There are four new maps, four new weapons, two new vehicles, two new attachments and six new masks being added to Battlefield Hardline with the new Criminal Activity DLC expansion pack. There's also the brand new Bounty Hunter mode making the cut and you can get a glimpse at all the new content with the teaser trailer for the DLC.
Some of the new maps included in the DLC pack includes Code Blue, a nightclub stage highlighted with a lot of neon purples and pinks, where players will fight in and around the club. The stage looks a little small from what I can tell but it appears it may be aimed around more close quarters combat and shootouts designed to give gamers that John Woo movie feel. I mean, those bottles in the back and all those high-end furnishings are begging to be blown to small bits.
The next stage showcased in the grungy urban-themed map called The Beat. It takes place in a low-rent area where players will be able to make use of one of the new vehicles in the game, a hydraulics-fueled low-rider. A gas station appears to fill out the outskirts of the map and plenty of small corridors and tight spaces appear to flesh out the expanse of the map. The mix of streets, side-streets and apartment dwellings would make it perfect for both close and long-range combat. I can easily see snipers taking up a position inside of the rooms and picking off opponents at a distance.
Battlefield Hardline's Criminal Activity DLC also sports a new map called Black Friday, which is basically a multiplayer rendition of one of the single-player campaign maps. It takes place in a mall during a heavy storm. It's not much of a stage that appears to be designed for vehicular gameplay, but there's definitely some room for a lot of run-and-gun team play. Open spaces galore and small convex obstructions to work as cover makes Black Friday perfect as a sniper's playground.
Backwoods is another map that borrows similar themes from Battlefield Hardline's single-player campaign. It's hard to get a gauge on the scope of the Backwoods map given that most of the shots only show small snippets of various areas. Based on the clips I would presume that the map is definitely designed for a lot of vehicular play.
Unfortunately the trailer is just a teaser and we don't get to see all four of the new weapons or the second new vehicle. The low-rider is definitely an interesting choice but I don't know how popular it's going to be in the actual game. Unlike GTA V, Battlefield games typically utilize vehicles based on their usefulness and in this case a low-rider that isn't very fast and sports a lot of hydraulic action isn't the most reliable vehicle you'll want to have on the battlefield.
Additionally, we also don't get to see the new gadget, whatever it might be. We do, however, get to see three of the new masks in the game. It's a wolf, gorilla and a rabbit. That rabbit mask looks pretty vicious, by the way.
You can learn more about the upcoming Battlefield: Hardline DLC by heading on over to the official website.
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