This is Battlefield 4. Say what you want about setting and gameplay, but there's no argument in my mind that with this "Fishing in Baku" official reveal trailer, EA Dice has set a very high bar for what next-gen visuals should aspire too. The best part is, we've barely even scratched the surface of what next-gen visuals should look like. Yet here's Battlefield 4 daring any possible game announcement in the next 8 months to do better.
It's not just the destructible environments, it's not just the high resolution textures, it's not the tessellation or the lighting and shadows (okay maybe it's a little of the shadows). It's the obvious attention to detail and dedication that Dice has obviously given to this game. Those cement blocks look like cement blocks. Smoke and debris actually blow in the same direction as the wind, and dear god those are the best looking explosions I've ever seen.
What's frightening to me is that people have actually played this game. At first I couldn't help but think we were seeing a Killzone 2 prerendered cutscene, but we learned weeks ago that GameStop employees got the opportunity to try it hands on. I... I have to be at least a little bit skeptical. It really does just look that good. Damn. Damn, damn.
Battlefield 4 is planned for release in fall later this year on PC, next-gen consoles and also current gen consoles. The gameplay demo below, titled "Fishing in Baku" is running on PC, clearly, but hopefully the Frostbite 3 Engine runs as smoothly on the PlayStation 4 too (hopefully a trailer for that coming soon, too). Price points? Lucky us, Battlefield 4 is preorderable at $59.99 on PC via Origin, and will also be at that price for Xbox 360 and PS3. As for next-gen console prices? Hard to tell, but lets cross our fingers that they're not $70.
This is Battlefield 4. I'm pretty sure I can drop the Tanks vs. Boats jokes now.