Can Visceral Games get Battlefield: Hardline right the second time around? For that matter, can the cops versus robber shooter overcome the hangover from the problems with Battlefield 4? We’re about to find out, as the first details for the open beta coming to PlayStation and Xbox consoles and the PC hit Wednesday.
As the name suggests, the Battlefield: Hardline open beta will be open to everyone. PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC players will all be able to download the beta and participate without pre-ordering the game or any other restrictions. There’s no word yet on if there will be any early access opportunities with the beta.
The Battlefield: Hardline beta will feature two game modes on two distinctly different maps. The new Hotwire mode will take place on the “Dust Bowl” map. This mode is similar to capture the flag; however, players use a stolen car as the flag instead of an actual flag. You can check out this mode out in action in the trailer below.
The other mode is the traditional Battlefield Conquest mode, set on the “Downtown” map. This is for up to 64 players using every kind of vehicle and weapon available to capture points on the map and earn enough points to the match.
Interestingly, Visceral Games is not putting any kind of limits on progressing or obtaining weapons or gadgets in the Battlefield: Hardline beta.
“There won’t be a cap on the max progression level so whether you’re busting criminals or fleeing the cops, unlock away… The beta is your shot to test the different classes, toy with different gadgets, and find your crew to take down your foes.”
“To be frank, we want you to play this beta to death. We need you to… This test is only going to make the game stronger, and help us take a look at ways we can ensure we deliver the most stable launch you deserve.”
It’s amazing that Visceral has to explicitly state that it wants to “deliver the most stable launch you deserve.” Unfortunately, that’s the place where we are at in modern gaming, with major AAA releases constantly launching with problems. Battlefield 4 was but a harbinger of things to come when it launched in October 2013 and struggled over the next several months. Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Assassin’s Creed Unity, and DriveClub all released with serious issues this past holiday.
— Battlefield (@Battlefield) January 14, 2015
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