Report: Battlefield Hardline Beta Coming to PS4

Tipsters say attending Sony's upcoming "E3 Experience" at movie theaters is one way to get in.

A beta for upcoming police-themed FPS Battlefield Hardline will be held on the PlayStation 4, and attending Sony's special "E3 Experience" event next week could be a way to get in, according to a new report. IGN readers who RSVP'd to the event were reportedly emailed a code for the Battlefield Hardline beta as a thank you for confirming their attendance.

The Battlefield Hardline beta will supposedly include "two new game modes" playable on a map called High Tension. Separately, an unspecified "source" told IGN that the Battlefield Hardline beta is indeed real and coming to the PS4. It's unclear if the rumored Battlefield Hardline beta will be exclusive to the PS4 or if PC and Xbox owners will also get a shot at it.

It wouldn't be much of a surprise to learn that Sony and Electronic Arts had teamed up to offer PlayStation players exclusive Battlefield goodies. After all, every expansion for Battlefield 3 came to PlayStation 3 first.

Announced last week, Sony's "E3 Experience" brings a live-stream of the company's E3 2014 press conference on the evening of Monday, June 9 to movie theaters across the United States and Canada. Sony previously teased that attendees would receive a special bonus gift, and it's now looking likely that the Battlefield Hardline beta could be that exact gift. You can sign up to attend at the "E3 Experience" website.

Battlefield Hardline is currently in development at Dead Space studio Visceral Games. New gameplay footage for the title leaked out earlier this week, and EA will show off the game in greater detail during its E3 2014 press conference next week. In addition to Battlefield Hardline, Visceral Games is working on a new Star Wars game, led by former Uncharted creative director Amy Hennig.

For more on this year's E3, check out GameSpot's roundup of everything you need to know about the show, which is now just days away.

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65 comments
CnConrad
CnConrad

How is this game any different than BF4?

Exact same map/character animations/ guns/ objective markers/ Ribbon system.

Why is anyone calling this a cops & robber game? It's a war game where they substituted crooks for the Russians and cops for the USA.

richten71
richten71

I hope the event isn't the only way to get a beta code because there are no theaters in my state that are hosting the event and I am really excited to play the beta.

drysprocket
drysprocket

Don't do it. Insert my usual pledge to never support EA again here.

Spartan-1657
Spartan-1657

I'm surprisingly actually excited for this game. Looking forward to learning more!

NoahRoalson
NoahRoalson

Battlefield is dead. All we have now is a shell of what the game used to be, back before it was the huge AAA, multiplatform title it is today.

danielbirchal
danielbirchal

Let's just hope Battlefield 4 beta actually (and finally) ends before this one starts, otherwise it will never be entirelly fixed.

Gruug
Gruug

Maybe it is just me but couldn't this game have been released as an expac for BF4. I wonder (sort of) if this is going to have another "Premium" sub to it as well. I am not sure yet, but I just may pass for the first time on THIS particular BF game.

FuzzyPancakes
FuzzyPancakes

I would be surprised if they did not release a beta on PC, because a lot of people were furious about how terribly optimized BF4 ran... even after the beta, even though a lot of the problems were fixed after the beta, people still had crashes, and huge, and sometimes unplayable fps drops, I think it would be stupid not to have a beta on PC  

anvilone
anvilone moderator

Technically, Sony got BF3 content early because EA failed to deliver the BF 1943 pre-order bonus. That's less of a partnership than mea culpa.

eze_sl89
eze_sl89

Behold the new battlefield hardline, 1 map and 50 DLC exciting maps to buy separately, kids ! go tell your mom !

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

Hopefully the beta will happen early enough to have some meaningful impact on the game's quality and polish at launch

When EA runs a beta 3 weeks before a game's launch, you know it's just for marketing purposes

kryotech
kryotech

I'm not optimistic about this game. The premise doesn't appeal to me.

djpetitte
djpetitte

Payday + Tactical Intervention + Battlefield = Hardline.  That could actually end up being really good.

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

Speaking of beta,when the hell is Doom Beta coming out?

gundamalt
gundamalt

Witch battlefield should i play first ?

adders99
adders99

It is waaaaay to soon for a new Battlefield game...

