Coming out of the last beta, and with only three weeks to go before the game's release, Electronic Arts and Visceral Games announce that Battlefield Hardline has officially (not to be confused with those rumors, apparently) gone gold. If you're unaware, a game "going gold" generally means that development has been completed on the game, and is now off for disc production and additional preparation before hitting store (and digital) shelves.
Congrats to the Hardline dev team, which is probably gearing up for launch day and post-launch support. If past game releases are anything to go by, Hardline is going to need it, presumably when it comes to the online side of things.
The news of the game's gold status across all platforms and regions came from the official Battlefield Hardline Twitter account earlier today, which also included an image of a robber holding what appears to be a golden gun. What this means for the full game and any golden, one-hit-kill weapons is unknown, but considering all the silly reload animations, easter eggs, and the fact that the game revolves around money and the act of stealing it, a golden weapon wouldn't be the weirdest thing to appear in the game.
In a recent blog post on the Battlefield website, Lead Multiplayer Designer Thad Sasser took to discussing the feedback gained from the beta - a beta that, rather impressively, saw over 7 million people joining in throughout its run.
According to Sasser, players didn't shy away from letting Visceral know what they thought of the game - the Hotwire game mode quickly became a favorite - and what they ultimately wanted from it. And believe it or not, the massive amount of feedback (because, hey, 7 million people) helped shape the game and ensure that the full launch will only be smoother because of it. That said, the dev team is still sorting through it all:
"We’re still analyzing the feedback, metrics, and data from the Beta. Don’t expect sweeping changes in balance or design; we don’t plan on upsetting the apple cart. Remember that we’re always listening and that we welcome constructive dialog about the gameplay. At the same time we want to make sure that our collective vision for Hardline gets a chance to be expressed."
Battlefield Hardline, after being delayed last year, is set to launch on March 17, 2015 in North America and March 20 in the UK for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC.