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Battlefield Hardline's launch is two days away but PC gamers can start getting ready right now. EA announced this weekend that preloading is available through Origin.

After you've purchased Battlefield Hardline through Origin, you can start preloading by clicking it in the My Games tab of the Origin client. The download is about 30.6 GB so it's going to take awhile even if you've got a fast connection. The game will then automatically install once the hard drive is complete.

Three editions of Hardline are available on Origin. The $59.99 Standard Edition comes with three Gold Battlepacks, bundles of random items for your character. It also includes the Versatility Battlepack, loaded with an assault rifle, camo skin and XP boost. The next step up is the $69.99 Digital Deluxe Edition, with nine more Battlepacks on top of the Standard Edition offering.

The most expensive bundle of all is $119.98 Ultimate Edition. It includes everything from the cheaper editions along with Battlefield Hardline Premium. Premium gives access to all four expansion packs for the game two weeks before everyone else. Other perks of Premium membership include 12 more Golden Battlepacks, exclusive customization items and priority for server queues.

Before you spend any money on Hardline, though, make sure that your PC can actually run the game. Here are the official system requirements announced by EA:

  • OS: Windows Vista SP2 64bit (with KB971512 Update) or newer
  • PROCESSOR: 2.4 GHz Intel Core i3/i5 / 2.8 GHz Athlon II/Phenom II
  • RAM: At least 4 GB
  • GRAPHICS CARD: nVidia GTX260 with 896 MB VRAM or better / ATI 5770 with 1GB VRAM or better
  • HARD DRIVE: At least 60 GB of free space
  • DIRECTX 11.0
  • OS: Windows 8 64bit (with KB971512 Update)
  • CPU: Intel Quad Core i5/i7 / AMD 6 Core
  • RAM: At least 8 GB
  • GRAPHICS CARD: nVidia GTX760 or better / AMD 290 or better
  • HARD DRIVE: At least 60 GB of free space
  • DIRECTX 11.0
If the beta ran fine on your computer, the full game should as well. The system requirements for the beta and launch build seem to be identical.

Hardline will debut on PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, and PS4 on March 17th in North America and on March 19th in Europe. Preloading for the Xbox One version has been available since late February. Xbox One owners with EA Access are able to play right now, in fact. EA hasn't announced any preloading details for the other platforms.

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