Battlefield 4 demo breaks cover

Watch 17 minutes of gameplay footage from Battlefield 4

Battlefield 4's reveal demo footage has been posted online, allowing fans their first look of the gameplay in DICE's new shooter

The 17 minute first-look demo of Battlefield 4 has been posted online, showing off the stunning new shooter powered by DICE's Frostbite 3 game engine.

The focus of the demo content here is on the game's single-player campaign, and it shows a level set in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan.

As players would expect from a Battlefield shooter, Battlefield 4 shows off both on-foot and vehicle sequences as a team of four US soldiers try to make their way to an extraction point, while under attack by enemy forces.

It also shows off an in-game mechanic which allows the player to tag targets, allowing them to order their team's AI to lay down suppressing fire on it, or call in an airstrike from a friendly helicopter.

Naturally, it also shows the extreme detail and eye-popping action sequences the Frostbite 3 engine is capable of, when it comes to destroying large scale environments and just generally blowing things up real good.

The newly posted demo also reveals Battlefield 4's release date to be 'Fall 2013' and that any players who pre-order it will receive the Premium DLC expansion pack for free.

At the time of this writing, Battlefield 4 has not been confirmed for next-generation consoles and is available for pre-order on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.