Battlefield 4 High-Performance Server Solution


Hi everyone,

As you know, we’ve been looking into resolving the “rubber banding” that some players on certain platforms have experienced with Battlefield 4 after the recent release of Naval Strike.  We’ve found that the root cause of the issue was a configuration of certain hardware types dedicated to 64-player matches.

We have invested in new hardware to resolve this issue and deployed new higher-performance servers this week. In preparation, we conducted a significant amount of testing before installing the new servers to ensure they would correct the issue. We are already seeing performance improvement with 64-player matches and expect this to continue.

While the process took longer than we would’ve liked, we wanted to be 100% sure it was done right and that the long-term solution was properly in place.

Our objective is to deliver the best player experience possible. We feel this solution helps us deliver that to you. Stay tuned to our official channels for more information.

Thanks,

Karl Magnus Troedsson, DICE VP & GM

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Minecraft snapshot 14w17a

It’s been a while since the last snapshot, hope you didn’t miss us too much. We’ve been working a whole bunch on lots of internal rewriting (for plugin API, to make things easier for ourselves and to make things run so much more smoothly) but a lot of that isn’t in this version as it’s fairly unstable.

Notable changes:

  • New highly customisable terrain generation! (Create new world -> “World Type: Customized”)
  • New customisable world borders! Check out the /worldborder command.
  • Lots of bug fixes, performance gains and code cleaninguperizing.
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Please report any and all bugs you find in Minecraft to bugs.mojang.com. If nobody reports a bug, we can’t fix it!

To get snapshots, open your launcher and press the “New Profile” button. Call it “snapshots” and check the box saying “Enable experimental development snapshots” and save. To switch to the normal version, you can select it in the dropdown at the bottom left corner of the launcher. Back up your world first or run the game on in a different folder (See the “new profile” dialog).

Snapshots can corrupt your world, please backup and/or run them in a different folder from your main worlds.

Cross-platform server jar: https://s3.amazonaws.com/Minecraft.Download/versions/14w17a/minecraft_server.14w17a.jar

Report bugs here:

// The Minecraft and Minecraft Realms teams


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Minecraft Realms is now live in North America

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Hello!

We’ve just unleashed Minecraft Realms in North America!

Realms is the easiest way for you to host a Minecraft world online. You and your friends can work on an awesome creation, adventure into the depths, or play one of our featured mini-games with just a few clicks.

The servers are always available, and can be restored to an earlier point if something goes wrong. The service is run by Mojang and extremely simple to set up.

Realms is currently only available for the PC version of Minecraft, though we’re planning on releasing it on other formats in the future. For more information, check minecraft.net/realms

The paid service is currently available in Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Great Britain, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, North America, Norway, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, The Åland Islands, The Cayman Islands, The Faroe Islands, The Isle of Man, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom, and The United Arab Emirates.

Have fun!

Owen – @bopogamel

 

 


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The Easter Eggs of Battlefield


The thrill of finding a well-hidden Easter egg in the nooks and crannies of a video game is a true enjoyment. Ever since Battlefield 1942, the Battlefield games have all been filled with secret messages, mysterious sounds, and prehistoric animals – and the fans of Battlefield have been incredible in finding them. Read on to learn some of the most classic ones.

In this part of Battlefield 3 Aftermath, as documented by pvkiller777, someone seems to have left part of their wardrobe lying around. We have a feeling we will see more of this forgetful individual soon.

In Battlefield 3 End Game, a very special family of three could be found. Check out this video from Westie:

Lying about the size of caught fish is, as you know, sadly common. Battlefield veteran JackFrags and his friends were however not lying when they told us about this mighty catch:

Sometimes you have to look on things from a different perspective to find what you’re looking for. Back in Battlefield 2, you could see something unique if you just took to the skies. Weltaz wonders who put those circles there…

The Battlefield is not only for all-out war, explosions, and crazy vehicle stunts – there should be room for more relaxing activities too. Look what lFlapjackl found in the sand:

There are of course many more Easter egg finding that have been reported (and perhaps more that you haven’t found yet…) but we won’t spoil the hunt for you. DICE would like to wish you all a happy Easter, and of course urge you all this: never stop looking.


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Battlefield 4 Top Plays Voting Round


At the beginning of the week we asked you to submit your Top Plays in Battlefield 4. We received an enormous amount of incredible clips and montages, and thank everyone who participated.

However, as with any competition, there can only be one winner. We’ve narrowed down all of the entries to the best 4 Top Plays. Now we hand them to you to decide who has the best.

