DICE creative director Lars Gustavsson said in an interview with IGN that Battlefield 4 will include a practice range for vehicles and he also answered the question if Battlefield 4 will get the kind of bot matches like in Battlefield 2:
Lars Gustavsson said about the test range…
We’ve definitely heard that people are afraid of getting in there [and using vehicles like helicopters] and that’s not our intent, so what we’ve done is, we’ve added a test range, which allows you to try out all the hardware ahead of time so that if you want to learn to fly a helicopter you can get in there and you can find the settings that work best for you. And then start doing some stunt flights just to feel safe before you go out and get the responsibility of a bunch of other people sitting in your helicopter, so I truly hope that this will help people feel more safe about trying out the whole battlefield.
And then he talked about bot support matches…
We did it with 1942 and Battlefield 2, we had, kind of, the bot war, which was appreciated by people, even though most people went to the online experience. Who knows for the future. If the voice keeps on getting stronger then that’s something that we need to listen to.
It’s not in for Battlefield 4. We have our single player experience, we have our multiplayer experience and we’ve been focusing on delivering those. If we had to choose, we’d focus on delivering a good experience to the 64 players that we cater for, as well as adding two commanders on top of those 64… so it’s more possibilities than ever. We’ve also learnt that when we try too much we kill ourselves.
Summarizing it seems to be sure that there will be a kind of test range for vehicles but not those training bot matches like in Battlefield 2. But as he is mentioning “vehicles like helicopters”, it´s not sure if he means only helicopters or if the practice range will include all vehicles and weapons. This question is still open in my opinion.
I wonder if there are really players who did think that such practice range would be necessary. Are you afraid to use vehicles in multiplayer games? I am not. If I need to get used to the controls of any vehicle in a game, I usually just take a seat, setup my key bindings and then I do make some crashes or crash landings. If this happens on a multiplayer server, who cares? But on the other site, if you want to practices the vehicle a little bit longer, then this test range mode might be fun as can practice things without stress.
Let´s see how that kind of test range will be in Battlefield 4.