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EA and Visceral Games are ready to move into the release phase of Battlefield: Hardline, hence they've announced that the game has officially gone gold for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC.
MP1st picked up on the news, which was made via a quick post over on Twitter by the official Battlefield Twitter account.
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Going gold means that the team has finished core development on the title and that the gold master disc is being shipped off to the factory to be pressed and printed for retail release. I'm sure Visceral Games is wiping sweat from their foreheads having this monumental milestone behind them.
Battlefield: Hardline hasn't had the easiest of times riding the road to gold. The game is coming into the release window phase with a lot more positivity surrounding it than just a few months ago where a lot of people were down on the game and felt as if the first beta that took place during the summer hurt it more than helped.
It's not hard to see why people were down on the game – there were a lot of comparisons to Battlefield 4 and the general feeling that Hardline wasn't doing enough to separate itself from DICE's previous outing. There were also complaints about inconsistent gameplay pace, weapon balance and part of the way the maps were designed.
For the second beta, Visceral Games opened up the new Hotwire mode that managed to change a lot of peoples' minds about the game. The mode sees crooks attempting to hotwire a various cars and then get them to a specified location. The cops basically have to stop them. There's an identical mode like this in APB: Reloaded, which is tense, frantic and full of action-packed thrills. Unsurprisingly, Battlefield: Hardline's Hotwire mode is tense, frantic and full of action-packed thrills.
There was a lot of positive reception for the new mode and for the game's improvement over the beta from last summer.
EA also decided to sweeten the deal for PC gamers by luring them in with a special “Veteran's Pack” for anyone with an Origin account who purchased Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Battlefield 3 or Battlefield 4. That's one incentive to help get older, jaded gamers back onto the bandwagon.
Battlefield: Hardline is still a first-person shooter and will feature both a detailed single-player campaign and a fully expanded multiplayer mode. The single-player portion of the game will be designed to mimic television police procedurals, following through each chapter as if it were an episode on television.
The multiplayer brings back a lot of the same competitive features and modes made popular in previous Battlefield titles, along with new modes like the hostage rescue, where two sides will duke it out Counter-Strike style.
Battlefield: Hardline is set for release on March 17th, 2015 for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC. You can learn more about the game by visiting the official website.