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Battlefield 4 boxart surfaces, full reveal on 26th March

Present day setting and possible lead character revealed

Battlefield 4 will be revealed this month - possibly even today - on Battlefield Premium, according to internet whisperers who've also got hold of what they claim is the game's cover art.

This follows a rumour that the game will go public on 26th March, at or alongside the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. EA sent an invite to IGN and other sites which carries the distinctive Battlefield 3 colour scheme.

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The new artwork comes care of Battlefield Premium user 32bita and Battlefieldo, one of the internet's most prominent Battlefield fan sites. "I have personally seen the cover art for Battlefield 4, which I cannot post," wrote "Jrb", director of the latter. "But I can say that it resembles that of the original Battlefield 3 cover. A man running, in the rain along with tanks, APC's, and a small teaser image of a jet just to the right of his body.

"The buildings in the background also resemble that of the original Battlefield 3 artwork. He appears to be holding a suppressed EBR rifle with a support bipod, along with a 1911 pistol with a tac-light in his other hand. The character's face has evolved from Battlefield 3, sporting slicked back hair in an American military uniform."

Subsequently, NeoGAF users turned up a small, watermarked image that corresponds to the Battlefieldo description. Have a look.

We wouldn't normally credit findings of this sort, but there's additional supporting evidence. For starters, we already know that the game is set in the present day thanks to DICE general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson, who told GDC audiences last year that "we still want to stay in this genre, the modern day as it is. We feel this is a place we can be and continue with the series. Battlefield 4 can live in this space and be very successful."

As regards the trustworthiness of Battlefieldo - this is the site that verified the existence of Battlefield Premium last May. Premium users can expect another exclusive video this month, incidentally. Given that Battlefield 3's fifth and, as far as we know, final DLC pack End Game has already been released, it's not clear what the topic will be. In fairness, End Game producer Craig Mcleod has suggested that DICE may continue to support Battlefield 3 with new content alongside Battlefield 4.

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Battlefieldo also claims that those who watch the video will get a special dog tag, reading "I was there" - picture to the right. Last but not least, Jrb has hinted on Twitter that we'll hear more today.

Plots are thickening. Stay tuned.

Update: Kotaku has obtained a larger version of the artwork, elements of which resemble a Battlefield 4 event invite sent to Polygon. The game will be revealed on 26th March.

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