In the weeks leading up to E3 2014, one of Electronic Arts' biggest surprises was let out of the bag well before the publisher was expecting. Battlefield Hardline, for all intents and purposes, was supposed to be EA's showstopper at their Press Conference, but instead it was another expected announcement.
What wasn't expected, however, was the reveal that a Battlefield Hardline beta would follow shortly after Visceral Games', the new developer for Hardline, trailer and gameplay footage. As we later learned, the beta would run for a full week (it was eventually extended to two weeks) and would be exclusive to PC and PS4 gamers.
The beta gave participants a closer look at two new modes for Hardline — Blood Money and Heist — and a new map called High Tension that's set in the middle of Downtown LA. To see more of what the beta offered make sure to watch our gameplay video here.
And for those who missed out on the beta test the first time around, Visceral Games has some good news for you. There will be a second beta test for Battlefield Hardline later this year and it will be available on all platforms.
If you didn’t get a chance to play the Battlefield Hardline beta this time around don’t worry, we have your back as we’ll be launching another beta this fall on all announced platforms that will showcase more. Stay tuned to hear more later this year.
Obviously the Battlefield franchise is no stranger to beta tests, but when it comes to Hardline gamers are likely more curious than usual. Visceral Games is using the concept of cops vs. criminals to hopefully inject some new life into the Battlefield franchise. They promise new modes built around this concept and new maps that take advantage of a more urban environment.
Presumably this second beta test will better clue players in as far as Visceral's bigger plans for Hardline. Thus far, we've seen that the game can strike a similar tone to past Battlefields, but it's also important for the developer to highlight what sets this game apart from the mainline entries.
One way that Visceral is apparently hoping to carve their own path is with Hardline's single player, which they again tease in this latest post. So far, we know that the game will put players in control of a beat cop named Nick Mendoza and it will use an episodic, serialized format to tell its story.
As always we'll keep you posted when Electronic Arts announces a beta test for Battlefield Hardline. We wouldn't be surprised if access to the beta came with a pre-order of some sort, that's been EA's M.O. in the past, but Visceral may want to expand the franchise's reach this time around.
Are you looking forward to another Battlefield Hardline beta test? What do you hope to see (modes, maps, etc) from this second beta test?
Battlefield Hardline releases October 21, 2014 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
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