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Commander Mode Brings DICE's Biggest Shooter To Tablets

You may not need swift first-person shooter skills to excel at Battlefield 4, but only if you have a sharp mind.

Though it was rumored in April, DICE officially revealed Commander Mode for Battlefield 4 at E3. Beloved by players from Battlefield 2, the strategic leadership role was missing from Battlefield 3. Whether the match is happening on consoles or PCs, the leader's overhead map can be accessed from tablet devices.

Commander Mode grants one player an overhead view of the battle and access to various support abilities. In the trailer below, Lars Gustavsson, creative director at DICE, describes the three responsibilities a commanding player will have to take on.

The commander will engage in a data war with the opposing team's leader by calling in UAVs and denying enemy intelligence gathering attempts. To fuel the war machine, commanders can also drop supplies and vehicles directly into a war zone. Lastly, the leader can go on the offensive with missile strikes and other aerial bombardments.

Though this role is undoubtedly powerful, a good commander can't win a game alone. Gustavsson said the range of abilities available to a leader is directly tied to the team's overall performance.

  • This looks like one of the best uses for Smartglass and tablets yet.
  • I cannot wait to try this!

  • eww

  • great, now i have to poop

  • I can't wait for this game.! This game is the singular reason I am getting a next gen console on launch day. I usually wait 6-12 months. But this sh** looks f****ng awesome!

    Edit: look at where BF:Bad Company was back when it first came out for the 360 in 2008. Graphically and technically it looked good and played good. Fast forward almost 6 years later and look how far we've come (graphically and technically speaking). Now extrapolate that, imagine where we may be in 5 years from now. We may be seeing TRUE 100 player matches. ..........this generation is going to be exciting!
  • I thought it said "destruction with a fap of the finger"...
  • Well, first I would like to say that I wish that guy would read books to me every night before I go to sleep, and secondly that girl was cute as hell.
  • Why just the xbox one tag? It's coming to everything (well except Wii U)

    edit: And, now the tags are all there. :)
  • I think this is BS. Technically now heavy artillery like tanks are useless because of this mode. Tell me one reason that im wrong. Bcause im think im not.
  • They could have also used the PS4s controller touch pad for Commander Mode. Oh well...
  • COD" JUST GOT OWNED!!! Wow this is BRILLIANT!!! Now i can assist people on PS4 through my iPad on the Go.
  • As long as you can access all these features w/o having to have a tablet or smart-glass, im all cool with it :-)
  • I don't find myself playing FPS games anywhere as much as I used to but DICE are killing it with the latest Battlefield games. Even if I only end up playing this game occasionally because I prefer Arma over Battlefield, I will buy this just to support what these guys are doing.
  • Training the next generation of drone pilots with the next generation of video games for the next generation of warfare.

  • I've gotta admit, that's pretty cool.

  • This is the only reason I'm getting a next-gen console at launch. The 64 player MP is too much to pass up.

  • Chills. It gave me chills.
  • I'm wondering if I'll be able to use remote-play for the PS Vita and play as the commander.
  • This mode looks really cool and has pretty much won me over for BF4 all by itself. I'll admit my competitive FPS skills are far from the best but I really do enjoy a good match in BF3.

    Commander Mode looks like it will bring the best of both worlds: getting to engage and progress in a large-scale competitive FPS environment without having to get into the thick of the action if you don't want to.

  • This game is going to be even better with the Xbox One's Kinect voice commands. I cannot believe that people do not see the potential of the new Kinect. I guess that is what happens when people stop thinking for themselves.
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