While we already managed to play Battlefield: Hardline’s multiplayer via the beta during E3, it seems Visceral Games is not done tinkering with the game — not by a long shot.
In a post on the official Battlefield blog, DICE GM Karl Magnus Troedsson announced that Hardline won’t be making its scheduled October 2014 release date, and is instead, being moved to “early 2015.”
According to Troedsson, the team over at Visceral needed more time to implement the changes fans have requested since playing the beta and that they couldn’t pull it off if they’re releasing in just “a couple of months.”
Here are some of the things Visceral will be able to accomplish with the new “early 2015” release window:
1. Multiplayer Innovation: Coming out of our E3 beta, internal focus tests, and work with our community, we have received a lot of great Multiplayer thinking. We’re going to be adding some new feature ideas direct from the community that will evolve the cops and criminals fantasy into a truly unique Battlefield Multiplayer experience.
2. Single Player Story Depth: In order to ensure our Single Player experience delivers on player expectations, we’re spending more time polishing our core features, as well as adding a few new ones that will support a deeper “crime revenge” story experience.
3. Stability: This has been a focus for our team since day one and we’re going to be using the extra time to continue to optimize the game for a stable launch. We have learned a lot from Battlefield 4, are continuing to learn from our Community Test Environment and will learn more from another Hardline beta. More time allows us to surface issues that the team can attempt to fix prior to launch.
Troedsson adds, they are doing all this for one reason: “Because we want Battlefield Hardline to be the best game it can be, and so that we can create the best environment for a smooth launch for our players. We will give you updates on our progress and we’ll regularly share updates along the way via Battlefield.com/Hardline as well as the Battlefield social channels.”
Given how the beta turned out, and how it reminded people of Battlefield 4 a tad too much, I can’t say I blame EA for doing this. As a whole, though, it should make for a better game and if that’s the case, everybody wins, right? Let’s hope EA announces a definite release date soon.
Are you disappointed with BF: Hardline’s delay or did EA do the right thing since it will be trampled by Destiny and the other big games coming out later in the year?