Starting tomorrow the new Platoons feature will be rolling out for Battlefield 4. DICE will begin to open up Platoons on Battlelog on February 27th, with some players getting access slightly before others in order to ensure proper feature stability. When it is launched during this week and next, everyone will be able to join a Platoon, but being Premium and having rank of at least 10 will be required to create your own Platoon. The system is also completely platform agnostic, so anyone can join a Platoon no matter where they play Battlefield 4.
DICE are keen to push the fact that this is only the first iteration of Platoons and they will continue to work on the feature to refine and expand it.
So what can you expect when Platoons launches? Let’s look at the main features you will have access to in the first iteration of Platoons:
- The ability to create and join a Platoon for up to 100 members.
- Basic Platoon management such as inviting, applying, and promoting/demoting members.
- A private and public Platoon feed, where you can communicate and coordinate.
- A Platoon emblem and tag that all members can easily apply.
- The ability to earn stats for your Platoon and rank it up, and see all the matches you played together.
Make Your Platoon Stand Out
There will be several different customization options for your Platoon. Apart from setting a Platoon name and 4-character tag, you will, of course, also be able to design your very own Platoon emblem, which all members can easily use as their own. If the emblem gets updated, for example, you don’t need to worry; the changes will automatically be applied and your Platoon tag and emblem will without extra effort follow you in-game. Besides that, you can write a presentation text for your Platoon and set the address for your website, if your Platoon has one.
Earn Stats for your Platoon and Rank Up
Platoons for Battlefield 4 also features a brand new progression and stats system. In order to earn stats, four players from the same active Platoon must play together in the same round of BF4, and then your core stats will be either averaged or accumulated and applied to the Platoon. Best of all, you will earn score for your Platoon, so you can rank it up (initially, ranks 1-10 will be available, with more ranks to come). Other stats such as Kill/Death Ratio, Score per Minute, and Skill will also be shown for your Platoon.
Discuss your Matches and Have Fun in the Feed
The core way to communicate within your Platoon is through the feed, which has both a public and a private section. In the public section, you can allow anyone to leave a message, whereas the private area is for members only. All messages can be commented on, leaders will be able to sticky messages to the top of the feed, and perhaps best of all, you can subscribe to messages, so that every time someone comments on it, you will receive a notification, so you can return to follow up.