Battlefield Hardline's Single-Player Aims to "Do Something Completely Different"

Hardline's creative director talks about the influence of TV on the game's single-player, which features actors from True Detective, The Shield, and other shows.

Between videos and betas, we've seen a lot of what Battlefield Hardline has to offer, but it's always the multiplayer mode that Visceral Games and Electronic Arts have shown off. For many, the single-player modes in the Battlefield series (perhaps with the exception of Bad Company's) have always been an afterthought. But with Visceral's pedigree as a single-player-game maker--it developed Dead Space--the developer is aspiring to "do something completely different than what's been done in the past, not only in the series but in the genre."

In a post on the Battlefield blog, Hardline creative director Ian Milham offered some insight into Visceral's approach to the game's single-player mode. "Taking Battlefield into the world of cops and criminals gives us an opportunity to do something completely different than what's been done in the past, not only in the series but in the genre," he says. "When we look around the landscape of gaming these days, there are a lot of gravel-voiced super soldiers saving the world from domination. But that's not the world of cops and criminals, and that's not something we're interested in doing with Hardline."

Visceral had previously indicated that Hardline's single-player would take inspiration from television shows, a point Milham reiterated today. "Our world is more personal and relatable," he continues. "There won't be any five-minute cut scenes where the evil general explains his super weapon in our game. Instead, we want to create the look, tone, and pace of our favorite TV crime dramas."

He didn't offer up any specifics about how it would do so, but Milham said Visceral is "delivering a different type of storytelling and a new tone that feels different from the from most of the first person shooters we've all played a lot of lately."

The game's story is being shaped by director Bill Johnson and narrative consultant Wendy Calhoun, both of whom have worked on FX series Justified. The cast includes actors with credits on TV shows like True Detective, Law and Order, The Shield, and CSI Miami (YEAH), among others. Unfortunately, no specific names were revealed.

"This is a story that takes place in the grey area between cops and criminals, with police who aren't all good and thieves with a cause to fight for," Milham says. "As players, you'll get to see things from both sides."

Tone aside, one thing the game will do is offer you choices about how to tackle situations. Some examples of this include deciding whether to try intimidating someone into surrendering or using a Taser on them; ziplining past enemies or taking them out more directly; and prioritizing the takedown of someone with a warrant (granting you cash) or dealing with their henchmen first.

Although last month's Hardline beta concluded several weeks ago, another beta--this one for all of the game's platforms--is coming this fall. The full version of Hardline is scheduled for release on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on October 21.

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xerxes5678
xerxes5678

Honestly after BF3 and BF4's campaigns, I'd just prefer full bot support for offline MP instead.


BF2 is pretty much the only BF title I still play on a regular basis.

cpuchess
cpuchess

I would be more happy if they created offline multiplayer with bots..

Dark_Rage
Dark_Rage

I really hope they do something fantastic with the campaign. I played 20 minutes of BF4 campaign and was about to hit my head on a wall with boredom.


The multiplayer of course, i enjoy to the fullest.

dannydopamine8
dannydopamine8

My dream come true would be to see DICE break away from EA and create their own military simulator like arma.. 

russian_takeout
russian_takeout

criminals vs police?????? bf4 copy and paste????

that's how franchise kills itself.

most liely will still buy it..... oh well.

brandonmshanks
brandonmshanks

So if they're basing the single player campaign off all those tv shows then i guess that means its going to be stupid, rot with inaccuracies, and take place in a universe where all lab results comes back instantly instead of actually taking months. 

ogbj
ogbj

As if EA is going to come out and say "Yeah, nothing new here folks, don't spend $60 for this!". Oh please.

Garm31
Garm31

You know what would be doing something different EA? How about not releasing the same re-skinned game ever year. There is some really good competition this fall for games. With Alien Isolation, Evolve and The Evil Within. Let this be the year that the yearly rehashes fail miserably.

watchdogsrules
watchdogsrules

wow, and i thought that the makers of the battlefield games didn't really care about the single-player mode.

rickphoenixxx
rickphoenixxx

Hope the multiplayer works  on day one this time lol.

isshiah
isshiah

Sounds unlikely, but I'll keep my eye on this title. 

rickphoenixxx
rickphoenixxx

ANYTHING different from your standard military fps is a breath of fresh air for a mainstream shooter series. 

