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Gamers itching for some new experiences in Battlefield have been anxiously awaiting the release of Battlefield Hardline. One group of first-person shooter fans can't wait to see the game on store shelves while another group are looking to rip the game a new one. Well, before anyone gets what they want, another beta will be held to test out the features and functionality of the game, and a new image may have leaked the official start date of the beta.

Over on the Battlefield sub-Reddit, user lameguythrowaway posted up a message about the potential start date of the highly talked about beta for Battlefield Hardline, saying...
“Hi guys, throwaway for a community member here. Happy to announce the beta goes live on February 3rd.

“Believe me or not, but Ronku have already sent out an email to people telling bf youtubers of the beta date, as well as a YouTube and twitch video assignment (so sponsored streams and videos).”

The message originally contained an image that was later removed from the post. However, another user managed to save the image and edit out the important information. You can check out the full size of the image right here.

What does the image say? Well, it's a message from the Ronku Manager, William Hyde, sending out a general PR notice about the beta. The message reads...
“I wanted to give you a couple of quick updates.

“First, there is a week left to submit videos to our SimCity Build It mobile assignment. Thanks to everyone who has submitted so far.

“Secondly, in case you haven't heard the beta for Battlefield Hardline goes live on February 3rd and there will be both a YouTube & Twitch assignment for this beta launch. More details on these assignments coming next week. I hope you are as excited as I am for the new Battlefield game!

This news isn't too surprising given that EA was heavily invested in the YouTube promotion of Battlefield 4 and Need For Speed: Rivals. The two games dropped back in 2013 but it was discovered that there were paid YouTube programs for streamers and Let's Players to pump up and promote the games. This was discovered during the infamous XB1M13 scandal between Microsoft and Machinima.

Battlefield Hardline was originally set for release last fall but the game was pushed back and delayed after a lot of feedback from fans suggested that the game needed a lot of fixing and changing. Added to that, the fall season was pretty jam-packed with a lot of heavy-hitting AAA titles, and EA was likely looking to avoid having Hardline cannibalized by other shooters like Call of Duty, or their very own highly-anticipated action-RPG, Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Battlefield Hardline received a new release date for early 2015. The game will receive one more beta test before officially launching for home consoles and PC. If the message from the image is to be believed then we can expect the beta to get underway on February 3rd, next month.