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Fix for BF4 Loading Screen Bug; BF4 BugTracker

For some people, the latest patch, which fixed a few minor issues, and the big “Sound Loop Crash”, created a problem with not being to get past the loading screen, though most indications are that gameplay is still consistent.

Some players have found various fixes for this issue, and it seems to stem from using a third-party settings changer to effect the UI.DrawEnable configuration.

Here’s a suggestion on how to fix it, thanks to /u/LightOfShadows on Reddit:

In your origin games/battlefield 4 folder (or where ever your root folder is) open user.cfg in notepad or other text program. Delete the line UI.DrawEnable 1 and save the file.

Note, this settings file should only be present if you have manually created it using a third-party settings editor for BF4...

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Battlefield 4 Platoons Coming February 27th

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Platoons, which made their debut in Battlefield 3, will finally be returning to Battlefield 4 on February 27th.

Unlike the Battlefield 3 platoon, which was mostly appearance based, there will be some distinct new features in this iteration, which emphasize how well the members in a platoon do both together and individually.

New Features will include:

– The ability to create and join a Platoon for up to 100 members.
– Basic Platoon management such as inviting, applying, and promoting/demoting members.
– A private and public Platoon feed, where you can communicate and coordinate.
– A Platoon emblem and tag that all members can easily apply.
– The ability to earn stats for your Platoon and rank it up, and see all the matches you played together.

Platoons can rank up from 1-10 (with more to ...

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Ask DICE: Bence Pajor on Sound Design

Bence-PajorIn DICE’s “Ask DICE” seriesaudio director Bence Pajor answered questions on sound design, sent in by the Battlefield 4 community.

Q: Thank you for a fun game and an awesome “sound image”. Is the sound team split up in smaller groups, one team focusing on vehicles and another on guns/ambient etc.?

A: You’re welcome! The sound team is usually split up in small groups that handle specific parts of the soundscape, but we all touch pretty much everything during the full course of a project.

Q: What is the most challenging thing to do from a sound perspective?
A: The most challenging thing is to make all the parts fit together as one coherent experience.

Q: How does DICE create weapon, vehicle and environment sound effects in the game? Do you use actual weapons and vehicles or cr...

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DICE Community Mission: Capture 100 Million Objectives

conquest capDICE’s third community mission has been announced, capture 100 million objectives in 5 days.  This community mission is active between February 21, 7AM PST/4PM CET and February 26, 7AM PST/4PM CET.

As with the other two community missions, if it is completed in time, all participating players across all formats will be rewarded with a Gold Battlepack (entitled to players’ Origin accounts on February 27). Note that the Capture the Flag game mode isn’t part of this mission.

Put your team play skills in Conquest and Domination to the test.

You will be able to track the progress of this mission here on Battlelog under the “Missions” tab. The results will be presented on the official Battlefield Blog on February 26. Now, go get those control points!

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Battlefield Franchise Blowout Sale, Get Battlefield 4 at 50% Off

OriginHuge deals on the entire Battlefield franchise are listed on Origin today. The sale will last until the end of February. The sale also includes a ton of digital content and shortcut kits.

– Battlefield 4 PC (Download): $29.99
– Battlefield 4 PC (Disc): $41.99
– Battlefield 4 Xbox 360: $41.99
– Battlefield 4 PlayStation 3: $41.99
– Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe: $34.99
– Battlefield 4 China Rising: $11.99
– Battlefield 4 Premium $49.99 (Amazon)
– Battlefield 4 and Premium Membership Bundle PC (Download): $80.28
– Battlefield 3 PC (Download): $9.99
– Battlefield 3 PC (Disc): $14.99
– Battlefield 3 Premium Edition PC (Download): $19.99
– Battlefield 3 Premium Edition PC (Disc): $19.99
– Battlefield 3 Premium Edition Xbox 360: $27.99
– Battlefield 3 Premium Edition PlayStation 3: $27.99
– Batt...

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First community mission pays today. Second mission unsuccessful. Third mission details tomorrow [UPDATE]

BF4_player_appreciation_monthThe DICE Community Missions during the Player Appreciation Month have been great examples of cooperation in the Battlefield 4 community. The first mission to grab 10,000,000 dog tags in just six days, was a success. As a reward, all participating players across all formats will receive a gold battlepack entitled to their Origin account today.

DICE’s second community mission failed to reach the goal. Battlefield players managed to destroy 46,190,615 vehicles, just shy of the 50,000,000 target and thus will not be rewarded with a gold battlepack. It seems like the Battlefield is full of drivers skilled at using counter-measures!

The third DICE Community Mission will start this Friday, February 21. DICE is holding off with the details for that one just a little bit longer, stay tuned...

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Battlefield 4 Shortcut Kits

shortcut-kits-bf4One of the many giveaways during the Battlefield 4 Player Appreciation Month are the Shortcut Kits, voluntary bundles that will unlock various weapons for Battlefield 4 (the base game), allowing you to make up for lost time, or just catch up if you’re new to the game. The Shortcut Kits are now available for download at no cost for a limited time.

Battlefield 4 Premium members will get access to two special Shortcut Kits, on top of two other Shortcut Kits accessible to all Battlefield 4 owners. See below for the handout schedule.

February 18 to February 24
Shortcut Kit: Hand Guns
Battlefield 4 Premium Shortcut Kit: DMR’s

February 25 to March 4
Shortcut Kit: Grenades
Battlefield 4 Premium Shortcut Kit: Shotguns

How to claim your Shortcut Kits

PC Owner:
Go to the Store section on Battl...

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Battlefield 4 ‘Handgun Shortcut Kit’ available free [Limited time offer]

Battlefield 4 Handgun Shortcut Kit PromoEA is giving away some Battlefield 4 instant handgun unlocks for a limited time. Today through February 24, you can pick up a pack that will ordinarily cost $4.99 once the promotion is over. While it it currently doesn’t unlock the weapons today, you can add it to your cart and check out now and once the kit is released in the coming days, your Origin will automatically start downloading the pack and the weapons will unlock.

The ‘Handgun Shortcut Kit’ on Origin includes unlocks for the M9, QSZ-92, MP443, Shorty 12G, G18, FN57, M1911, 93R, CZ-75, .44 Magnum, and Compact 45. It notably doesn’t include any DLC unlocks. The listing includes a “Coming Soon” date and a suggested sale price, so presumably after the promotion is over it will release officially and go up to five bucks.

The pack is also available to download from Xbox Live and soon from the PlayStation Network.

Launch your Origin client, goto STORE and search for “Handgun” (as shown below). Add the shortcut kit to your cart and check out ...

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Ask DICE: Linnea Harrison answers questions on Battlefield 4 level design

Linnea Harrison DICEIn DICE’s “Ask DICE” series, 3D level artist Linnea Harrison (@Dhiel) answered questions on level design, sent in by the Battlefield 4 community.

Q: Can you explain the whole process of map design from start? First you must have an idea of location… and then? How do you test the gameplay of a new level design? 
A: After the main setting of a game is decided, everyone at DICE sends in their awesome ideas for locations and interesting gameplay hooks. We had hundreds of ideas submitted for levels in Battlefield 4. The level designer/artists then starts blocking in some spaces for the level based on neat locations near the reference. The larger spaces (bases) are shifted around, reworked, reworked, and reworked until they are as fun as possible...

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