By Paul Hunter
Medal of Honor: Warfighter was already looking enticing, and with the announcement from Electronic Arts that every pre-order of the Limited Edition version comes with a beta code to play Battlefield 4, it's even more appealing. Especially when you consider that before this announcement, we weren't aware of the existence of Battlefield 4, at least not in any official capacity.
EA took an interesting route when announcing Battlefield 4, as the press release and promotional video tied to the announcement spoke mostly about Medal of Honor: Warfighter. In fact, EA is being so tip-lipped about the game they're only going so far as to say "the exclusive Battlefield 4 beta will be available in Fall 2013," and that "additional details regarding Battlefield 4 will be revealed at a later date."
This news isn't exactly surprising, since an internal slip on Origin, EA's official online store, revealed a teaser image about the Battlefield 4 beta promotion a few days ago. Nevertheless, it's good to get an official confirmation from the publisher, even if the details were sparse.
EA's Danger Close studio is behind the Medal of Honor series, which saw a reboot in 2010, and has the next official title in the series, Warfighter, releasing this October. While EA's DICE studio is responsible for Battlefield, the development team has also lended its talent to Danger Close, having created the Medal of Honor multiplayer experience using their proprietary Frostbite Engine.
In the press release, EA noted that Medal of Honor: Warfighter will utilize the updated Frostbite 2 Engine, which made its official game debut in last fall's Battlefield 3. The improved game engine significantly boosts the in-game physics, allowing for much more realistic destruction during combat.
To create an authentic game experience for Medal of Honor: Warfighter, EA enlisted the help of U.S. Tier 1 Operations deployed overseas to write a story inspired by real soldiers. Warfighter's story will take place in many real world hotspots in the single-player campaign and introduces international Tier 1 Operators from 10 different nations in multiplayer for the very first time.
An official video detailing the Warfighter team gameplay, and the Battlefield 4 beta announcement, was released in conjuction with the press release. Have a look here:
Medal of Honor: Warfighter comes out October 23, 2012, for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. The game is being developed by Los Angeles-based Danger Close and published by Electronic Arts.
[This article originally appeared on the Future Shop Tech Blog]