Battlefield 4 – Hints of Unseen Map, Submarine, and Commander Mode Assets

In the latest “Road to Battlefield 4” blog post, the Battlefield devs discuss how Commander Mode was created for Battlefield 2 and how the idea evolved to what it has become in Battlefield 4.  Within the blog post is an animated gif of some Commander Mode concept mock-ups for Battlefield 4.  The primary images of this gif are the familiar top-down view of Siege of Shanghai.

However, if one is to break the gif down to its individual frames for more careful viewing, we can see what appears to be a new map.  On the right side of this new map appears to be a dam.  They have already discussed a levee that can be breached to flood an urban map, so whether or not this dam will do the same we will have to wait to see.  It seems fairly clear to me this is not the same map, however, because the levee map shown in the Levolution trailer was more of an urban environment with tight streets and many more buildings than this map shows.

Another interesting item seen in the image is a commander asset not seen before. The asset appears to be a submarine, or more specifically, the AGSS-569 USS Albacore.  Will the commander have access to a submarine on certain maps?  If so, will it be a player-driven vehicle, or will it operate more like the AC-130 Gunship?  The possibility of a sub on a map such as this certainly implies that the dam can be breached to create an almost all-water map.

Dam map sub

Keep in mind that the images in this gif are apparently meant to illustrate the evolution of the Commander Mode concept for BF4.  I would assume that any map images this detailed used for these concept images is likely from a real map created for the game.  However, much about the commander UI, assets, and other things seen in these images is certainly subject to change, so this certainly isn’t confirmation of a submarine in the game, although it is confirmation they have considered it.

Josh, aka "Heplinger", is a father, PC gamer, and geek who enjoys the speculation and analysis of Battlefield content, as well as the discussion of the hardware behind it. He is content producer for Heplinger Gaming on YouTube, posting Battlefield and other gaming content.
  • Zachary Smith

    The albacore was decommissioned and is now in a museum… I hope it’s a different submarine at launch

    • Heplinger

      Agreed. That does seem a little strange to choose a decommissioned sub, even for their concept phase.

  • Cameron

    However as LevelCap and Luetin discussed, DICE stated that each map’s major levolution event will be unique and that means we probably won’t see two maps with dam destruction. Also with the submarine I thought maybe it could be used as a spawn platform, to launch combat boats, jetskis or commander-controlled missiles like in Siege. Who knows eh?

    • Heplinger

      That is a good point. I read through a discussion on reddit after submitting this article that suggested this is a dry dam and destroying it unleashes an avalanche of rocks or opens up new cap points.

      • Cameron

        Ah that’s a clever idea, I’ll guess we’ll have to wait and see!