BF4 Player Appreciation Month

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#1 Wed, 01/29/2014 - 06:30
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BF4 Player Appreciation Month

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 To thank you for your dedication and support, I’d like to announce the [b]Battlefield 4 Player Appreciation Month[/b]. Starting on Saturday, February 1, DICE is saying THANK YOU to all players by hosting a month filled with fun community missions and daily giveaways that you get just for jumping into a match.
 
We appreciate all of the great feedback you continue to provide about all aspects of Battlefield 4. We take this very seriously, and hearing directly from you has helped to make the experience better. The latest information on our game updates can always be found in the [color=#0066cc]BF4 Control Room[/color], including a few new additions that I’m pleased to say are coming soon. First, we are further improving a number of items commonly referred to as “netcode”. This will tighten the overall multiplayer experience, and we will be able to share these items with you in detail soon. In February, we’re also re-introducing the fan favorite feature Platoons in its first iteration. In this added social layer, you can team up with your friends to create your own social space and accumulate stats together. We’re also working on other feature additions that you’ve been asking for – stay tuned for more.
 
Now, let me walk you through some of the initiatives that we will be launching during Player Appreciation Month. We will have more announcements to make in the upcoming weeks, but below are some of the highlights.
 
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[b]A Battlepack a Day[/b]
Every day that you log into the game in February, you’ll receive a Bronze or Silver Battlepack. For those of you who haven’t started opening your earned packs yet, these Battlepacks contain bonuses like XP Boosts and soldier camos. Normally, it would take approximately 30 hours gameplay to earn that many packs. Every day that you log a multiplayer game during the month of February, you will receive a new Battlepack. During weekdays, these will be Bronze, and during Saturdays and Sundays we will give away Silver Battlepacks. Remember to activate your earned XP boosts in the in-game menu to accelerate your progress.
 
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[b]Shortcut Bundles[/b]
We are preparing two shortcut bundles for Battlefield 4 that we will make available for download at no cost during the Player Appreciation Month. These voluntary shortcut bundles will unlock all grenades and handguns for Battlefield 4 (the base game) so you can make up for lost time. Or if you’re new to the game, they will help you catch up with players who have been on the Battlefield since launch. We will get back to you with more details once we have set release dates for these items.
For all of our Battlefield 4 Premium users, we’re adding two additional weapon shortcuts, unlocking DMR’s and shotguns. That way, if you like, you can quickly get your hands on a large portion of the weapons available in Battlefield 4.
 
[b]Double XP Weekend[/b]
During the Player Appreciation Month, we’ll be running a double XP weekend for all players. If you’re one of our many Battlefield 4 Premium members, you’ll also get an additional double XP weekend during the Player Appreciation Month as an added bonus.
 
[b]Community Missions[/b]
You will be able to participate in global DICE Community Missions where you will work together to unlock Gold Battlepacks. During the first of these Community-wide challenges, we will ask you to grab a set number of dog tags during a specified time. More details on this first Community Mission in Battlefield 4 to follow.
 
[b]DICE Developer Talks[/b]
Increased developer interaction and transparency on how we work is frequently requested from our fans. During Player Appreciation Month, we will host a number of interviews with some of the core developers of Battlefield 4. In these interviews, you can ask them about their line of work, the effort they’ve put into Battlefield 4, or in the case of our core gameplay designer, what the balancing process of Battlefield 4 looks like. We will announce the dates and channels for these developer interviews as the Player Appreciation Month kicks off.
 
We’re going to have more information available on each of the Battlefield 4[i] Player Appreciation Month [/i]activities throughout February. Check back here for those details.
 
If you are currently playing Battlefield 4, we hope you enjoy this month-long community appreciation. If you haven’t played in a little while, it’s a great time to get back in the game. Whoever you are, we appreciate the time you spend with Battlefield 4[i],[/i] we thank you for your support and we hope to keep hearing from you on the Battlefield 4 forums on Battlelog. Here’s to a great 2014!
[i]Karl Magnus Troedsson, DICE VP & GM[/i]

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 21:50
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For those BF4 h00rs that have all the weapons, max rank (xp = useless), etc, etc, what do we get?

