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Battlefield's developers always love taking shots at rival shooter series Call of Duty. Battlefield Hardline continues that proud tradition with a joke at Advanced Warfare's expense.
Specifically, Hardline makes fun of Advanced Warfare's funeral scene. In COD: AW, the player is standing by the coffin of a slain comrade when suddenly they're given a button prompt: ""Press F to Pay Respects." The unexpected QTE turned what's supposed to be an otherwise sad scene into a big joke.
You can find Battlefield Hardline's reference to that infamous scene in the single-player campaign, during the mission "Sovereign Land." In the second section of the mission, there's a shovel and fresh grave next to a ruined home. After analyzing the grave with your scanner, you learn that it's the shallow grave of an ATF Agent.
When you approach the grave, you're asked to press E to pay respects. Do so, and your character will kiss their hand and then tap the grave. You can watch the next-gen emotion in this video, which also includes the Advanced Warfare scene for comparison's sake:
This is the latest in a long string of jokes that Battlefield creators have made about Call of Duty. DICE also took a jab at Call of Duty: Ghosts with Battlefield 4. One of the most publicized features of Ghosts was a dog that players could remotely control. When it came time to make a story trailer for BF4, DICE included a short clip of a dog being punched:
That joke paled in comparison to what DICE did with Battlefield: Bad Company 2, though. They included at least two jokes about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 in the campaign itself:
Prior to launch, the company also released a fake public service announcement warning against random grenade spam from "competing games:"
Battlefield Hardline debuted yesterday on PC and consoles in North America. Europe will receive the game tomorrow.
The screenshot is from PCWorld's review of the game.