When Battlefield Hardline launches, veterans of previous Battlefield games will be at a slight advantage. EA is giving a few rewards to these returning players.
Any Origin user who owns a registered copy of Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Battlefield 3 or Battlefield 4 will be eligible to receive the Veteran's Pack. The fine print at Battlefield.com says that the offer applies to any new purchases of Hardline through Origin or "participating retailers." They haven't revealed which retailers are participating yet, unfortunately.
The Veteran's Pack comes with two XP boosts. Once gives you 200% more XP for Objectives while the other gives you 200% more for Teamplay. Each lasts for 30 minutes after you activate it. Teamplay presumably includes cooperative acts like repairing, assisting or healing teammates. While these specific bonuses won't be as powerful as the overall XP boosters from Battlefield 4, they should give long-time Battlefield players a significant jump on early leveling.
Players normally receive Boosts through Battlepacks, awarded at certain milestones like hitting new ranks. Battlepacks' contents are randomized and can also include cosmetic items or weapon attachments. In the beta, though, boosts were pretty common so you'll have a steady amount of them even if you're not a veteran. If you buy Battlefield Hardline Premium, you'll periodically get bonus packs as well.
The last item is the Veteran's Patch. Patches, the equivalent of dog tags from previous games, allow you to customize your cop or criminal character. Here's a look at the Veteran's Patch:
"Redeeming is a cinch: if you own any of the three aforementioned games on any platform and have an Origin account, the Veteran’s Pack will be available automatically the first time you login to Battlefield Hardline," EA said. "Should you register Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Battlefield 3, or Battlefield 4 after Battlefield Hardline, you’ll also get the Veteran’s Pack – simply log in to Battlefield Hardline again and it’ll be there."
Battlefield: Hardline's open beta wrapped up last week. By the end of the test, over seven million players had tried it out. That should be an encouraging sign to EA, who have spend the past 8 months or so trying to win over skeptical Battlefield fans who believed the game would be glorified DLC. We'll see how many of those players turn into paying customers when the official release rolls around.
Hardline will launch on March 17th in North America and on March 19th in Europe for PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One and PC. The Veteran's Pack offer, though, will be available until December 31st.