Saturday, August 2, 2014
Battlefield: Hardline Delayed Into 2015, EA Explains Why

Battlefield: Hardline Delayed Into 2015, EA Explains Why

Battlefield: Hardline has been delayed into early 2015, EA has announced, marking the first time the publisher has delayed a high-profile shooter title scheduled to be released during the holiday season, and it’s a decision developer Visceral Games reckons was needed if Battlefield: Hardline were to really standout as a true Battlefield experience.

Visceral Games identified three main reasons for the delay from feedback gamers gave through the game’s beta:

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.

The game will now launch

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  • dink

    Well done EA. Seriously. Spend time and make the game work. I will never spend my hard earned on a half developed, half working game. I am quite happy waiting for a bug free experience and it’s very reassuring to hear that you are making extra special efforts to achieve that.
    Here’s another heads up EA… please don’t change the game once it’s released! I loved the beta of Battlefield 3 and so I bought it. Lo and behold, within months you were making changes. I was really annoyed about that. Further more, you continued to mess with it.
    Now, instead of pre ordering and buying on first day release… (heck, I even queued up outside the shop for the midnight release of BF3, haha) I’ll just wait a couple of months and read reviews. If you balls it up, you won’t get my money.

  • Jason

    agree! bf3 and bf4 where both unplayable after numerous patches for months after there releases with bf4 still unstable to this day. good call ea!