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Battlefield Hardline expansion Criminal Activity will introduce a new game mode called "Bounty Hunter." Today Visceral Games explained how this infantry mode will work.
"When a player is taken out a team-colored coin is dropped in the world by their body," Visceral said. "When an enemy coin is collected it is added to your team’s score. Friendly coins can be collected to deny the enemy the ability to score your team’s coin. The first team to collect enough enemy coins to hit the limit wins the match."
These coins add some complexity to the usual team deathmatch experience. You can't just snipe enemies from afar. You've got to get up close and personal to collect the coin. Alternately, you can use this bounty to set an ambush. Just hang back and surprise any enemies who rush over to collect the coin and deny your kill.
Bounty Hunter mode also makes teamwork more important than ever. The more teammates you have nearby, the harder it will be for the team to collect your coin. Being alone is never really a good idea in a Battlefield game but the mechanics of this mode mean that Rambo tactics are even less effective.
The mode ought to sound familiar to Call of Duty veterans. Bounty Hunter mode is essentially Kill Confirmed, a game type introduced back in Modern Warfare 3. To be fair to Visceral, though, they picked a good mode to ape.
The four new maps in Criminal Activity are mainly designed around close-quarters combat. However, Visceral says that they're varied enough to offer different experiences for Bounty Hunter mode.
"In Black Friday, set in a Miami shopping mall, tight hallways and focused chokepoints provide excellent routes for run-and-gun players. Code Blue and The Beat, offer a blend of close quarters and medium range engagements that complement the new selection of battle rifles. Add an Angled Foregrip and a 4x Optic and you’re ready dominate at longer ranges in the hills of Backwoods."
Criminal Activity also brings a range of new gear to the game. The expansion includes four weapons, a gadget, two weapon attachments, and six masks. One of these new weapons, according to the recent trailer, is a Tommy gun. There are also two new vehicles, including a low-rider that can bounce on its hydraulics.
Visceral Games plans to debut Criminal Activity in June. Battlefield Hardline Premium members will get two weeks of early access.