Our Rainbow Fix?
EA has made Battlefield: Hardline official, revealing that this year's Big Christmas Shooter is all about playing cops & robbers. SWAT teams will face off against hardened criminals in battles for money, hostages and narcotics, bringing Battlefield's trademark destruction into a new exciting arena with new gadgets and opportunities for teamwork.
New intelligence, a leaked internal concept video and other interesting tidbits have fallen into our lap, meaning that it's time to round up what we think we know about Battlefield: Bad Boys II.
I mean, Rainbow Six: Battlefield. Sorry, PayDay 3. I mean, Hardline. That's the one.
Visceral Games are no stranger to strong singleplayer campaigns (The Devil's Cartel notwithstanding!), and promise to bring some unique flair to Battlefield: Hardline.
Detective Nick Mendoza finds himself surrounded by crooked cops and a rogue's gallery of shady characters in a revenge story against his former partner -- somewhere between Bad Boys and Max Payne in terms of tone -- with each mission resemblings a serialised television show down to narration and cliffhangers. Expect high-octane shenanigans and a story that sits just on the gritty side of cheesy.
We all know that multiplayer is the beating heart of Battlefield - and Hardline appears to want to make its own identity with some new gametypes.
Heist mode challenges criminals to stage an elaborate bank job and escape with the loot, all while the police do their best to assault the perimeter and foil their escape. Destruction will play a major role here as SWAT teams breach through walls and generally make an enormous mess of things.
Rescue Mode sees SWAT teams execute tense hostage saving assaults as the criminals desperately fend them off. Forward planning, teamwork and clever gadgetry will pay dividends here.
Hotwire mode is potentially set to be our favourite of the lot. Car thieves desperately speed through massive maps while under heavy police assault. Somewhere between Twisted Metal and Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, frankly we can't wait to get involved with this one.
Finally, Blood Money throws cops and crims into a battle for a single massive pile of cash. It's set to be a take & hold battle royale, with potential to ambush players transferring cash back to their safehouses instead of focusing on the main objective.
We don't yet know whether traditional team deathmatch and assault modes will return. To be honest, we hope they don't, and that the netcode actually works rather than requiring months of embarrassing setbacks.
Gadgets & Vehicles
Naturally we'll have some new kit to play with, guns notwithstanding. Rainbow Six fans will be pleased to note that remote cameras and breaching charges will let us plan and execute destructive master plans, while both sides can set up zip lines and rappel points anywhere with a handy launcher. Whether you're camping or pulling off pincer manoeuvres, we like the idea immensely.
Mendoza will apparently use an incredibly contrived scanning device in singleplayer crime scenes too. We don't expect much in the way of real detective work.
Vehicle-wise, the leaked video outs beefy modified muscle cars, police cruisers, armoured SWAT trucks, speedboats, motorbikes and attack helicopters.
Finally, here's a working version of the video, which we're slightly reticent to host ourselves.
We'll find out more at E3 - and receive new shiny footage as opposed to this early alpha material. What do you make of Battlefield: Hardline? Let us know in the comments!