Battlefield Hardline is set to release on March 17, 2015 following a second Battlefield Hardline beta release whose release date is yet to be announced. The game is a bit of a departure from previous games in the franchise. Battlefield games of the past have dealt with warfare and military tactics, but Hardline brings the battle much closer to home. Instead of focusing on the military, the game will focus on police officers and their battle against crime. Players will be able to play as police officers or criminals, and even though the game centers on cops versus criminal scenarios, players will have access to military-grade weapons.
Battlefield Hardline Attempts to Bring Military-Style Battles Home
It’s interesting that the game’s developers would choose to bring the military-style battles that are characteristic of the series from an international stage to a city in the United States. A military battle and a police standoff are fundamentally different events, especially when you consider that police officers are tasked with stopping criminals with the least amount of life lost as possible.
However, it’s also clear from early descriptions of the game that the warfare takes place in a city corrupted by drugs and abuses of power. Perhaps the military-grade weapons are needed after all. Of course, the game’s option of allowing players to play as criminals on the run from law enforcement gives this game the feel of a Grand Theft Auto installment. Still, the game is likely to be one of the most sought-after games of 2015.
A Second Round of Battlefield Hardline Beta
Battlefield Hardline beta was released in the summer of 2014, and much of the gameplay received mixed reactions from fans of the franchise, prompting Electronic Arts to delay the final version until March 2015. The developers aren’t finished getting feedback from players before the official launch. EA announced on January 14, 2015 that a second beta release of the game would soon become available, though they didn’t give an exact date.
The public beta will be made available on the following platforms: Playstation 4, XBox One, Windows PC, Playstation 3, and XBox 360. Electronic Arts offered a statement, encouraging players to play the game and offer as much feedback as they can because the developers want the game be as strong as possible upon launch. This is understandable in light of the rocky launch of Battlefield 4.
Player Feedback the Key to a Smooth Launch
If you want a taste of what Battlefield’s latest installment feels like before launch, the beta launch is the perfect opportunity to let developers know what is working and what could use some improvement. Ideally, the feedback EA receives after Battlefield Hardline beta releases will help them to make massive improvements on the game and make the official launch go smoothly.