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The second open beta for Visceral Games’ Battlefield Hardline is now live, worldwide, on PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. According to the official news feed the beta session will run from today to Sunday, February 8th.

Visceral Games has promised not to limit player progression so the open beta will not have a level cap. However any progress made in the open beta will be reset for the release in March. The open beta will feature three game modes and maps. The open beta will require around 11 gigabytes for download on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The download for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 will be less than 4 gigabytes. The last generation consoles will have a 24-player cap for all maps. Players that own Battlefield 4 will receive an exclusive dog tag after taking part in the Battlefield Hardline open beta.

Battlefield Hardline Open Beta fight

The beta will offer “Hotwire”, a game mode that has criminals attempting to steal vehicles and travel to specific drop-offs before police can stop them. Hotwire mode will be available on the maps “Downtown” and “Dust Bowl”. Another mode included in the open beta will be the classic zone-capture Battlefield mode “Conquest”. This game mode will be available on the map “Dust Bowl”. The third and final game mode will be “Heist” on the map “Bank Job”. Heist is a factional game mode competing for two bags of money. Criminals must bring the money to one of two designated points, which are protected by police officers, before time runs out. Visceral Games has stated that the open beta will include a “hacker mode” on all maps and for all modes. This mode will allow one player on each team to take control of security cameras and track enemies. Players looking for more information on the full list of maps and modes in Battlefield Hardline can check out this older TechRaptor article.

For those on PC Origin Insider has released the recommended specifications:

Recommended:
OS: Windows 8 64-BIT (with KB971512 Update)
CPU: Intel Quad-core CPU, AMD Six-core CPU
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Video Card: AMD Radeon R9 290, NVidia GeForce GTX 760
Graphics RAM: 3 GB
Hard Drive: 60 GB
DirectX 11

Minimum:

OS: Windows Vista SP2 64-BIT (with KB971512 Update)
CPU: Athlon II/Phenom II 2.8 GHz, Intel Core i3/i5 2.4GHz
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 5770 (1 GB), NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 (896 MB)
Hard Drive: 60 GB
DirectX 11

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

Have you downloaded the open beta yet? Do you plan to join in? Tell us what you think of the beta so far!


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Born in Niagara Falls, the northeast edge of the rust belt, amateur author and audiophile Thomas Nelson has exhausted almost two decades as an elitist PC gamer. His interests include history, ideology, philosophy, politics and spending an obscene amount of time staring at a computer screen. He has a degree in broadcasting and is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree at Buffalo State University in political science. Thomas is currently writing for TechRaptor, a video game and tech publication.