Battlefield 4 developer DICE has unveiled a new server, coined as the “Community Test Environment” server, that will offer up the opportunity for Premium players to work with the developer in improving the game.
Because players have been so pivotal in providing DICE with valuable feedback, passionate Battlefield 4 fans will become a part of the development process to help test out new ideas and solutions to the game’s current issues and problems, before rolling updates out to everyone else once fixes have been found.
One of the first things the Community Test Environment will be working on is the “Netcode”, which is what players experience when playing multiplayer–it takes into account player-to-player interactions, like registering damage. With working on the Netcode, the development process will also include tweaking to the“tickrate” servers and networking in general.
DICE is hoping that launching this new program will help it address player feedback a lot more quickly and help it improve the overall quality of the game.
The program itself, however, will only be available on PC. Although, the aim is for the fruits of the program’s work to help benefit all platforms whenever possible. As implied above, you’ll have to be a Battlefield 4 Premium members to access the Community Test Environment server. DICE has detailed instructions on how to join said server, which has been listed below.
Read and accept the Terms of Service and Agreement
Log into Origin with your existing account username and password (your account must have Premium activated in order to proceed)
Start Origin and download the new Battlefield 4 CTE game client that now should be visible
Install the Battlelog browser plugin
Get familiar with the guidelines by visiting the Forums on http://cte.battlelog.com/bf4/forum/
Though the program will initially be available for Premium members to opt-in, DICE has cautioned that there will be a limit as to how many players can join the server at one time. The developer does have plans to expand the server for a larger playbase in the future after the program has been worn in a bit.
Following DICE’s announcement of Battlefield 4’s new Rent-A-Server feature, the developer acknowledged that both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles were experiencing difficulties that cause the feature to not fully function properly. In an update on the same announcement post on Friday, May 2, DICE stated that the service is now back up and running, but not everything is fully fixed yet.
On the plus side, DICE finally resolved Battlefield 4’s rubber banding issues on Friday, April 25. It has also introduced “ Squad Join Beta ” to the game, which will allow you to team up with up to four other players in a party-like fashion before joining a multiplayer server. Check our Joshua Bruce’s review of Battlefield 4 on Xbox One here .
[ Battlefield.com ]