DICE has announced that cops-and-robber shooter Battlefield: Hardline has been delayed into early 2015. The game was scheduled for release on October 21st 2014 but has now been pushed back to 2015 following feedback from the recent beta. The extra development time will mean the Visceral Games team will be able to push the game further and make it even better.
Karl Magnus Troedsson, DICE VP & Group GM, has listed a few things that the development team will work on over the next coming months to improve the game:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Hopefully this also means there will be another beta further down the line so gamers can test the new changes to the game. We’re all for delays if it means the final game is better and more stable.
[Source: Battlefield Blog]