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Battlefield Hardline

Battlefield Hardline will be part of EA Access' early trial program

Jan 22
// Chris Carter
Battlefield Hardline has had some mixed reception due to its beta, but it was put on the backburner for a March 2015 release, and apparently the feedback given was taken under consideration. While you wait for the game to act...
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Battlefield open beta

Up for another Battlefield Hardline beta? This one's open to all platforms

Two maps, two modes, and no cap on your progression level
Jan 14
// Jordan Devore
It's unclear when the next Battlefield Hardline beta will go live, but when it does, it'll be open to all players on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. Cops and criminals will vie for control in the fam...
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Battlefield Easter egg

It sounds like there's another monster hiding in Battlefield 4

The mystery of Paracel Storm
Jan 08
// Jordan Devore
YouTube user JackFrags might just be on the trail of another hidden beast in Battlefield 4, and whatever it is, it sounds far scarier than a giant monster shark. Listen for yourself at 0:20. "I did a little snooping around i...
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Origin deals

99-cent Battlefield 3 and Inquisition for 33% off in Origin's year-end sale

99 cents more than free
Dec 23
// Dealzon
Origin finally started its "real" winter sale, and deals are fairly decent, especially if you've been eying a PC copy of Dragon Age: Inquisition. The PC download's price finally matches the console versions' Black Friday week...
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More Battlefield 4 DLC

Not-so-final stand: There's more Battlefield 4 DLC on the way

DICE wants to know which classic maps you want to see again
Dec 09
// Jordan Devore
It looked like Battlefield 4 was going to go out on a relative high note with the Final Stand DLC, but when it comes to naming in this industry, "final" doesn't have to mean the end. "With [Final Stand] released, we hope and ...
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Is this Battlefield Hardline live performance Frog Fractions 2?

Dec 05
// Steven Hansen
Do you remember Frog Fractions? The more-than-meets-the-eye treat announced a potential sequel on Kickstarter that just raised more questions than answers. Example: what the hell was this? Or the Kickstarter video? Anything c...
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Bows are the best

The Phantom Bow makes me want to get back into Battlefield 4

This video is so dumb (but I love it)
Nov 20
// Jordan Devore
Battlefield 4 Premium players have dug into this week's Final Stand DLC and found a number of secrets, including a cool-looking compound bow gated behind a force field in Hanger 21. Last I checked, the community at large was...
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Battlefield DLC

Battlefield 4's Final Stand DLC channels Battlefield 2142

Out tomorrow for Premium members
Nov 17
// Jordan Devore
This trailer for Battlefield 4's Final Stand DLC, like many Battlefield videos before it, makes me want to play the series. They're packed full of cool moment after cool moment that you could, in theory, encounter yourself i...
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Battlefield 4 lawsuit

Court rules for EA in lawsuit over Battlefield 4 launch

Judge says publisher's optimism did not mislead investors
Oct 23
// Kyle MacGregor
The lawsuit over Battlefield 4's disastrous launch was dealt a serious blow this week. On Monday, a federal judge ruled against shareholders who claim Electronic Arts mislead investors with regards to the readiness of the fir...
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DICE: Battlefield 4's bad launch 'absolutely' damaged trust

But, you know, promises not to do that again
Oct 08
// Steven Hansen
I think it's nice that we've finally managed to hold EA accountable to something. Can its ripoff sports game releases be next? Well, I guess it's been DICE falling on the sword and profusely apologizing more than EA.&nbs...
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Games with Gold

Friendly reminder: Go get yo' free games on Xbox Live!

Well, Gold subscribers that is
Oct 01
// Brett Makedonski
With the beginning of a new month, it's time that we all flip our calendars from that picture of an adorable kitten rolling around in the leaves to that picture of an adorable kitten sitting in a pumpkin. It's also time that ...
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Battlefield Hardline

Battlefield Hardline will have 150 ranks, and another beta round

The beta will be on all platforms
Sep 08
// Chris Carter
Taking to Twitter, executive producer Steve Papoutsis shared some recent developments for Battlefield Hardline. Be prepared to grind -- Hardline will reportedly arrive with 150 ranks in tow, allowing multi...
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Battlefield Hardline's single-player campaign reminds me of Far Cry 3

A 12-minute slice of gameplay
Aug 13
// Jordan Devore
Up until now, Visceral Games has concentrated on showing the multiplayer side of Battlefield Hardline. That's been fine, but unlike most other Battlefield titles, I'm actually somewhat interested in hearing about the single-...
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Free Battlefield 4

