‘Battlefield Hardline’ Delayed To 2015, Beta Testers Unimpressed With ‘Bad Boys 2’ Style Shooter
In an official statement from VP Karl Magnus Troedsson, developer DICE has announced the delay of their cops ‘n robbers multiplayer shooter Battlefield Hardline to early 2015.
Along with the month-long delay recently announced by EA for Dragon Age: Inquisition, this fall is being a bit friendlier on gamers’ wallets than had earlier been anticipated. The reasons have been outlined on the official Battlefield Hardline blog, and include:
“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.”
It’s that “single player story depth” thing that makes me think beta testers were generally unsatisfied.
One of the complaints about the last beta was the ubiquity of rocket launchers, so maybe their gritty police procedural realism wasn’t as locked as they thought it was. For your 2014 Battlefield pleasure, there’s still the Battlefield 4 expansion Dragon’s Teeth coming, with Final Stand hitting sometime later this year at an unspecified date.