Battlefield Hardline is an upcoming first-person shooter video game developed by Visceral Games in collaboration with EA Digital Illusions CE and published by Electronic Arts. It is due for release in Early 2015 (by March 31) with the second public beta a month before its official launch date, which has yet to be announced.
Battlefield Hardline features new variety of gameplay that breaks away from the traditional Battlefield game modes. The focus of the game has been shifted to police and the “war on crime”, breaking away from the military setting that has hitherto characterized the series. As such, the main factions in Hardline are the police Special Response Units and Criminals. Players will have access to various military-grade weapons and vehicles, such as the UH-60 Blackhawk as well as having police equipment such as tasers and handcuffs.
Hardline also uses the Levolution mechanic from Battlefield 4. For example, in the map, “High Tension,” players can send a construction crane crashing into the building, ripping down debris from the central buildings in downtown, which falls down on the streets of Los Angeles.
The new game modes are Heist, Rescue, Hotwire Mode and Blood Money.
- Heist: The criminals must break packages of money from armored trucks by blowing the doors off, then moving the package to an extraction point; the police must stop them. If the Criminals manage to escape by bringing all the money to the extraction points they win.
- Blood Money: Both factions must retrieve money from an open crate in the center of the map, then move it back to their respective side’s armored truck. Players can also steal money from the opposing team’s truck. The team that first deposits $5 million worth of money into their truck or the team with the most money under a time limit wins.
- Hotwire Mode: Police chase down criminals at high speeds across expansive environments.
- Rescue: Police officers must try to save hostages from the criminals.