DICE has announced that Battlefield 4 will have five-man squads instead of the traditional four. DICE producer Alexsander Grondal commented about the change with Joystiq:
"They’ve been asking for bigger squads. We believe five is a good figure. It allows for more team-based gameplay, basically. You have more options and you can spawn in more places."
"It was a design choice back then – forgive me, I don’t exactly remember why it was chosen four. You know, it feels like light years ago from previous games. But five is a little better; it gives a bit more flexibility and more interesting choices."