After the recent leaks and rumours around a brand new Battlefield title named Battlefield: Hardline, EA have now confirmed through a blog post that the game is in development and due for release this Autumn. Developed by Dead Space developer Visceral Games, Battlefield: Hardline is a completely new step for the series that moves away from traditional warfare and delves into the different setting of cops vs criminals. The official website is now up though no official news will be made by EA until the 9th of June.
The reluctant reveal of Battlefield: Hardline took a new turn today as a leaked internal trailer found its way onto YouTube. EA have since been working to have it removed though and, though it has appeared again on other YouTube channels, none last long before they are removed. Some of you may have seen it, I personally got a look at the re-post before it was also removed but for now it seems EA are set on sticking to their official announcement date.
Since Battlefield: Hardline was released through leaks, its important to point out that EA were not ready for a reveal just yet and all footage and information is not yet fully confirmed or final, but if you didn’t get chance to take a look at the trailer, here’s a rundown of everything that was detailed in that trailer for Battlefield: Hardline –
Battlefield: Hardline is, as Visceral put it, supposed to ‘revitalise’ the Battlefield singleplayer experience by introducing a new and more innovative campaign. The story follows a young Miami detective named Nick Mendoza who is seeking revenge on his corrupted former partners. During the campaign, Nick will meet a whole host of friends and enemies including crooked cops, drug dealers, gang members and billionaire kingpins. The levels are said to be bigger and more open than in previous Battlefield titles and can be approached in different ways to give the game more replay value. Nick also has access to some nifty new gadgets including a p0lice scanner that allows him to check evidence and even discover if there are outstanding warrants out on criminals. Completing these extra arrest warrants will award Nick with money that he can then spend on upgrades. This new singleplayer story apparently takes a great deal of inspiration from US cop shows and will even be structured for each level to be like an episode. Many of the games voice cast also come from popular American shows including Justified and House of Cards.
No Battlefield would be complete of course without some intense multiplayer and Battlefield: Hardline looks to bring in some new multiplayer modes to freshen up the series.
Heist, as you might imagine is where criminal players will attempt to blow up a vault and make off with the loot while the cop players move in to try and stop the escape.
SWAT mode sees the police players attempting to rescue a group of hostages after a supposedly failed bank raid and the criminals will try to drive them off.
Bloodmoney is a large, open game type where players fight over a huge pile of money and try to secure the cash and get it back to their safe house.
Hotwire is perhaps the most different multiplayer type from previous Battlefield titles and takes place as fast paced car chases across huge environments.
To add to the different style of multiplayer gameplay, Battlefield: Hardline will also include some new equipment in the form of grappling hooks and zip lines, which can be deployed anywhere on the map at any time to give more tactical options to players. There will also be a number of new vehicles including police cruisers, muscle cars, fast attack helicopters and planes and Hardline will of course have plenty of Battlefields trademark destruction.
So Battlefield: Hardline moves the series in a completely new direction and almost no longer warrants the Battlefield name. However, with Visceral at the helm, the team look like they want to address fans concerns over poor singleplayer experiences and prevent the series from becoming stale. With the terrible launch of Battlefield 4 only just behind them however, EA will need to make sure Hardline is everything fans want and more to win back the trust of longtime fans. Have any thoughts on this radical new title? Let us know!
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