Prepare to pay full price twice to unlock all of Battlefield Hardline’s exclusive features

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“Own More and Be More” is EA’s dystopian-toned tagline for its unveiling of Battlefield Hardline Premium. In addition to the £44.00/$59.99 price for the base game (£59.99/$69.99 for the “deluxe” version), you can slap down an additional £44.00/$59.99 to unlock exclusive things that should have been included anyway.

For the price of another full game you get:

  • Masks: These give you some sort of exclusive gameplay benefit tied to the mask’s theme.
  • Gun Bench: Allows you to exclusively customize weapons and track their stats.
  • Competitive Play: Gain access to Battlefield Hardline Premium exclusive ladder and tournament games.
  • Legendary Status: You know “Prestige Mode” from Call of Duty? Well,  it looks like you get to pay for exclusive access to it.

You’ll also get exclusive access to the four following content packs two weeks early:

  • Battlefield Hardline: Criminal Activity: Players have to make a name for themselves in fast-paced, highly-destructible new maps littered with small-time crime jobs. Available summer 2015.
  • Battlefield Hardline: Robbery: Take down the opposition head on and progress through key locations with major cinematic action. Available summer 2015.
  • Battlefield Hardline: Getaway: This is frantic, high-speed chases that immerse players deeper in the heist. Available fall 2015.
  • Battlefield Hardline: Betrayal: There is a rat in every operation and players will have to find out who to trust. Available winter early 2016.

These packs will feature “new multiplayer maps, modes, vehicles, in-game content and a story themed throughout all four,” all of which are sure to entice and thrill.

You’ll also get 12 Gold Battlepacks which contain random in-game items for your enjoyment, exclusive in-game cosmetic #swag, exclusive in-game missions and events, and an exclusive double XP bonus.

However, the most bullshit exclusive thing of them all is: “Priority position in server queues.” That means, if you buy the base game and the servers are overloaded, you get to wait so that people who paid more money can go ahead of you.

Some might say, “Battlefield 3 and Battlefield 4’s Premium memberships were a good deal!” I’ll have to admit the amount of content was fairly good, but it’s easy to forget how terrible and broken Battlefield 4 was at launch, and with launches in general lately, you might spend $120 just to have an unplayable mess on your hands. For a game that isn’t exactly knocking it out of the ballpark in previews, it’s too much of an investment in my opinion.

Battlefield Hardline is coming out March 17 in the U.S. and March 19 in the U.K. exclusively on Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.


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