“Orbit camping” – The ability to fly a helicopter at a high altitude, dubbed “orbit”, with full ability to spam weapons and rack up huge killstreaks without risk from the ground.
Confirmed today by DICE lead core gameplay designer Alan Kertz via Twitter, it appears that one’s ability to orbit camp has been recognized as an issue in BF3 and has been subsequently removed from Battlefield 4. Implementing two different “flight ceilings” for jets and helicopters ensures chopper pilots won’t be able to exploit this flaw and rake in the easy kills.
Kertz added, “Orbit helicopters are no fun. Orbit helicopters shoot someone. From like 800m away. Fixing that for the next game. Choppers need skill.”
Speaking of skill, does your chopper flying skills need some work? During a Q&A session with IGN, Lars Gustavsson of DICE stated that a flight test range has been added to BF4 so new pilots can hone, or build, their flying skills before heading out on the Battlefield.
“We’ve definitely heard that people are afraid of getting in there [and using vehicles like helicopters] and that’s not our intent, so what we’ve done is, we’ve added a test range, which allows you to try out all the hardware ahead of time so that if you want to learn to fly a helicopter you can get in there and you can find the settings that work best for you. And then start doing some stunt flights just to feel safe before you go out and get the responsibility of a bunch of other people sitting in your helicopter, so I truly hope that this will help people feel more safe about trying out the whole battlefield.”
Thank you DICE.