EA has announced today that the latest in the Battlefield series, Battlefield Hardline, will be launching in early 2015. This is a departure from the usual fall launch that the other BF games have met.
Reasons for delaying the game were the results of the feedback and data the team has collected from the closed beta last month. Visceral Games is now pouring over all of that data to develop a better gaming experience for everyone but in order to do so they need more time. Here are a few things they hope to accomplish with the additional time from the blog post:
1. Multiplayer Innovation: Coming out of our E3 beta, internal focus tests, and work with our community, we have received a lot of great Multiplayer thinking. We’re going to be adding some new feature ideas direct from the community that will evolve the cops and criminals fantasy into a truly unique Battlefield Multiplayer experience.
2. Single Player Story Depth: In order to ensure our Single Player experience delivers on player expectations, we’re spending more time polishing our core features, as well as adding a few new ones that will support a deeper “crime revenge” story experience.
3. Stability: This has been a focus for our team since day one and we’re going to be using the extra time to continue to optimize the game for a stable launch. We have learned a lot from Battlefield 4, are continuing to learn from our Community Test Environment and will learn more from another Hardline beta. More time allows us to surface issues that the team can attempt to fix prior to launch.
They also mentioned that they are still focusing on improvements for Battlefield 4 as well as releasing the remaining DLCs for it.