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Posted by Chris Scott Barr on Jul 18, 2012

Battlefield 4 Is Official, Beta Access For MoH: Warfighter Pre-Orders

On Monday we brought you the news that EA had accidentally promised beta access for Battlefield 4 to those who pre-ordered Medal of Honor: Warfighter. We say “accidentally” because the text was quickly removed, with no mention of a new Battlefield title. Well today they have made this offer official.

According to the post on Battlefield.com, DICE is definitely working on the next installment, but they aren’t talking about it. The only thing they want to mention about Battlefield 4 is that beta access will be granted to those who pre-order Medal of Honor: Warfighter. It doesn’t matter which version or platform you choose, either. But the real question here is why they’re doing this.

Don’t get me wrong, I understand the appeal of getting into the beta for an upcoming game. I’ve participated in plenty of them myself, and enjoy getting a peek at a future game. However, the way EA is going about this just seems off.

First, the game wasn’t formally announced until just now. And then, they only made it public so that they could tie it into a promotion for a different game. No information, other than a title was given here, which really makes this feel like something that was cooked up last-minute by someone in the marketing department. After all, nothing sells games like the promise of testing out another game that you don’t know anything about.

The other thing that really seems weird is the timing. Battlefield 3 has been out for less than a year, and is only about halfway through the cycle of planned DLC. If you’re still wanting to push that extra content, why distract people with the promise of a brand new game? I guess that would explain the lack of details released. They want us to get excited about the fact that they’re working on BF4, but not so excited that we don’t want to keep buying DLC for 3.

With that said, there will be plenty of people who will be excited to get the guaranteed beta access. What I’m curious about is just how many of those people will decide to pre-order the game just to get said access.

Also, if you’re wondering how the leak from this weekend happened, it would seem the party responsible actually documented the entire process. As it turns out, it was none other than Freddy Wong himself. Check out the video below.

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