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Battlefield Hardline
Battlefield Hardline Cover Art New
Developer(s) Visceral Games
DICE
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Engine Frostbite 3
Date released March 13, 2014 (EA Access on Xbox One)[1]
March 17, 2015 (NA)[2]
March 19, 2015 (EU) [3]
Genre First-person shooter
Ratings ESRB: M

PEGI: 18

Platform(s) Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
"Get a Piece of the Action"
— Tagline

Battlefield Hardline (also known as BFH or BFHL) is an upcoming installment in the Battlefield series, developed by Visceral Games in collaboration with DICE and published by EA. Battlefield Hardline is unique in the fact that it is police themed, focusing on the continual war on crime, rather than military conflicts depicted in all previous Battlefield installments.

The game was originally set to release on October 21, 2014 but was delayed to early 2015 to allow the developers more time to work on the game.[4]. It is now set to release on March 17, 2015 in North America and March 19, 2015 in Europe.[5]

Achievements and Trophies

Main article: Battlefield Hardline Achievements and Trophies

Singleplayer

Overview

The singleplayer campaign features many elements from past installments, taking place in numerous locations across the world such as Los Angeles, California and its surrounding deserts. Similar to Battlefield 4, levels are built in sandbox-style environments but on a much larger scale, allowing players more freedom to complete objectives. Players have the option to either approach situations either through typical firefights or by stealth. While it may be easier to complete objectives through weaponry, players receive bonus points for taking the nonlethal approach. Despite this, however, once the player has become detected, there is no way for them to return from the state of alert. Levels are inspired by crime shows on television, with each ending on a cliffhanger to lead into the next mission.

Setting

The player steps into the shoes of Nick Mendoza, a young detective who is traveling across the country to bring his former partners to justice after they became corrupt.[6]


Multiplayer

Ranks and Awards

BFHL Rank150

Rank 150 in Battlefield Hardline

Battlefield Hardline features a ranking system that is progressed through based on earned experience though gameplay. The game utilizes French playing cards as rank insignias with up to 150 total ranks confirmed to be featured upon release.[7] The game also features ribbons that are awarded by completing specific actions. Earning a certain ribbon a specific number of times awards players a Medal. Service Stars are awarded after earning enough experience progression for that object, and different tiered stars have different awards. Bronze stars award gameplay options, like vehicle modifications and weapon attachments, while Silver and Gold stars award cosmetic options for the player, like different class appearances or unique weapon paints.[8]

Assignments also return in Hardline, with over 200 available to player. As in previous games, completion of Assignments will award the player with specific items, like new Patches or weapon attachments. Hardline also features Syndicate Assignments; similar to the Phantom assignments of Battlefield 4, these assignments have their criteria hidden and have are very challenging to complete. Completing these assignments unlock special weapons that can be used by both factions, like the FMG-9 and HK51.[8]

Classes

The game features four classes that function in similar manners to the classes of Battlefield 4 but with notable differences.[9]

  • Operator - Functions as the Medic and primary fighter of Police and Criminal forces. Operators are equipped with assault rifles and carbines as well as medical gadgets to heal or revive teammates. The class' simplicity makes it easy to pick up, but not it is not very flexible one due to its lack of offensive gadgets, requiring support from other the other classes.
  • Mechanic - Functions as the vehicle and gadget specialist of Police and Criminal forces. Mechanics are equipped with SMGs and can choose from a wide range of gadgets, including Repair Tools for vehicle upkeep, 40mm grenade launchers and Sabotage bombs for their destruction, an Armored Insert for survivability, and a Satellite Phone for a squad spawn point. The class is effective at close-ranges and is very versatile with its range of gadgets, but struggles at longer ranges and can run out of ammunition quickly.
  • Enforcer - Functions as the Support personnel of Police and Criminal forces. Enforcers are equipped with heavy battle rifles and shotguns as well as ammunition boxes, explosive charges, and Ballistic Shields to support their teammates. The class is the hardest hitter of the team, capable of functioning well in close and ranged combat, and its gadgets are invaluable for keeping the team in the fight.
  • Professional - Functions as the intelligence and stealth unit of Police and Criminal forces. Professionals are equipped with bolt-action sniper rifles and semi-automatic Designated Marksman Rifles to eliminate personnel at range, as well as rapid firing machine-pistols to deal with enemies up-close. The class has access to Laser Tripmines and Decoys to set up traps for the enemy, Cameras to know about their whereabouts, and Stealth Training to move about enemy lines silently.


