This morning, Battlefield posted the new story trailer for the single player mode of Battlefield 4. DICE promises this will be a much more engaging single player campaign than ever released with any core Battlefield title. This is certainly an exciting trailer, and makes me feel that the single player campaign will be worth the time. Kudos to Randy Evans (@killat0n_), the DICE Senior Video Editor in charge of this particular trailer.
Playing out much like a blockbuster movie trailer, it leads us into a story in which a naval fleet appears to be cutoff. We then see a key source of drama in the story: distrust from “Irish”, leader of the campaign squad, of the key female character, Hannah. The trailer then goes into a montage of action sequences, and we hear Irish state what may likely be (and often is for modern military story lines) a central them of the story and his character, “We are not going to leave you behind; no one gets left behind!”
The trailer moves to a theme of desperate hope as (what I assume to be) the captain of the Valkyrie addresses those on board to state they are the only ship left, but they won’t go down without a fight. Once that hope is established, we see the action rise again as ship our characters are on is split in two and the battle moves to land. It is here that the trailer appears to take a shot at Call of Duty when Irish punches a dog like the COD dog at 1:37.
Overall, it appears to be the intense action one expects from a modern military setting, and may well involve a deep and engaging story line. Of course, it will likely still include some of the cliche moments, themes, and lines, but I am hopeful the team at DICE has made it their own so it rises above being “just another action story”. Let’s also hope the enemy has a halfway competent AI; an engaging story is only half the battle.
Do you look forward to the single player campaign? If so, will you be playing it first, or just when you need a break from multiplayer? I have some time off work in the first weeks after release, so hopefully I can play through it some time when friends aren’t online to play with.