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Visceral Games has announced that Battlefield Hardline, the crime drama spin-off of EA’s Battlefield franchise, is going into open beta to test the current build of the game. Details have not come out as to when exactly the beta will take place or how long it will last but Visceral Games has promised an excellent experience.

According to a new webpage on the official Battlefield website the open beta will be available on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC. Players will be able to play either police or criminals on two available maps. Players will be able to play two game modes, one being “Hotwire” which appears to be oriented around car chases, and the classic Battlefield “Conquest”. Visceral Games has promised not to limit player progression by removing the level cap that existed in the past and give players a proper amount of gadgets to experiment with. Visceral Games has stated that players should continue to give feedback on the game and help the developer make the eventual launch experience as smooth as possible:

“To be frank, we want you to play this beta to death. We need you to. This test is only going to make the game stronger, and help us take a look at ways we can ensure we deliver the most stable launch you deserve.”

Visceral Games delayed the release of Battlefield Hardline late last year following massive indifference by players participating in a past open beta. Karl Magnus Troedsson, an executive at DICE, wrote back in July that the decision to delay the title was after the community spoke in mass against the existing multiplayer experience. With the blessing of EA, developers went back to work on both the single player campaign and multiplayer experience. The upcoming open beta lacks a date but considering the current release date of Battlefield Hardline fans can expect one in the near future.

Battlefield Hardline is expected to release this year on March 17th for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC.

What do you think of Battlefield Hardline? Do you think more companies need to listen to what is said in ‘Open Betas’? Tell us in the comments below!


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