Details and dates for the Battlefield Hardline open multiplayer beta were announced by EA and Visceral Games today.
From February 3-8, the beta will be available to all players worldwide on Origin for PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
You’ll notice that the dates coincide with the Microsoft slip up earlier in the week.
Those playing in the beta can participate in Hotwire, which contains high-speed chases where criminals attempt to steal a list of marked cars while the cops try to repossess them. The mode will be available on two maps in the beta, Downtown and Dust Bowl.
The Battlefield franchise’s Conquest mode will also be included in Dust Bowl, with up to 64-player battles.
Heist mode will also be included, and takes place the map Bank Job. Criminals will be trying to “pull off a big score” by breaking into a bank vault and trying to secure their take at drop off points. A squad of cops will need to work together to stop the criminals.
The open beta will also provide access to the entire multiplayer progression system which features new weapons, vehicles, gadgets and gear. Players will need to “create new strategies on the battlefield” with faster getaway methods like the zipline and muscle cars, or with the grappling hook and non-lethal takedown options. The latter includes arrests, interrogations and stun guns.
Players will also get a first look at another game mode called Hacker. In it, one player on each side will need to hack the battlefield in various ways such as: hacking into security cameras, spotting enemies and specifying attack or defend areas. Hacker mode will be playable on all modes in the beta.
“There’s nothing more valuable to our team than the relationship we have with our community. Their passion feeds our passion and their feedback has definitely helped make Hardline a better game,” said Visceral GM Steve Papoutsis.
“We want them to play the hell out of the beta next week and trust that they’ll keep that feedback coming so we can continue to fine tune the game.”
Visceral Games also today released a new trailer providing an in-depth look at how innovations with story, speed and strategy in single-player and multiplayer are “helping to make Battlefield Hardline a complete first person shooter experience.”
Battlefield Hardline will launch on March 17 in North America, March 19 in Europe and March 20 in the UK.
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