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Battlefield Hardline's first DLC Criminal Activity will be coming out in June, developer Visceral Games announced today. They also confirmed numerous details about the multiplayer add-on's features.
"Small crews of well-trained, aggressive criminals have been using force of arms to terrorize the citizenry and are in direct conflict with the police in many cases," DICE said of the new expansion. "Public property damages and insurance claims have skyrocketed, not to mention the impact on the police force."
Criminal Activity will bring four maps for multiplayer: Backwoods, Code Blue, The Beat and Black Friday. Like the Close Quarters expansion for Battlefield 3, Criminal Activity is focused on smaller maps with lots of room-to-room fighting and more destructible environments. Hardline producer Zach Mumbach revealed last month that they will be set in California and Florida. Furthermore, two of these maps will take place at night.
Visceral Games mentioned that Criminal Activity brings a new mode called Bounty Hunter. They didn't outline what this mode will entail, though.
The expansion also introduces new weapons. Players will be able to unlock three additions for their arsenal along with two ammunition types. There will also be a Nailgun as a Battle Pickup in at least one map so you can do some home improvement work.
A few other items will be included as well. There's one new gadget in Criminal Activity but it's unclear what it is. Six new masks - two animal, and four police-themed - will give players some extra options for their character's appearance.
Although Criminal Activity is focused on closed-quarters fighting, it will also bring two more vehicles. All we know about these new rides so far is that they won't be airplanes.
"No planes, Mumbach said in the previously mentioned interview. "I just don't see how to work it into the fiction of what we're doing."
Criminal Activity will be available to Hardline players starting in June. However, they only committed to having it available next month for Battlefield Hardline Premium members, who get two weeks of early access for all DLC. That might mean that the wider release of the expansion is expected in early July.
Visceral Games will be releasing four DLC packs for Hardline in total. Criminal Activity will be followed by Robbery, Getaway and Betrayal between now and early 2016.
Players can get access to all of Hardline's expansion by purchasing the $50 Premium membership. Battlefield Hardline Premium members will get several other perks as well, including server queue priority, 12 Gold Battlepacks, new customization items, and access to exclusive in-game events. Visceral Games has also promised brand-new features like masks with "unique gameplay benefits" and a Gun Bench for customizing weapons.