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