Battlefield Hardline Delayed
Electronic Arts has finally done it..They have decided to delay their upcoming first-person shooter game, Battlefield Hardline from October 21, 2014 to early 2015.
The game is currently in development at Visceral Games (internally owned by Electronic Arts) with additional work from series creator, EA Digital Illusions CE.
“Back at E3, we launched a beta for Hardline — we wanted to not only show you the game, but to let you play it for yourselves.
Millions of you jumped in and had a great time. As a result, the Visceral Games team learned a lot from players about what they wanted in the game.
We’ve been pouring over the data and feedback, and have already been putting a lot of it right into the game and sharing it directly with you,” explains DICE vice president, Karl Magnus Troedsson. He adds, “This feedback also spurred us to start thinking about other possibilities and ways we could push Hardline innovation further and make the game even better.
The more we thought about these ideas, the more we knew we had to get them into the game you will all be playing.
However, there was only one problem. We would need more time. Time that we didn’t have if we decided to move forward with launching in just a couple of months.”
“We decided that the right thing to do was to take more time to ensure Hardline is the best, most innovative Battlefield experience we can give to you, our fans,” says Troedsson and listed out the things the team will accomplish with the extra time:
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.
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.
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.
He went on to assure fans, that they are doing only to make the game better, “We are doing all of 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.”
Troedsson also assures that Hardline’s ongoing development won’t stop DICE from supporting Battlefield 4, “It’s important to note that the DICE teams continue to drive Battlefield 4.
We continue to explore new opportunities for improvements and we are still releasing new content, including ‘Dragon’s Teeth,’ the fourth expansion pack that launches worldwide on July 29, and ‘Final Stand’ coming later this year. We remain committed to giving you the best BF4 experience possible.”
Battlefield Hardline is likely to hit shelves before March 31, 2015 for PC, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PS3.