Maps and Gamemodes

Battlefield Hardline will feature nine maps set across the United States as well as seven game modes upon its release.[10]


Weapons and Gadgets

The game features fifty-one weapons and twenty-eight gadgets[11], many of which are used by both Law Enforcement and Criminals alike as well as faction specific weapons, each with their own sets of accessories and attachments offering thousands of different combinations for players.

Players can also unlock a Weapon License for faction specific weapons after getting 1250 kills with the weapon. Licenses allow players to use these weapons for both factions, but the weapon is still restricted to its class and each weapon requires its own License.

Progression has also been reworked with new in-game cash system. Unlike past installments, weapons, gadgets, as well as attachments must be purchased to be unlocked for permanent use and can be done so in any order. Cash is awarded for positive gameplay actions, although objective and team-based actions award significantly more money than weapon kills. There is no limit to amount of money players can accumulate through gameplay.

Following feedback from the beta, certain weapons such as the RPG-7 have become Battle Pickups that become available to the team that controls the weapons cache, depending on the game mode. Also, instead of allowing players to equip these weapons to their inventory loadout, they can now equip the weapon to a specific vehicle, placing the weapon in the trunk of that vehicle. To obtain it, players must take control of that vehicle and proceed to open its trunk.[12]


Vehicles

The game features twenty-seven vehicles[13] that are used by police forces as well as civilians, such as motorcycles, various automobiles, armored trucks, and helicopters. Since tanks, attack helicopters, and jets are restricted for military use only, they will not be featured within the game.


Factions

Battlefield Hardline features two factions, Law Enforcement and Criminals.


Notable Features

  • Levolution - Increased destruction that is based on a level radically changing in gameplay through the player's actions.
  • Hacker Mode - Similar to Commander Mode from past installments, Hacker Mode allows one player on each team to direct their squad leaders towards the appropriate objective while supporting their team with useful assets.

Downloadable Content

On March 1, 2015, EA announced Battlefield Premium for the game which includes not only similar features from past installments but also early access to four story-themed expansion packs: Criminal Activity, Robbery, Getaway, and Betrayal.[16]

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.[17] Loving the "cops and robbers" theme from the cancelled DICE game Urban Combat, the two believed the studios could now pull it off.[18] However, Visceral had primarily made games in the vein of their Dead Space series at this point, and as a "test" as well as a lesson in what a Battlefield game should be, DICE instructed Visceral to develop the Battlefield 3: End Game expansion to show what they could do with the series.[19][20]

Following the original June beta, Visceral requested that players send in as much feedback as possible regarding the game through any channel they could. Several members of the development team, including GM Steve Papoutsis and Lead Multiplayer Designer Thaddeus Sasser, actively answered feedback through their personal Twitter accounts as well as on the Battlelog Forums. Development of the game was also influenced based on feedback from the Community Test Environment in Battlefield 4, adding several features that had undergone testing there. Some features that were adjusted based on player feedback were how the Heist mode played, changes to progression, tweaks to the UI, and addressing weapon issues like visual recoil. Based off the substantial feedback received after the beta, Hardline's original release date of October 21, 2014 was pushed back to March 17, 2015 to allow Visceral to properly address the fan response and improve the game based on feedback.[21]

For the game's subject matter, inspiration was taken from the seeming militarization of police forces in the United States.[22]

The game officially went gold on February 24, 2015.[23]

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.[24] 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.[25] 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 could also register for a beta which would 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.[26] With the game's delay, however, the open beta was rescheduled to be available in early 2015.

