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Battlefield Hardline

is an upcoming first-person shooter video game developed by Visceral Games in collaboration with EA Digital Illusions CE and published by Electronic Arts. It is due for... read more

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Release: 21-Oct-2014

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is an upcoming first-person shooter video game developed by Visceral Games in collaboration with EA Digital Illusions CE and published by Electronic Arts. It is due for release in March 2015.

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Gameplay

Battlefield Hardline features new variety of gameplay that breaks away from the traditional Battlefield game modes. The focus of the game has been shifted to police and the "war on crime", breaking away from the military setting that has hitherto characterized the series. As such, the main factions in Hardline are the police Special Response Units and various types of criminal factions or gangs. Players will have access to various military-grade weapons and vehicles, such as the UH-60 Blackhawk as well as more standard police equipment like tasers and handcuffs.

Hardline also uses the Levolution mechanic from Battlefield 4. For example, in the map, "High Tension," players can send aconstruction crane crashing into the building, ripping down debris from the central buildings in downtown, which falls down on the streets of Los Angeles.

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The new game modes are Heist, Rescue, Hotwire Mode and Blood Money.

  • Heist: The criminals must break packages of money from armored trucks by blowing the doors off, then moving the package to an extraction point; the police must stop them. If the Criminals manage to escape by bringing all the money to the extraction points they win.

  • Blood Money: Both factions must retrieve money from an open crate in the center of the map, then move it back to their respective side's armored truck. Players can also steal money from the opposing team's truck. The team that first deposits $5 million worth of money into their truck or the team with the most money under a time limit wins.

  • Hotwire Mode: Police chase down criminals at high speeds across expansive environments.

  • Rescue: Police officers or S.W.A.T. must try to save hostages from the criminals.

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Visceral Games stated that the single player campaign will not be entirely linear and they are promised to deliver a better one than the prequel.

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Plot

The plot revolves around Nick Mendoza, a SWAT officer who is involved in criminal activity. For the first time, in Battlefield Hardline, players can complete their objective in various different ways and paths, either silently or violently. A new gadget, called the Police Scanner, can be used to find enemies, important objects and evidences, and mark them.

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Development

The idea for Battlefield Hardline was first conceived in 2011 at an internal EA meeting in Barcelona between Steve Papoutsis and Karl Magnus Troedsson, the vice presidents and general managers of Visceral Games and DICE, respectively. They two were fans of the Dead Space and Battlefield series and were devising ways they two studios could work on a project together and how to take the Battlefield series to a new direction. Loving the "cops and robbers" theme from the cancelled Battlefield Urban Combat, the two believed the studios could now pull it off. However, as a "test", DICE allowed Visceral to develop the Battlefield 3: End Game DLC to show what they could do with the series.

Development of the game was also influenced based on feedback from the Community Test Environment in Battlefield 4.

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Beta

On June 2, 2014, gameplay footage of the beta was leaked to the internet, showing off the game's weapons and vehicles. However, the video has since been taken down. It was later revealed by SONY that there would be a beta for the game on the Playstation 4 and that those who attended SONY's E3 screenings at cinemas would receive beta keys. The beta would feature two game modes on a single map, High Tension.

At the end of the EA Press Conference for E3 2014, EA officially announced the closed beta and stated it was live on PlayStation 4 and PC from that moment on. They also revealed the beta was playable at the Conference on PlayStation 4. PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 players can also register for the beta which will be available at a later date and were awarded a special dog tag for Battlefield 4 as well as specialized camouflage and attachments in Battlefield Hardline.

EA eventually made the closed beta open to all PC players on June 18, 2014 and made the beta available in the Battlelog App on the same day. The closed beta ended on June 26, 2014. The open beta was stated to become available in Fall 2014.

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Marketing

On May 27, 2014, Battlefield Hardline was first revealed through an accidental leak on an update on Battlelog. Later the same day, EA officially announced the game though the creation of the game's official website and stated that the game would be formally unveiled on June 9, 2014 at the EA Press Conference at E3 2014. On May 28, however, a confidential gameplay video of the game was leaked online, detailing both the game's singleplayer and multiplayer modes. Visceral responded to the video leak by stating that the footage was already six months old at the time of the leak, and that fans would be able to see the real thing at E3 2014 in the coming weeks. On June 5, however, the games first teaser trailer was leaked and subsequently officially revealed hours later.







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