Battlefield 4: Second Assault is Timed Exclusive Map Pack on Xbox One

Battlefield 4 will be receiving a timed exclusive map pack called Second Assault on the Xbox One, developer DICE announced during Microsoft’s E3 conference.

An accompanying trailer, which refused to start up for at least 2-3 minutes, showed off uncut Battlefield 4 gameplay from the same Second Assault DLC; which according to DICE was running at 60 frames per second.

Personally, I have to say that I’m still in denial over the trailer. There is no way that was running on a console, even if we’re entering the next-gen era. However, if it was, then that’s some mean hardware you have Microsoft.

The trailer takes place on the high seas upon a sinking aircraft carrier; where the player is surrounded by friendlies and pitted against hordes of enemies. Pretty much everything on the ship is destructible, and the water animation is achingly beautiful. The trailer is packed full of uncut action and reminds us that Battlefield 4 is going to be one heck of an experience.

The game is scheduled for release on October 29 for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC. Those who pre-order Battlefield 4 will receive the China Rising expansion pack. Consumers who pre-order the game’s Origin-exclusive Digital Deluxe Edition will also get bonus in-game items and access to the Battlefield 4 multiplayer beta.

It seems I was right in assuming that the demo shown was from the PC version. The confirmation comes from a tweet by Digital Foundry, as well as other sources.

Sponge explains it as the following:

It looked lovely, but an icon in the corner of the screen suggested that the game was in fact running on PC hardware. A backspace key can be seen which takes users back to the Battlelog. Unless a keyboard is part of Microsoft’s new set of input options, the game isn’t running on Xbox One.

Perhaps the PC version was a backup, since the console one failed to start up.