Battlefield Hardline Delayed Until "Early 2015"

In an effort to improve the game from top to bottom, EA's new cops-and-robbers shooter has been pushed back.

The release of Battlefield Hardline, Electronic Arts' new cops-and-robbers-themed shooter from Dead Space developer Visceral Games, has been pushed back until "early 2015," it was announced today. The game was previously scheduled to be released on October 21.

In a blog post, Karl Magnus Troedsson, VP and GM of Battlefield series creator DICE, explained the reasoning for the move, summing things up by saying, "[W]e want Battlefield Hardline to be the best game it can be, and so that we can create the best environment for a smooth launch for our players."

Both single-player and multiplayer will benefit from the delay, according to Troedsson. In the case of the latter, the developers plan to add "some new feature ideas direct from the community that will evolve the cops and criminals fantasy into a truly unique Battlefield Multiplayer experience."

For the single-player, Visceral will be "spending more time polishing our core features, as well as adding a few new ones that will support a deeper 'crime revenge' story experience." Visceral recently spoke about how it's hoping to "do something completely different" with the game's campaign, which draws inspiration from TV crime dramas.

Referring to feedback received from gamers who played the June beta, Troedsson says, "This feedback also spurred us to start thinking about other possibilities and ways we could push Hardline innovation further and make the game even better. The more we thought about these ideas, the more we knew we had to get them into the game you will all be playing. However, there was only one problem. We would need more time. Time that we didn't have if we decided to move forward with launching in just a couple of months."

The game's stability will also benefit from the delay. Battlefield 4 had a notoriously awful launch, with serious issues plaguing the game for months on all platforms. These problems resulted in EA overhauling its testing process, but concerns lingered among fans that Hardline's launch would also go less-than-smoothly. On the subject of stability, Troedsson says, "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."

An exact new release date has yet to be announced, and there is no word on what this means for the previously planned fall beta. We've contacted EA to find out more.

Do you find this delay an encouraging sign that EA wants to get things right with Hardline? Let us know in the comments.

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275 comments
leandrro
leandrro

a  step in the right direction

TeknoBug
TeknoBug

Visceral is doing BF Hardline, not DICE.  And I love how you assume Hardline will be better and more stable, it's still using the Frostbite 3 engine, which is loaded with bugs that DICE hasn't been able to fix, there's even some since the first Battlefield game to start using the Frostbite engine (Bad Company).


BF4 runs like Crap on console and worse on PC, I'm not holding my breath on Hardline being any better.

bigruss51
bigruss51

I'm still having problems with bf4 finding servers that I can connect too. Is anyone else still experiencing this? Why would I give money to a company that makes broken games? It's just not happening.

Beagle050
Beagle050

Wow - Words can't express how boring and pointless this game looks. It looks like a user-created Battlefield 4 mod combined with a cookie-cutter revenge story. Definite pass for me unless if the reviews for this are amazing.

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

i hope this game will make it to summer just to spice things up a bit during the summer

grenadehh
grenadehh

They really need to change the name to dstance it from DICEs connotation. Too many dumbs assume DICE is making this and it will be buggy.

roman4545
roman4545

wow EA just let it slide ? skipping this year a FPS on the market against COD... Activision is probably laughing their ass off and enjoying their yet another celebration of success of defeat their competition.

UnrealPro
UnrealPro

Delay it until fall 2016. A year and a half is too soon for another Battlefield game. Battlefield 4 still should have a lot of life in it. The 4th expansion just came out and there's still one more to go.

001011000101101
001011000101101

The game is extremely rough looking in its current state so this couldn't possibly hurt. 

se007
se007

That's some good news, actually. BF4 still has plenty of life in it, and because of this series complexity, it shouldn't be rushed in development.

sonyonly4
sonyonly4

Don't be fooled this is not to tweak any bugs this is simply because the preorders were low (And so they should be) and COD is out in a similar Time period. I hope it gets Cancelled altogether screw EA and the Betafield Franchise Betafield 4 is STILL a mess nearly a whole year later it disgusts me they Evan had the nerve to announce the next game let alone release it one year later.

blackbetty1974
blackbetty1974

They need the time to add same sex marriage.........and make the main character black.........and female.........but not too female............maybe transgender. Wait. That leaves out bigfoots. Ok, a married, mixed race, black, asian, latino, transgender bigfoot. Pat the bigfoot will walk around and ask people nicely to lay down, because guns are offensive. And there will be no score, because everyone is special.

nemes1s3000
nemes1s3000

The beta was briefly fun, and the actual game will look and feel much better upon its debut, no doubt. But the sad reality is, I won't be buying this game. Because to me, it's not a true Battlefield game. To me, it's not a DICE game.

javalino
javalino

Are you fearing Destiny EA ??? i know that this COD crap  didn't ever bother you, but Destiny surely  will.