Vote for your selection below in the comments, on the Battlefield Facebook, or Twitter.

A. Watch7ower

B. sodapop1619

C. BIitzeh

D. Im_Going_Space

 


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Battlefield 4 Naval Strike Rolling Out for All Players


The tropical Lost Islands and the massive Wave Breaker. The vast Nansha Strike, and the breathtaking Operation Mortar. They are all waiting for you… Battlefield 4 Naval Strike is rolling out during the day on all platforms for non-Premium members.

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With the 4 new naval-focused maps, the new Hovercraft vehicle, 5 new weapons, and of course the thrilling Carrier Assault mode, naval warfare is taken to the next level in this expansion.

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The brand new screenshots in this post will hopefully get you pumped for the water-based mayhem that is Naval Strike. Also, make sure to download the ultra quality Naval Strike release trailer, in glorious 60 FPS/1080p.

Download the Naval Strike Ultra Trailer

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If you want to secure access to the future Battlefield 4 expansions with a two-week head start, become a Battlefield 4 Premium member. See you on the Battlefield!

Get Battlefield 4 Premium


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Battlefield 4 Top Plays Competition


A 2,000+ meter headshot. C4 explosions that take out multiple unsuspecting enemies. Stacking up roadkills as if you were driving through a swarm of locust. These are the moments that can only be found in Battlefield. We want you to share them with us.

Submit your top Battlefield 4 plays by Friday, April 18th where we will announce a winner across Battlefield’s social channels. To the victor goes the prestige and recognition of capturing one of the most insane moments to date.

Tag using #BF4TopPlay and share with us via:

Facebook

Twitter

or

Battlefield Content Submission Form


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“Battlefield Moment” Competition Winner


A while back, we asked you to submit your best Battlefield moment, with the promise of an exclusive Battlefield 4 art print from Cook & Becker awarded to the best submission. We’ve received tons of inspiring stories and it’s been a true pleasure to read about your experiences on the Battlefield.

After a challenging judging process, we have now decided on a winner. “Berdu“, a BF4 fan from Finland who enjoys blowing stuff up and making Battlefield 4 videos, sent us his description of a China Rising session, that caught our eyes. Without further ado, here is the winning submission:

While still deafened and defeated by the explosion, my brain rewinds the chain of events.

The crashing jet brings the building down. The untrained pilot’s parachute casts a shadow.

Through the smoke and debris appears a motorbike, carrying two.

I couldn’t see it, but I knew the driver grinned like the devil himself.

I try to pull up. The bike bounces off the debris, launches towards me, making its final stand.

The passenger squeezes the C4 trigger.

My chopper and the crew of four… are no more.

“The story was inspired by events on a China Rising map”, Berdu tells us. “A reckless C4 patrol used the surrounding chaos to bring down my squad. It’s my Battlefield experience in a nutshell; the game is at its best when you embrace the uncontrolled chaos and allow it to take over. Immersion at its finest.”

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Art prints available at Cook & Becker, who also has many other prints with artwork from DICE games.

For sharing his Battlefield moment with us, Berdu will be awarded the Cook & Becker art print Aircraft Carrier in Naval Battle, hand-numbered and signed by the DICE art team. Join us all in congratulating Berdu, and thanks again for all your thrilling stories!


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Watch our Pocket Edition stream. Now with footage!

Hello!

Look! Footage of Minecraft: Pocket Edition!

And here’s our livestream recorded a few days ago. I took questions from reddit then put them to the devs LIVE on air. Apologies for the issues with sound quality.

This is all in celebration of us reaching 20 million sales last week. We’ve actually reached 21 million to-date, but that’s not as catchy a milestone, so let’s roll with the 20 million for now.

Owen – @bopogamel


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Watch our Pocket Edition dev stream – it’s over!

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UPDATE: Visit http://www.twitch.tv/jbernhardsson for the stream! We’re going live soon!

Happy Monday everyone.

Today’s the day of the Pocket Edition panel! As I mentioned last week, the Minecraft: Pocket Edition developers will be taking questions from this reddit thread and answering them LIVE on air. There’s still time to submit your questions, so over there and get inquisitive.

It’s all in celebration of us reaching 20 million sales last week. We’ve actually reached 21 million to-date, but that’s not as catchy a milestone, so let’s roll with the 20 million for now.

See you at 17:00 CEST – click the time to see when that is in your timezone.

The stream will be broadcast on http://www.twitch.tv/jbernhardsson.

Owen – @bopogamel


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