My youth was spent devouring any video game my outdated, overworked Gateway desktop could handle. From seven-CD installs to lurking through obscure forum posts for a particular patch, I was born and molded by PC gaming. In particular, 2002 was a fantastic year for me as a child. From Jedi Knight II to Elder Scrolls: Morrowind, PC gamers received some of the most celebrated games on the platform. As a burgeoning young gamer, my 2002 hit was Battlefield 1942, which quickly became one of my favorite series’ of all time. With E3 in full swing, I was excited to see what developer DICE was going to bring to the table.
Boy, did they not disappoint. Despite the recent Battlefield 4 controversy, DICE and Visceral Games announced an entirely new, completely different take on the Battlefield franchise: Battlefield: Hardline. Rather than the series’ usual take on modern and historic combat, Hardline will feature a full-fledged campaign and multiplayer experience centered around the age of game of “Cops and Robbers.” Players take the role of either party, with paramilitary police forces attempting to thwart schemes and shenanigans of an organized criminal forces. DICE General Manager Karl-Magnus Troedsson relates the game to “a great TV crime drama,” hoping to appease both the multiplayer crowd as well as fans of a compelling narrative.
Speaking of multiplayer, Origin users can now sign up for the chance to join an exclusive closed beta. While demand is high, this may be your only chance to get a taste of the action early. Access to the beta includes the opportunity to try out a single multiplayer map on two different game modes, as well as unlocks a variety of rewards when the full game launches. The beta is currently only available for PC and PS4 customers, with no word on XB1 access yet. Excited gamers can pre-order Battlefield: Hardline through the Origin store prior to its October 21st launch. In the meantime, check out DICE’s 6 Minutes of Multiplayer Gameplay below for a glimpse into Battlefield’s brave new world.
See you on the battlefield, criminal scum.