On January 15, 2014 Visceral announced that the open beta would be available to all platforms and would feature the Conquest and Hotwire gamemodes on the maps Dust Bowl and Downtown, respectively. As well, the map Bank Job would also be playable in Heist for the beta if players who own Battlefield 4 on any platform were able to complete a community mission to accumulate 2 billion points in the Rush gamemode between January 21 and January 24.[27] On January 23, the goal was reached, and the map and mode became playable for the beta at release. It was also announced that there was no cap on multiplayer progression, making it technically possible to rank up to the max level of 150 and unlock all items. The release date of the beta was not given, however, as Visceral wanted to make sure everything was in working condition before releasing the beta and did not want to make a release date that they could not meet. Visceral went on to say that the beta would release very soon and that when it does, it was vital people play it as much as possible to help with the final release of the game.[28] Following numerous leaks, the open beta was officially announced on January 29, 2015 to be available from February 3 to February 8, 2015.[29] The beta was later extended to end on February 9, 2015 due to the beta having an estimated 7 million players at the time of its release.[30]

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.[31]On June 5, however, the game’s first teaser trailer was leaked and subsequently officially revealed hours later.

Jamie N Commons - Karma (Hardline) (Audio)04:10

Jamie N Commons - Karma (Hardline) (Audio)

Karma by Jamie N Commons

Several trailers were released in the months following the June beta, some showing off the game's multiplayer, particularly the new gamemodes Rescue and Hotwire, as well as a 12 minute gameplay trailer of the singleplayer. On January 7, 2015, Visceral began an 11 week long blog series called This Season On Battlefield Hardline, detailing what the team had been working on with the game and what had changed with it following its delay.[32] Entries in the series covered the impact player feedback had on the game's development as well as the announcement of the Open Beta and its features.

British blues rock musician Jamie N Commons, whose song Jungle was used in the first trailer for the game, also wrote the single Karma exclusively for Hardline. According to the official website, the song "capture[s] that gritty cops and criminals tone that defines Hardline, where not everyone is good and not everyone is bad, toeing that fine line of the law."[33]


Special Editions

Digital Deluxe Edition

BFHL Deluxe

Battlefield Hardline Digital Deluxe Edition

Deluxe Edition

Gamestop Editon

Ultimate Edition

BFHL Ultimate Edition Cover Art

Battlefield Hardline Ultimate Edition



Trivia

  • Battlefield Hardline was long rumored to be in development by Visceral Games.
  • The game had numerous code names during development, such as "Havana" and "Omaha". The game is still called Havana in the game files.
  • A Digital Deluxe Edition was announced on Origin.[34]
  • Those who at least registered for the closed beta were awarded a special CAC or Common Access Card, also known as a military ID, for use as a Dog-Tag in Battlefield 4.
  • For the first time in the series, the campaign's playable character speaks during gameplay (bar Recker's very brief cursing in the Battlefield 4 mission "Baku").
  • Soon after the announcement of the open-beta, a rumor began circulating that the first person to reach the maximum rank in the beta would be given the full game for free at launch. Creative Director Ian Milham and Lead Multiplayer Designer Thaddeus Sasser debunked this in a video released on Youtube. Instead, Thad offered to personally buy a "big" cookie for the first person to legitimately reach the highest rank in the beta. [35] Dubbed the "Hardline Cookie Challenge", this offer was later reiterated in a tweet from the official Battlefield Twitter account.[36]