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

Too bad it's not delayed indefinitely, just going to be another bug ridden mess.

Coren_Larken
Coren_Larken

I really hope they polish this right. It'd be really great to get a working BF title at launch. I stopped BF3 after two weeks, and didn't even bother with BF4. 

That--and I'm also hoping the SP has solid gameplay and story, but we'll see...

endorbr
endorbr

Well October was kind of overloaded already but still... delays are always annoying.  Better that we don't get a repeat of Battlefield 4's release though.  I just wish publishers would wait until they have a reasonable expectation of actually meeting a release date before announcing it.

edeep87
edeep87

For instance it's not a game i'm specially waiting for ! COD AW seems more appealing this year than BF Hardline

chaka_
chaka_

i played a little hardline and it felt too much like battlefield. Hopefully with this delay they can make enough changes to the game to make it feel a little different.

KrazzyDJ
KrazzyDJ

Looks like games getting delayed is the new norm !!!

Ice-Cube
Ice-Cube

Can you delay it indefinite?

Too-DementeD
Too-DementeD

The word 'innovation' gets thrown around a lot these days.

lfebaggins
lfebaggins

When I saw the news the first thing that came to mind was "I bet my left nut that BF4 Final Stand DLC will be delayed now" and what do you know!


Lefty says thank you EA.

pwgameverse12
pwgameverse12

Nice to see a Battlefield game not releasing directly a year after the last. This annualisation bullshit has to stop. The last truly great Battlefield game for me was Bad Company 2.

DVONvX
DVONvX

After BF4 I couldn't care less about playing another Battlefield game. Especially not with new COD, Destiny, MC Collection, Evolve, and The Division right around the corner. 

Shep66
Shep66

themc_7 - I second the motion.  I don't much care when Hardline comes out, so long as someone spends some time fixing BF4.  I mean, have you tried to play Dragon's Teeth on 20 fps?

themc_7
themc_7

Delay it forever. I don't care. This should be a $20 BF4 DLC, not a standalone game.

phloyd74
phloyd74

Battleduty: Grand Theft Payback, now powered by Frostbroke 3. No thanks. Delay for ever plz.

Karmazyn
Karmazyn

They can delay it till 2020, still not going to buy this overpriced MOD, this should be sold for £15 max.

se007
se007

@roman4545 So? That actually means they won't rush it, and on contrary with COD it could be very good.

colonelsquag
colonelsquag

BFH should hopefully have a better rep at launch, its a good thing they are taking more time

Darth_Starwind
Darth_Starwind

@endorbr It makes my wallet happy. There is just too many games coming out at the end of the year now days.

Coren_Larken
Coren_Larken

@endorbr Yeah--agreed. When I first read this I was frustrated--and then I thought "well maybe this will be playable at release..."

chaka_
chaka_

@KrazzyDJ it can be frustrating if you were looking forward to the game but its not really a bad thing.

Shep66
Shep66

@DVONvX But you've got to admire DICE for reimagining their corporate vision.  I imagine the board meeting went something like - "Hey, how about we just release sh*t that works?".

grenadehh
grenadehh

Indeed. Visceral can actually make games. The only bugs in dead space were silly mesh problems for example.

KrazzyDJ
KrazzyDJ

Yeah it can definitely be a good thing. I just couldn't help but notice the amount of games being delayed of late (Dragon Age, The Division, Watchdogs and lots more which I'm missing).

This makes me wonder what if Battlefield 5 was scheduled for Fall 2015. Will that be two Battlefields a year ??? Or perhaps the fact that EA is allowing this to release in 2015 is an indication that there wont be a Battlefield 5 in 2015 !!!