EA Digital Illusions Creative Entertainment’s 2013 first-person shooter, Battlefield 4 is set to go dark in September 2015.
Earlier this month, EA and DICE announced a free expansion pack, Night Operations for their 2013 first-person shooter, Battlefield 4.
The first map to debut is Zavod: Graveyard shift, a night time version of the Battlefield 4 map Zavod 311, get a glimpse at the Zavod: Graveyard Shift in the 60fps trailer.
Battlefield 4 Night Operations promises to change the game in number of ways. “Shrouding the battlefield in darkness, players will need to use different tactics than they may be accustomed to, said Community Manager on the blog.
Using things like night vision scopes, flares, and other gadgets to gain a tactical advantage in the dark maps.”
Along with Zavod: Graveyard shift, two more night maps will be released with the expansion: Siege of Shanghai and Golmud Railway. All three maps were developed by DICE and tested in a Community Test Environment with player feedback.
The expansion will support many of the popular game modes including Conquest, Rush, Obliteration, Team Death Match, Domination, and Gun Master.
The September patch release bring in more than just night maps, the developer has made several improvements and added new features, new public server team balancer, weapons tweaks, and additional netcode improvements.
ON THE GRAVEYARD SHIFT
The new night map, Zavod: Graveyard Shift (based off of Zavod 311), is dark and has several differences to its daylight counterpart.
Here are some examples:
- Destructible lights
At night, the map is littered with destructible lights, which you can use to your advantage. Want to make sure you gain the upper hand using night vision scopes? Take all lights out in an area and prey on your enemies!
- Ground Level fog
At night, the exterior areas are blanketed in a thick fog – this fog makes it very hard to spot players on the ground from above – unless you sport a night vision scope…
- Vehicle lights
All vehicles have lights, which makes anyone inside an easy target – don’t use vehicles if you want to stay hidden!
- Flanking routes
With darkness descending on the map, using flanking routes on the side of the map is a very viable tactic to get around the center area and take a backside objective from the enemy.
- Use new Gun Master to your advantage
We’ve added a new Gun Master weapon preset with night vision and utility in mind – use to practice night time play if you haven’t unlocked all the needed gadgets yet. It really shines when played on the alternate Gun Master layout on Zavod: Graveyard Shift!
STEALTH GAMEPLAY AND TACTICS
Battlefield 4 Night Operations release includes several improvements to “gadgets of the night” and their usability on the Battlefield.
Think about what cues you give off:
Gets you quickly from point A to B, but makes footstep sounds which makes you easy to pinpoint and prey on.
- Vehicle usage
Being in a vehicle normally means relative safety, but headlights and engine sounds put a rather large target on your back
- Flashlight, laser, and other weapon attachments
While great help in an engagement, they draw attention to your position and exact location
RECOMMENDED COMBINATIONS AND COUNTERS
- Smoke + Nightvision scopes
An oldie but goodie, chuck a smoke grenade into an area and using your night vision scope to pick off unsuspecting enemies. This works best in narrow passages, like the underground tunnel between C & D for instance.
- Flare + LMG
Used as a Smoke + Nightvision counter, Flares negate the positive aspects of night vision scopes, and you’ll be able to blanket the area with bullets as it’s engulfed in smoke.
- Flashbangs + Shotgun/PDW
A tactic viable in both and nighttime play. Using a flashbang against a night scope user gives you a significant advantage in the dark, even more so than using a flashbang under normal conditions. Clean it up with a well-placed shotgun blast and you’re deadlier than ever.
- Dirty, dirty claymores & mines
Claymores are very effective at nighttime, especially if you are being hunted. Remember to use sounds to your advantage, or why not your flashlight? AT Mines are also very effective in negating that pesky tank, but they do have a new little red blinky light attached to them, so you’re not all out of luck if you’re controlling a vehicle if you keep your eyes peeled!
Battlefield 4 Night Operations will release sometime next month only on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One due to limitations of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.