Battlefield 4 is free to play for a week on PC

Add the game to your library before August 14 to partake
Aug 07
// Jordan Devore
EA is back with another Origin Game Time promotion following that one for Titanfall. Those of you on PC can claim a week of free access to Battlefield 4 -- just add the game to your Origin library before August 14. The clock ...
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Electronic Arts

EA improves revenue in first quarter of 2014, delays Dragon Age and Battlefield

KOTOR 3 still not in development
Jul 23
// Brittany Vincent
As Electronic Arts' first fiscal quarter came to a close on June 30, the publisher found that it had beaten expectations for profits and revenue. EA credits much of this success to the runaway success of Titanfall. CEO Andrew...
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Battlefield 4

Battlefest is a battlelove letter to Battlefield battlefans

Battle battle battle battle
Jul 09
// Brittany Vincent
Hyped for Battlefield 4? Electronic Arts sure wants you to be, an that's why they're introducing a festival for Battlefield fans known as -- what else? -- Battlefest. It's a celebration that will run this summer with weekly r...
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Battlefield 4

EA dates Battlefield 4 DLC, then pulls the listing

Well, it's probably coming this month
Jul 04
// Chris Carter
As everyone knows Battlefield 4 Premium members get access to DLC two weeks early, and in their attempt to promote a 20% off sale of the service, they seemingly jumped the gun by announcing the Dragon's Teeth add-on date of J...
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Battlefield Hardline beta feedback led to these changes

Faster movement? Good
Jul 02
// Jordan Devore
Folks who tried out the Battlefield Hardline beta last month provided Visceral with feedback and the studio has taken that to make 10 fixes/improvements to the game. Notably, player movement speed is now 10 percent faster and...
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Hardline beta

Surprise: There's going to be a second Battlefield Hardline beta

Coming this fall
Jun 27
// Brett Makedonski
EA's beta for Battlefield Hardline may have ended, but anyone that missed out has another chance to get in on some early cops and robbers action. In a post on Battlefield's website thanking players for participating...
They're pretty bad at feigning humility
EA has garnered quite a reputation for being jerks over the past couple of years, with the rough launch of Battlefield 4 being one of the many reasons people are upset with them. CEO Andrew Wilson offered his apologies, sort of.

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Bad Company

DICE isn't sure why fans like Battlefield: Bad Company so much

'No one can really put their finger on what it is people love'
Jun 24
// Jordan Devore
DICE knows there's a demand for another Battlefield: Bad Company -- but it doesn't know why that demand exists, exactly. Maybe we can help break it down for the studio. "Some people say they found the multiplayer controls fas...
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Battlefield 3 bans

EA says that it accidentally banned some Battlefield 3 players

Jun 24
// Chris Carter
EA has admitted that recently, a lot of people were banned in Battlefield 3 on PC in error. So if you were one of those unlucky people, listen up. As per the message on EA's Help site, "We are investigating an issue of P...
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Battlefield 4

EA is sorry for Battlefield 4, but it has another paid DLC to deliver to you

'Dragon's Teeth'
Jun 23
// Chris Carter
Just recently we got our apology for the broken mess of a game DICE called Battlefield 4. According to EA CEO Andrew Wilson, because the game was too large, the failure at launch was "unacceptable." Of course, this is months ...
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Battlefield 4

EA: Battlefield 4 was a victim of its own ambition

'The situation we had was unacceptable'
Jun 20
// Brett Makedonski
To put it bluntly, Battlefield 4 was broken when it came out. Everyone's accepted that fact, including EA itself. EA CEO Andrew Wilson recently chimed in to candidly say that Battlefield 4's shortcomings had to do with i...
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Battlefield Hardline beta weapons and gadgets unlocked

Plus netcode improvements on PC
Jun 20
// Jordan Devore
Are you playing the Battlefield Hardline beta? I did, briefly, but I should give it another chance. Especially now that all of the currently implemented weapons and gadgets have been unlocked. (The full game will of course ha...
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Battlefield Hardline beta now open to all PC players

Instant access is here
Jun 18
// Jordan Devore
EA and Visceral Games have opened up beta access for Battlefield Hardline on PC. If you aren't already participating, you can now get in immediately by signing up here. Having only played a tiny bit of Hardline so far, I get ...
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Battlefield & Dead Space

EA: Hardline doesn't mean annual Battlefield, new Dead Space possible

A new Dead Space will 'absolutely' happen at some unknown point in the future
Jun 17
// Steven Hansen
Still confused about how Hardline -- the Battlefield game, not Destructoid's podcast -- came to be? EA Studios executive vice president Patrick Söderlund explained to Polygon: "Karl-Magnus [Troedsson], who...
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Battlefield Hardline

The Battlefield Hardline beta will come to Xbox One eventually

Just not right now
Jun 16
// Chris Carter
Last week, fans had the chance to sign up and play the Battlefield Hardline beta on the PC and PS4 -- which leaves one odd console out -- the Xbox One. Naturally everyone was wondering why the beta wasn't available on th...
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DICE contemplating early access approach for Battlefield

The jokes write themselves
Jun 13
// Jordan Devore
At E3 2014, DICE general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson told Game Informer that the studio has a desire to further involve its community in the development process, possibly along the lines of what we've seen on Steam Early Ac...

