EA and DICE both confirmed that Battlefield Hardline has sadly been put back until 2015. Initially this came as a surprise as EA recently launched the Hardline Beta, and as Betas are usually an indication that a game is reaching completion, question marks were raised as to the reason for the delay.
EA were on hand to quell rumour-based fires, and suggested it simply boiled down to wanting to make the game bigger and better. These revelations came shortly after the Beta test.
DICE vice president Karl Magnus Troedsson wrote on the battlefield blog;
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.
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.”
DICE also hope to improve the single player campaign as well as strengthen the games’ online stability, a blight which fell upon Battlefield 4.
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.”
Battlefield Hardline was originally pencilled in for an Oct 21st 2014 release on PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. There is currently no revised release date confirmed – but stay tuned to Twinstick Gaming for all the latest developments.