Come this Autumn, two rivals will go head to head yet again as Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts fight for the FPS throne. This year the stakes have been raised even higher as both EA and Activision look to get a firm hold on the next-gen install base.
In truth, in won’t matter who “wins” whether in terms of critical reception or sales; these are both going to be stellar shooters. Much of the quality, as is always the case, won’t be determined by a compelling singleplayer narrative. However, that hasn’t stopped EA from detailing the plot for Battlefield 4.
The latest DICE shooter is focused on an imminent conflict which could rapidly expand to a global crisis (who’d have thought?) China’s unstable and ripe for the taking. As luck would have it, authoritarian Admiral Chang is planning a coup and, if successful, will no doubt be backed by the Russians if China declares war.
Stuck in the middle of it all is Tombstone Squad, a band of specialists sent to gather intel on the possible Russian defection. Predictably, everything goes tits up and before Tombstone can open their eyes they’re already looking down the barrel of a gun.
It’s interesting enough even if a bit conventional. Hopefully we won’t be darting around the world to different operatives and stick with Tombstone as they brave the roller-coaster journey that awaits.
Whether or not it’ll be “just another war story” or something poignant (ala Spec Ops: The Line) remains to be seen, though we’re hoping for the latter.
To get the full details, head over to EA’s blog.