 

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Thu, 01/30/2014 - 06:02
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Like buying your wife flowers after she catches you in bed with her sister.

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:59
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I don't think my PC has enough storage for all those XP boosts in the packs.

I've only used about three since the game released.

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 12:42
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New patch for PC dropped today.  Here are the patch notes:

 

We’ve started rolling out a new Battlefield 4 game update on PC. You may experience some downtime during this rollout, as we are also updating the game servers. As usual, it will take a few hours before the majority of servers are updated. 

This update is mainly designed to prepare the game for the upcoming release of the expansion pack Battlefield 4 Second Assault. Find out all about the new Mantle renderer in 
this news post [battlelog.battlefield.com]. We will announce the release date for this expansion pack later. 

This update also includes the first release of Mantle support for Battlefield 4 on PC. This update also addresses various other items, detailed in the patch notes below. 

If the game update doesn't start automatically for you, you can trigger it by going into the Origin Client, right clicking Battlefield 4 and selecting "Check for updates". 

Jan 30 PC Game Update Notes 

Mantle Support 
The new Mantle renderer has been added in Battlefield 4. Most players can expect a performance increase by using this new low-level graphics API. Check out 
this news post [battlelog.battlefield.com] for the full details on Mantle, what the requirements are to run it, and how to enable it. 

CPU/GPU performance and monitoring 
-Tweaked and improved CPU multi-core utilization to try and avoid stuttering and low framerate due to stalls that happened on some CPU and OS configurations. 
-Users can now configure and control themselves how many CPU cores should be used in the game with the new “Thread.MaxProcessorCount” settings in User.cfg. 
-“Render.DrawScreenInfo 1” now also shows information about which CPU and GPU is in the system, how many GPUs & CPU cores are used and which renderer (DirectX 11 or Mantle) is active 
-Added new “PerfOverlay.FrameFileLogEnable” command that records frame times on CPU & GPU and logs out to a .csv file 
-AMD Catalyst driver 13.12 (or later) is now recommended instead of 13.9 
-Enabled tile-based compute shader lighting optimization on Nvidia for improved GPU performance (already active on AMD GPUs) 
-Improved performance with rendering and spotlights for all GPUs, primarily in in-door environments 

DMR Balance Tweaks 
-Increased the damage of all DMRs across all ranges. Specifically, damage has been increased at long ranges to allow three-hit kills against unarmored opponents. Additionally, reduced the penalty to accuracy for sustained DMR fire, allowing more rapid follow up shots in combat. The amount of the damage increase varies from weapon to weapon, according to its intended range, rate of fire, and damage. We will continue to monitor the effectiveness of DMRs in combat, and determine if additional action is needed to make DMRs a viable mid to long range weapon. 

Other Items 
-Significantly reduced the duration of the black screen when spawning in, and fixed the issue with players getting killed before being in-game 
-Greatly reduced the risk of crosshairs disappearing, which would also result in hit markers disappearing 
-Added a headshot icon on the killcard. This should help identify instances where players are correctly killed by one shot 
-Fixed an issue in Squad Deathmatch where the “Win/Lose” text was overlapping 
-Fixed an issue with players using an exploit for the SOFLAM 
-Fixed an issue with players using an exploit for the MAV 
-Fixed the gameplay code to properly track the FOV (Field of View) changes in the options menu 
-Fixed an issue where chat would break when entering "false" or "true" in the chat window 
-Fixed an out-of-helicopter glitch in Air Superiority where players could spawn on the ground and play as infantry 
-Fixed the misaligned crosshairs on the T90 MBT 
-Added setting to tweak joystick dead zone 
-Various minor crash fixes

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