megacity Shanghai hinted at as likely destination for the next trailer.

And while the off-kilter humour of spin-off series Bad Company appears to have been left on the shelf, the mission's protagonist finds himself flanked by two smart-talking squadmates and a grizzled leader.

Those squadmates take notes from the Battlefield series' multiplayer mode, able to receive orders and pick up on enemy locations spotted by the player.

Calling in air support and hearing a squaddie yell kill confirmed recognize another Battlefield reality -- the existence of rival and annual action franchise, Call of Duty, which is rumoured to be subject to official reveal by May; additional competition on PC presents itself by way of late 2013 launch Arma III.

Shown off on PC, Battlefield 4 has been announced for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 as well, while PlayStation 4 and next Xbox confirmation is expected to follow in due course and a retail release anticipated for fall 2013.

Battlefield 4: Official 17 Minutes 'Fishing in Baku' Gameplay Reveal trailer: youtu.be/U8HVQXkeU8U
Official website: battlefield.com


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