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First Battlefield 4 trailer ignites the senses

Lock and load! Electronic Arts and DICE reveal 17 minutes of high-definition gameplay footage -- and a few other details.

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This fall, many gamers will return to the battlefield -- Battlefield 4, that is. We've got all the details, including preorder information and console availability.

During an event yesterday at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, game maker DICE delivered a heart-pumping trailer featuring 17 minutes of Battlefield 4's single-player action. As Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" played in the background, the montage opened with the protagonist, Recker, waking up to find himself and his outfit trapped in a Jeep that was sinking to the bottom of the ocean.

To avoid ruining the outcome, the trailer switched to a different scene where the squad experienced several instances of explosive urban combat. As the unit advanced through a jungle and into a large construction area (including the place seen in the picture above), you really got a feel for BF4's linear storyline, combat, and user interface. I won't ruin the trailer, but stick around and at least check out some of the harrowing moments involving hostile helicopters.

Overall, the stunning video really shows off the power of the upcoming Frostbite 3 graphics engine. If you don't have 17 minutes to spare, check out the minute-long BF4 TV trailer.

In related news, Polygon confirmed which video game consoles get BF4; the list includes PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox 360. In a conversation with BF4's creative director, Videogamer found out that the Wii U will not get BF4, which undoubtedly will irritate some owners of the console.

To capitalize on the massive reveal, Electronic Arts today opened the doors for BF4 pre-orders ($59.99), even though the game doesn't come out until fall. Gamers get a free premium expansion pack if they pre-order the title from various retail outlets or Origin. A special digital deluxe version offers bonus in-game items and access to the BF4 multiplayer beta.