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Battlefield Hardline's upcoming beta will be open to all

by Mark Tyson on 15 January 2015, 12:05

Tags: Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA), PC

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Visceral Games has revealed the first details about the new Battlefield Hardline beta, due out soon. The developer confirmed that the public beta will be open everyone, across all platforms, allowing PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3 owners to muck around with the cops-and-robbers shooter as soon as it is released.

The new beta, which is the game's second, following a beta offered by DICE on PS4 and PC in June 2014, will include two maps; Dust Bowl and Downtown. Visceral Games has said it will allow participants to progress through upgrades with no cap on max progression level. Players will be able to take on both the role of the police and of criminals in the two modes available; the classic Conquest mode which is described as "an oldie but goodie" by EA, and a new Hotwire mode which "combines all-out warfare with all-out speed", reports Polygon.

"While it's just a taste of the whole game, we want you to come in, take your jacket off, stay awhile," explains Visceral Games general manager Steve Papoutsis in a blog post. "To be frank, we want you to play this beta to death. We need you to. This test is only going to make the game stronger, and help us take a look at ways we can ensure we deliver the most stable launch you deserve."

Unfortunately an official release date for the Hardline beta was not disclosed. Visceral Games explains on Twitter that the development team wishes only to announce the date once they're sure everything is good to go, adding that this may be "sooner than you may think".

The full finished Battlefield Hardline game was originally due to launch in October 2014, but has been delayed in order to deliver more innovation and incorporate feedback from the first beta. The currently scheduled release date for the finished game is 17th March 2015.



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I have to say I approve of this, hot wire looks like it may be a fun game mode, although the lack of inclusion of whatever the steal the money from the safe mode was seems odd (unless it's been canned based on feedback)
might have a go with this and see if its worth a punt though I dont think its going to be to my taste in shooters.
Just don't forget, these “open betas” which basically are demos are there more to get higher sales not as much to test anything. So they sprinkle the little content they have with so much glitter that just leaves you thinking whole game will be even better, but usually it is not…

Testing can be done internally and this company seems have realized they can not only save on testing but actually get more money while also others do testing for them.. BRILLIANT!

That being said, go and shoot someone while you can just dont for the love of gaming preorder anything without seeing final product.
I am never spending another Penny with EA ever again, I been a player of both BF3 and BF4 and with the way that EA are doing nothing to deal with the hackers and the way that EA are under some misconception they can just let their customers play beta software for nearly 2 years and then they can not even get that Right - errr No thanks fingers burnt twice lets not forget this is a company that charged £60 for online content then 4 months later gave it away to all their players so what the devil did we all pay our £60 for, No thanks, its like having cowboy builders turn up at your front door offer to fix the roof then spend the next two years repairing the roof they were supposed to repair in the first place then want to charge you extra to fix what they were supposed to fix in the firsat place, what sort of idiots do EA and Dice think people are, twice taken the piss out of and never again, EA could give this game away free and I still would not play it.
I preordered the game in september,i would like to see the beta also.