Rushaoz
Rushaoz

It better do something different. So far the game is literally a mod for BF4. While it is tons of fun, it's just a copy paste at the core. Something anyone in the modding community could have made had EA/DICE released mod tools for BF4. Anyways my point is the campaign better be amazing to justify that $60.

Keaze_
Keaze_

Hah! K.


Gaming interviews these days will never stop making me laugh.


No interest in watching the video, but I will still make a predictive resume:


"What we have created is something you will never have seen before,  It's super fun, super original and innovative!  We're psyched to show more in the future!"

MondasM
MondasM

anyone remember the swat series??? :)

PSYCHOV3N0M
PSYCHOV3N0M

The guy in the backseat of the screenshot in the video player above looks A LOT like actor Eugene Byrd who played Wink in the movie "8 MILE" hahaha

Stogin
Stogin

Didn't they say the exact same thing about the BF4 campaign, that this time it'd be great! Look how that turned out...

FuzzyPancakes
FuzzyPancakes

The graphics look kinda like a slight step down from bf4 in my opinion, and they pretty much look the same as bf3, if you played PC, and the graphics don't really compete with any other games coming out in my opinion, they look a little dated, but maybe they will get better when the game comes out, and also every bf story always feels really corny, and always feels like an after thought, in my opinion, it is never worth getting a bf game for the story mode.

hystavito
hystavito

Instead of super soldiers it'll be super cops.  It's still going to be crazy over the top action movie like.

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

I'd consider getting this if they do end up doing something interesting with SP. I suspect it'll just end up being servicable and I'm not enough of a battlefield fan to jump in just for MP.

fredyellowone
fredyellowone

Was so excited for BF4, and got so disappointed, that I really can't be excited for this.  I'm trying too, without success.

deadpen
deadpen

"completely different" OH GOD how often has BF or CoD used this phrase, 

Hey you know what, I'm going to go take a dump. It is going to be completely different from any dump I've taken before..............But it is still going to be a dump and will end the same way it always does, with me wiping.

Cashmoney007
Cashmoney007

I am going to continue to stress how important it is to make people want to work together in these fps games. This is just another game that does not do that.  I played the beta of this game, and it was not that good.  But if  the single player campaign is actually going to be as good as Bad Company 2 then I might think about getting it.  The beta should have had one map where players go into a building and rob a bank. I will admit that driving in the game is  just as fun as BF4.

DeadrisingX1
DeadrisingX1

Show me a campaign as impressive if not more impressive than the one in Bad Company 2 and I might gain some interest.

lfebaggins
lfebaggins

"Battlefield Hardline's Single-Player Aims to 'Do Something Completely Different'"


Translates to:


The single-player will be 4 hours long instead of 3 hours.

souprice86
souprice86

how about no script sequence + cut scene for a change

ps3gamer1234
ps3gamer1234

I am happy Visceral  is makeing Hardline because I want a good Battlefield single player again.

CapnXtraObvious
CapnXtraObvious

@MondasM It would be cool if an epic rivalry would form between Rainbow Six ans SWAT, when it makes a comeback.

Moegitto
Moegitto

@hystavito Everyone is a super soldier, cop or not. Regenerating health is destroying this generation...

imranfarid
imranfarid

@lfebaggins Just a tiny little mistake. ''4 days instead of 4 hours''

rickphoenixxx
rickphoenixxx

@tony56723 @rickphoenixxx I just wanna see some color and I like the idea of driving around in a cop car at points. Most likely gameplay will be similar, but it is just nice that it will be a lil different. I can just relate to cops and robbers more I guess, but that's not saying I haven't played some great military games. 

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

@Moegitto @hystavito  Why is regenerating health such as issue for you?  Personnally I have always hated, hated having to look for health packs while playing a game,  having non-regenerative health for a campaign at least does nothing to make the game more fun. Its an annoyance. For MP I can see having a some gametypes that don't have regenerative health.  But for most games you still die a lot. So its not that much of a factor. Its almost a non factor in BF and COD.