Spawning out of E3 2014, where more details and gameplay footage were shown for Visceral Games’ Battlefield Hardline, players could play a small slice of the game from their homes via the closed beta. Players who signed up via the official site or got codes at E3 could try the title out on PC and PS4.
The closed beta features one map and two new modes (Blood Money and Heist) and it was meant to closed down last week. Instead, EA and Visceral extended it a full week to this Thursday and as a bonus to players still trying it out, all of the beta content was unlocked, meaning all players can now use all of the weapons, weapon mods and new gadgets without having to save up in-game cash to buy them.
We put in quite a few hours into the PC version of Battlefield Hardline and noted its resemblance to Battlefield 4. Currently, the closed beta servers don’t allow for 64-player matches, likely due to the ‘Netcode’ and ‘rubber banding’ issues Battlefield 4 was plagued with up until recently on its large servers. The common criticism and concern for Hardline is that it’s coming too soon after BF4, a game that launched in an “unacceptable” (EA’s Andrew Wilson’s word of choice) state. So for players on the edge on whether or not Hardline should be a BF4 expansion or its own full price retail release, now’s your time to get as many hours as you can, assuming you have access, until Thursday, June 26th at 12:00PM PST.
While no official information on a Battlefield Hardline open beta has released just yet, you can count on such a thing launching in the near future so Visceral can stress test the servers and get more last minute feedback for Hardline’s full release. The current build is already receiving patches with one coming a few days ago that address some of the infamous “netcode” issues of the last franchise installment:
- Fixed a crash that could happen while taking a screenshot
- Fixed several audio issues, including a crash
- Fixed a rare server crash
- Added a poor network connection notification icon
- Integrated same “netcode” improvements from Battlefield 4
There’s a very limited selection of weapons in the beta, but Visceral warns that it’s just a small sampling of what’s coming in the full version this fall. We’re curious how it’ll end up comparing to the weapon sets of BF3 and BF4.
Battlefield Hardline releases October 21, 2014 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
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