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6 Million Have Heisted And Hotwired In Battlefield Hardline Beta

by Mike Futter on Feb 09, 2015 at 01:56 AM

The second beta test for Battlefield Hardline comes to an end tonight, but EA and Visceral are already touting participation numbers. The duo have announced that over 6 million players have tried the game during this open testing period.

The beta began on February 3 and offers three maps and modes for players to try, along with a full progression system. Visceral’s Steve Papoutsis says that the Visceral team working on the game is already moving to implement changes.

“Now, I know what you’re asking yourself. We’re just five weeks away from the launch of Battlefield Hardline, how could we possibly be acting on that feedback?” he writes. “Well, I can assure you we are. In fact, we’ve already been prioritizing changes for things fans are talking about.”

Battlefield Hardline isn’t the only title recently to push a beta close to launch. Evolve, which is out tomorrow, ran its last testing phase after the game “went gold.” The result is a 3 GB day one patch that brings a number of tweaks and balancing (which you can read about in our previous coverage).

Battlefield Hardline will be out on March 17 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC.

[Source: EA]

 

Our Take
Battlefield Hardline needs to work and work well when it launches. I’m skeptical about betas that run so close to launch, especially on the heels of Battlefield 4’s significant problems (and the evidence that some of late-stage betas yield gargantuan patches). We’ll see if Visceral can accomplish what DICE couldn’t: a current-gen Battlefield game that we can play with confidence on the day it’s released.