Brand new expansion, brand new trailer.
By Alex Walker on March 21, 2014 at 8:37 am
As the name implies, there’s a lot of sea-bound action in Naval Strike, the upcoming add-on for Battlefield 4. It’s not the yarrrr-let’s-get-drunk-on-rum kind of sea action and you’re unlikely to enjoy it as much as the original Monkey Island, but anybody who regularly plays Battlefield 4 and still has hair left after all the netcode patches will no doubt appreciate the content.
Besides, who doesn’t like new maps? There’s four of them in Naval Strike and a new post on DICE’s Battlefield blog has described the basic layout behind each one. Lost Islands features a downed airplaned in the centre of the map, which is giving me flashbacks of the rather excellent Afghan map from Modern Warfare 2. Operation Mortar has a series of huts surrounding a small archipelago, with an old fort overlooking the entire battlefield, making it a haven for pacifists and snipers alike.
Wave Breaker, which will “give players intense fights in Deathmatch modes” according to the blog, focuses on a submarine base that “allows for tight close quarter combat”. I wonder if that’s the kind of tight combat that makes Deathmatch on, say, Operation Locker equal parts fun to frustrating. Sadly, the map’s apparently given the author free licence to bust out the word “Levolution”, an abomination no gamer should be forced to endure this early on a Friday morning. At least not without vodka or a quality whisky.
Last off the rank is Nansha Strike, oddly described as a “very boat heavy map”. You’d think most of the maps in Naval Strike were boat heavy. It’s not really naval warfare without a lot of boats. Still, I’ll be fair and let the developers explain. “The central area provides a lot of cover for infantry and is a death trap for water vehicles if they try to enter it via the small rivers. The surrounding bases can be captured from the water, with some offering big bases in the middle of the sea for infantry.” It actually sounds like a fairly good map for 32 vs 32 battles, so I shouldn’t be so harsh. But then, I’ve only had a few hours sleep, so I’m allowed to be cranky. Right?
There’s a new trailer for the expansion too, which you can enjoy below. Premium members will get access to Naval Strike on March 25. Vanilla grunts get to play with the new boats from April 8.