After announcing that the Battlefield Hardline open beta runs from February 3 – 8 worldwide on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC, Visceral Games and EA posted a FAQ for the beta.
First off, only PC players will be able to pre-load the beta (via Origin), with the file size 10-11GB for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, while PS3 and Xbox 360 players can expect a file just under 4GB. Also, while there isn’t going to be a level cap in the beta, your progression won’t carry over to the full game.
On PS4, Xbox One, and PC, 64 players can play on Conquest, with 32 players supported for Hotwire and Heist. On PS3 and Xbox 360, all modes support 24 players.
Visceral talked about the three maps and modes you can play in the beta:
The open beta will let you try out three different multiplayer maps and modes. First off, Hotwire mode brings high-speed chases to the Battlefield, as the criminals attempt to steal a list of marked cars while the cops try to repossess them. Available on two maps in the beta, Downtown and Dust Bowl, success in Hotwire will require excellent teamwork and precision driving.
The desert town of Dust Bowl known for its drug trafficking problems will also be playable on Conquest, the fan favorite Battlefield mode, which takes the battle up to 64 players. Finally, there’s the Bank Job map where you’ll get to try out Heist mode. The criminals are trying to break into a bank vault, but the cops are doing their best to stop them. Which side of the law will you ride with?
On top of all this, one player on each side can help out their team through Hacker mode. Similar to Commander in Battlefield 4, Hacker mode takes surveillance to the next level as the Hackers can take control over security cameras, spot enemies and specify areas on the Battlefield for their team to attack or defend. Hacker mode will be playable on all modes in the beta.
Finally, if you have a Battlefield 4 account and try out the Battlefield Hardline open beta, you’ll receive the Hardline Dog Tag, though it won’t be available until the next BF4 patch in March.
Battlefield Hardline launches on March 17 in North America and March 20 in Europe.