Gallery

Videos


External Links

References

  1. http://www.gamespot.com/articles/battlefield-hardline-to-be-released-early-on-xbox-/1100-6424754/
  2. http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/10/28/next-battlefield-game-releasing-holiday-2016?abthid=54501a782d76fc3311000045
  3. http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/10/28/next-battlefield-game-releasing-holiday-2016?abthid=54501a782d76fc3311000045
  4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M56_O7a_aKQ
  5. http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/10/28/next-battlefield-game-releasing-holiday-2016?abthid=54501a782d76fc3311000045
  6. http://www.amd.com/en-us/markets/game/featured/all-games/battlefield-hardline
  7. https://twitter.com/leveluptime/status/507957566677078016
  8. 8.0 8.1 Inside The Metaverse: Progression in Battlefield Hardline - Battlefield Hardline Official Website - Published January 30, 2015; retrieved February 2, 2015
  9. Official Battlefield Twitter account - Published December 15, 2014; Retrieved February 2, 2015
  10. http://www.christiantoday.com/article/battlefield.hardline.release.in.early.2015.with.9.maps.and.7.modes/41121.htm
  11. https://twitter.com/leveluptime/status/553705744134967297
  12. http://www.pcgamer.com/visceral-outlines-battlefield-hardline-changes-following-beta-feedback/
  13. https://twitter.com/leveluptime/status/553705091828445184
  14. https://twitter.com/leveluptime/status/553703992451022849
  15. https://twitter.com/leveluptime/status/554834162134167552
  16. http://www.ign.com/articles/2015/03/02/ea-announces-battlefield-hardline-premium
  17. http://www.ea.com/news/battlefield-hardline-coming-this-fall
  18. http://www.polygon.com/2014/6/16/5815908/battlefield-hardline-annual-ea
  19. Visceral made the End Game DLC for Battlefield 3 - Reddit - originally created and retrieved June 03, 2014
  20. Battlefield Hardline Developer Diary Episode 1 – Taking on Battlefield Thaddeus Sasser - Visceral's not completely new to the Battlefield franchise. For example, we worked on expansion pack five for Battlefield 3, known as End Game, and DICE has been invaluable in helping us understand what a Battlefield game is. - Published January 27, 2015; retrieved January 29, 2015
  21. How You Made Battlefield Hardline Better - Battlefield Hardline Official Website - Published January 28, 2015; Retrieved January 29, 2015
  22. Battlefield Hardline: How Real-World Police Controversies Affected Development - Published February 9, 2015 ; Retrieved February 14, 2015
  23. https://twitter.com/Battlefield/status/570319780768550915, Retrieved February 24, 2015
  24. Report - Battlefield Hardline Beta in the Works, Footage Leaks - MP1st - originally created June 02, 2014 and retrieved June 03, 2014
  25. http://www.joystiq.com/2014/06/04/rumor-battlefield-hardline-beta-lined-up-for-ps4/
  26. Thank You for Playing the Beta - The Battlefield Blog - published June 26, 2014
  27. This Season on Battlefield 4 - Battlelog - published January 19, 2015; retrieved January 23, 2015
  28. http://www.gamespot.com/articles/battlefield-hardline-beta-details-revealed/1100-6424640/
  29. BATTLEFIELD HARDLINE OPEN BETA STARTS FEBRUARY 3RD - Battlefield Hardline Official Website -published and retrieved Januaray 29, 2015
  30. http://www.ubergizmo.com/2015/02/battlefield-hardline-beta-extended-after-serving-six-million-gamers/
  31. http://mp1st.com/2014/05/28/video-leak-wanted-unveil-hardline-says-visceral-announcements-possible-june-9/
  32. To All Battlefield Fans - Battlefield Hardline Official Website - Published January 7, 2015; Retrieved January 29, 2015
  33. Cast and Crew - Battlefield Hardline - Retrieved February 2, 2015
  34. https://www.origin.com/en-us/store/buy/battlefield-hardline/pc-download/base-game/digital-deluxe-edition
  35. Battlefield Hardline Rank 150 in Beta Reward! - Published and retrieved January 29, 2015
  36. Official Battlefield Twitter - Published and retrieved Feburary 2, 2015

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