Today, EA announced that Battlefield Hardline will be delayed until early 2015. This news comes out a month after the Battlefield Hardline beta was showcased during E3. Visceral Games and DICE took the data and talked to the community about what would make Battlefield Hardline a better experience for Battlefield fans.
Karl Magnus Troedsson of Dice VP & Group GM had the following to say about the delay:
“This feedback also spurred us to start thinking about other possibilities and ways we could push Hardline innovation further and make the game even better. The more we thought about these ideas, the more we knew we had to get them into the game you will all be playing. However, there was only one problem. We would need more time. Time that we didn’t have if we decided to move forward with launching in just a couple of months.”
Troedsson also listed three things that caused the delay of Battlefield Hardline, Multiplayer Innovation, Single Player Story Depth, and Stability. Stability will be one of DICE’s and Visceral Games’ most important tasks at hand.
Battlefield Hardline was originally going to be released on October 21st, 2014 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.
Battlefield Hardline isn’t the only game to be delayed by EA. The other one is Dragon Age: Inquisition, which you can read all about here.
This might be the smartest thing EA has done in a long while. There is a risk though. While we might think that they are delaying the game to improve it we don’t know until it’s released to see if the delay was needed. I hope that Battlefield Hardline will not be a fuss to deal with like in Battlefield 4. I have a wait-and-see approach to this game. It doesn’t help that by delaying it to 2015, it has to deal with all the major games like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Batman: Arkham Knight, Persona 5, and possibly Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
Jesse Webster is a Senior Writer at MONG and he wants emancipation from being awake. You can find him on Twitter.