Stevo_the_gamer
Stevo_the_gamer moderator moderator

Will the BETA help prevent a fiasco of a networking and bug issue that BF4 experienced? Probably not. :p

endouken
endouken

If sold as an expansion for B4 I'll definitely get this. I wouldn't mind paying a reasonable fee either (£15ish), as although I have "premium" which gives me all DLC for free, this feels more like a real expansion/add-on than just an extra few maps.

If sold as a separate game though? Not a chance. Not enough people will get this with all the quality issues that are only just being resolved in bf4, meaning as a stand alone game the online will be dead in a few months. Equally, I'd boycott it just because it would irritate me to learn that they've been developing another (small) game instead of focusing on fixing their flagship bf4...I'll give it a miss in this scenario.

TristanPR77
TristanPR77

It would be good to play the beta and see what hey got.

origkillmachine
origkillmachine

Cant wait to see this game. Hopefully it's different enough to set itself apart from BF4, and doesn't suffer too much from last-gen limitations.

mbounce88
mbounce88

@richten71 It should be everyone who goes and has paid premium for 4... Something like that.. Or how about just totally clogging the servers to make sure this doesnt end up like BF4

djpetitte
djpetitte

@NoahRoalson  I feel like BF is very much alive.  between hardline and eventually a sequel to 2142  or Bad Company 3. That's not even to mention Starwars Battlefront Dice is working on. We will get to see some fresh Battlefield style games next week at E3. Not to mention bf4 was updated today and runs silky smooth on a pc I built in 2010.


If anything Cod is dying and BF will live through the genre fatigue with it's loyal PC fan base.


NoahRoalson
NoahRoalson

@FuzzyPancakes I agree, but we are talking about DICE/EA here. PC is no longer their priority, that has clearly shifted to the masses of "general" players, not the core Battlefield fanbase.

djpetitte
djpetitte

@eze_sl89 clearly not the case and taken to the extreme, but maybe you should go check out a Cod thread somewhere. You sound like an angry tween man.  Stop having so much rage and live a normal life.

eze_sl89
eze_sl89

@daikkenaurora12 you may be right, just now they released the finished version of BF4. so... imaginate when this new crappy game with be finished... maybe in 2016?

eze_sl89
eze_sl89

@gamefreak215jd It was a lie to make people buy wolfenstein. Its the same lie as the cake in portal.

djpetitte
djpetitte

@gundamalt 

if you want to do it the right way start with 1942, its free.  Then BF2 and also 2142. Then go straight to Bad Company 2. If you cant get your BF fill with all that then play bf4

djpetitte
djpetitte

@Stevo_the_gamer 


I don't fully buy this crap. My friends and I have been playing on PC since the Beta without any game breaking issues.  I have 250 hours and my friends have more then me. I live about an hour from Chicago and play on servers there,  I have seen my ping hit the low teens and runs smooth as butter. Just like every bf game it's been patched over time.  remember bf2 or 2142 they had at least 1.5 to 2 years of patching.  

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

@Stevo_the_gamer  BF4 was a different game which has now had many of it's bugs fixed including an update that made the netcode a lot more stable, how you can just assume it will be the same is beyond me, they are using the same engine and have lots of the bugs fixed so they will be fixed from the get go this time.

hystavito
hystavito

@djpetitte @NoahRoalson It's alive but I wouldn't expect much freshness :).  Hardline already looks to be very military-ish in style and scale, just stuffed into a cops & robbers setting.

djpetitte
djpetitte

@eze_sl89 @djpetitte telling someone to internet shut up is hilarious. I should internet smack you, smacktard.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

at the same time, @eze_sl89 be like.. "look at me trashing every else's comments ! im begging for likes"

mbounce88
mbounce88

@hystavito @djpetitte @NoahRoalson It does but no FPS is as fluid, more detailed, more customized then BF... COD doesnt even come close and I was a total fan boy before I played BF 4 for PS4

djpetitte
djpetitte

@Spartan_418 @eze_sl89 


hahah no kidding. what clown shoes this jokster is.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

@eze_sl89 I fail to see how my name or avatar matter in any way. Once again, [downvote]