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Battlefield 4 was first announced nine months ago, but since then, we’ve heard relatively little of a title expected to be one of the biggest game releases of the year. A couple of days back, excitement was reignited by the release of the 17-minute gameplay trailer, which gave an insight into the upcoming title, and now, we’ve got a firm release date straight from the horse’s mouth. Microsoft has announced that the game will be available on October 29th, and considering the previous ballpark timeframe was given as "Fall", this is perhaps slightly earlier than many would have anticipated.

As you might have guessed, Microsoft was referring only to the Xbox 360 release when it took to its blog to declare that Battlefield 4 "will arrive on the Xbox 360 on October 29, 2013." With that said, we’d expect at least the PlayStation 3 version to release alongside, with the Windows version also making up part of a three-pronged launch.

BF4 splash

Battlefield 4 is also hoping to make it among the launch titles for the PlayStation 4, but with no idea on what the console itself even looks like – let alone when it’ll be releasing – the chances of Battlefield 4 for the PS4 making a late October appearance would seem slim at best. Meanwhile, it is also suspected the next-gen Xbox will accommodate the next installment of this very popular war series, but seeing as we know less about the so-called "Xbox 720" than even the officially-announced PS4, we’ll have to wait to find out if this is the case.

Certainly, the fact this is a Microsoft announcement of an EA title will undoubtedly have a few optimists suggesting the next-gen Xbox could also make its debut n this date. It’s definitely plausible, but with nothing much to go on bar a few Durango leaks and murmurings, it’s probably best not to jump to conclusions.

BF4 gameplay trailer screenshot

Just because Microsoft has given us this release date, that’s not to say we’ll definitely be seeing the title on October 29th. Big-game releases never seem to far away from an unforeseen snag, and with Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V having already been pushed back from Spring to September, gamers should probably wait until the increasingly less "special" midnight release parties have been announced at the local retailers.

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