Map variety is perhaps one of the most important aspects of any multiplayer shooter. Sure, gameplay still reigns supreme, but a limited selection of maps would ensure that things get boring very fast. That's why it's reassuring to learn that DICE is launching Battlefield 4 with plenty of maps.
On Friday, DICE announced that Battlefield 4 will have 10 multiplayer maps when it ships on October 29. That's already a lot of maps, but it's even more impressive when you take the size of Battlefield maps into consideration. These are maps intended for 64 players on PC and next-gen consoles. It's going to take players weeks, if not months, to find all the hidden nooks and crannies in such large maps.
As part of the announcement, DICE announced the final map - Zavod 311 - and released a list of the 10 maps players will have access to at launch.
Starting with the new map, DICE says that Zavod 311 is set in a Soviet tank factory from the Cold War era that has been overrun with foliage. What makes the map interesting is that it contains an undetonated warhead that can be activated to destroy part of the map to open up new areas.
Here's the first image of the map (courtesy of the Battlefield blog):
As for the rest, here's all 10 maps that will be available at launch:
Of course, more maps will be added to the game over the course of its lifetime. EA and DICE have already announced Battlefield 4 Premium - a season pass that will net you each of the game's planned DLC expansions two weeks before they launch for everybody else.
If you want more Battlefield 4 multiplayer goodness, check out the latest trailer that was released earlier this month.[Image: Battlefield Blog]