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Battlefield 4’s Spectator Mode Explained

The continually evolving e-Sports scene has, over the recent years, transformed into an industry of its own. It’s a lucrative industry from a business standpoint – one that EA wants to be a part of with their soon-to-be-released sequel to the famed shooter franchise, Battlefield.

With millions of users watching professional gamers compete in various tournaments for various games on daily basis, the addition of spectator modes in competitive multiplayer games is slowly becoming a norm.

DICE’s Battlefield 4 will follow suit, according to a new blog on the game’s website.

Pros aren’t the only ones popular amongst spectators. Amateur streams on Twitch of League of Legnds and DOTA 2 players are watched just as much.

Most players don’t just look at other people play to entertain themselves with a more hands-off approach to games; many do so to learn new tricks and gameplay styles. DICE explains that they had all this in mind, and the new Spectator Mode was added to “give everyone front row seats to the all-out war of Battlefield 4′s multiplayer.”

The blog post details how the new spectator features work. To begin with, Spectators won’t take up player slots in Battlefield 4 servers. All servers on PC and next-gen consoles will have 4 additional slots for spectators. This brings the total player tally to 70 – 64 soldiers, 2 commanders and 4 spectators.

Once inside the game as a spectator, players can toggle between four different views, allowing you to see the action in a number of ways. These include the game’s standard first-person view, a third-person cam, ‘Tapletop’ (spectator version of the commander mode view) and ‘Freecam’.

Instead of giving you control over a single, free-moving camera, the Freecam in Battlefield 4 lets you place multiple cameras that you can switch between on-the-fly. This should allow players to catch the action in Battlefield 4’s massive warzones no matter where it happens.

The blog also has information on how the Spectator Mode is going to be used for competitive gaming. DICE had the following to say regarding e-Sports, and why they thought they needed a Spectator Mode for their latest title:

“While no one can say exactly when, we at DICE are convinced that e-sports will someday become the most popular sport on the planet, and we’d like Battlefield to be one of the games that makes that happen. That’s another reason why we need a Spectator Mode, and a really good one as well.”

For screenshots and more details, check out the blog post on the Battlefield website.