It's been a long time coming but it's finally arrived: Electronic Arts and Visceral Games have finally unveiled the official announcement for the open beta for Battlefield Hardline. The game is moving closer to its March, 2015 release but not before a final beta test is held.

Over on the official Battlefield Hardline website, there are a lot of vague promotional statements about the upcoming beta. For instance, it's made known that the beta is coming – and based on previous information released about the Battlefield Hardline beta – we just don't know when the exact date is.

According to the website...
“You've been asking about it, waiting for it, and while we can't tell you everything (like when it's coming), we're dropping the first details about the Battlefield™ Hardline beta today.”

What details we do receive happen to revolve around the game's multiplayer modes, of which there are two to choose from, Conquest and Hotwire. Conquest is the typical “oldie but goodie” from the Battlefield franchise where players attempt to control the map by killing off the opposing team and controlling various checkpoints throughout the map. The other mode, Hotwire, is an interesting feature that's been talked about very rarely by Visceral Games. It's where Battlefield Hardline gets its “fastest Battlefield yet” slogan from.

From what I can gather the Hotwire mode is about stealing a car and attempting to outrun law enforcement. I imagine there are some other objectives included that keeps the action progressive and thrilling, but I have no idea how it all works. I would be lying if I said I wasn't genuinely excited to see what Hotwire is all about. And yes, the small snippets from the trailers actually have me intrigued. It looks a little like the armored truck missions from APB: Reloaded fused with Call of Duty's team deathmatch.

Additionally, they make it known on the page that progress will stay and whatever you complete in the beta will carry over into the final game, stating...
“While it's just a taste of the whole game, we want you to come in, take your jacket off, stay awhile. There won't be a cap on the max progression level so whether you’re busting criminals or fleeing the cops, unlock away. The beta is your shot to test the different classes, toy with different gadgets, and find your crew to take down your foes.”

There were plenty of complaints about Battlefield Hardline when the first beta test commenced last summer ahead of it's original fall release date. Gamers murmured, spewed vitriol and took to forums and social media to dissuade others from falling for the hype.

It worked.

EA delayed Battlefield Hardline into early 2015. The game's new release date is now March 17th. Unfortunately, the game is still cross-gen so expect what you usually expect from cross-generational games.

I suspect Visceral Games and EA will be unloading the details on the start date of the beta soon enough. PC, PS4 and Xbox One gamers are welcome to join. For more information on the open beta be sure to visit the official website.

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