Battlefield Hardline: First hands-on impressions

Jun 09 // Dale North
The idea started as a dream when DICE and Visceral studio heads met in Barcelona a couple of years ago. Big fans of each others' games, they started talking about games they'd like to make. A crazy idea snowballed into a full-on plan. But Visceral, the team behind the Dead Space games, knew third-person shooting better than first-person. So as a way of learning the ropes, Visceral did a Battlefield expansion pack, End Game.  After that, they started on the concept work for what would eventually be Hardline. In a pre-E3 reveal, Ian Milham, Creative Director on Hardline, explained that his team at Visceral had been working on a new IP following the last Dead Space. He put his presentation together for executives after working on it for a few months, but it got a mixed reaction. The execs brought up making a Battlefield game instead. Milham says he has been a franchise fan for a long time, but he did not want to do another military shooter. Milham talked about how modern military shooters were going science fiction lately. He wanted to do something different, fun, and relatable -- no grizzle-voiced heroes or private armies. His dream was to make something that played off backyard fantasies. Robbing banks, relatable places, real weapons -- no fancy equipment or high-end squad tactics.  We had a chance to spend some time with Battlefield: Hardlline's multiplayer a few weeks back. playing a couple of short matches in two newly revealed game modes. The game does have a full single-player component, but Visceral wanted to show multiplayer first to show the direction they're going with this project. Milham noted that they've done a lot of single-player games in the past, so we know they have that side covered. The cops in Hardline are pretty militarized, so armored cars and helicopters are the norm in battle. On the criminals side, these guys are pros, so they have a bunch of handy technologies and automated gear like grappling hooks and ziplines. Cops have ballistic shields, gas masks, flash bombs and more. For vehicles, my hands-on time felt like anything goes in Hardline. Cops have fast interceptors that can zip around town while a partner hangs out the passenger side window, shooting. Criminals have muscle cars as a parallel, but they also have their own armored transports. I was suddenly dropped into just about every vehicular situation you could imagine in one match that had both factions fighting over control points in a city. I went from being on the ground, to manning a turret on top of a transport, to shooting a machine gun from an open helicopter door, all in a scramble. I played in a large group multiplayer session to try out the Heist mode. This has the criminals trying to break into a defended area,  gathering loot, and then working to escape safely. They have to get to vaults, arm charges, and defend them until the charges explode. From there, they'll take their loot to a drop-off point. Meanwhile, the cops are working to intercept these transports and halt escapes. In this mode I had fun as a cop, running down criminals with cars, or picking them off after they've worked so hard to crack a vault. Another mode, called Blood Money, has cops and robbers fighting over stolen loot. A transport was stopped mid-route, and the cops have to try to secure the transport while the criminals try to steal from it. The criminals have to take the stolen money, bag by bag, to their vault and protect it. But the cops can raid this vault and steal it back. Nothing is safe, and the line, measured in money, is constantly shifting.  This mode was even more fun than Heist. The map, a large city with plenty of damaged buildings and roadways, has plenty of hiding places and alternative paths to sneak away in as a criminal. Despite the large number of cops running, I was able to steal loads of cash for my team by keeping low and taking underground passageways. Above ground, gun fights, helicopter patrols, and crazy setpiece events, like crashing buildings, kept the tension up.  From my short time with it, Hardline feels more relaxed and approachable than the multiplayer in past Battlefield games. There's quite a bit more character and personality as well, which had these matches feeling less competitive and more enjoyable.  Battlefield is a huge franchise, but Hardline feels like a departure from the big budget, super serious games of late. Hats off to Visceral and DICE for taking the opportunity to try something different. We hope to see more of Hardline in the coming weeks.
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Details on how Hardline came to be
I was pretty excited to be able to be the first to tell you about Battlefield Hardline, the new team up cops-and-robbers title from Visceral (Dead Space) and DICE. But trailer leaks, detail leaks, and even gameplay video lea...

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