"It's something different and we're fired up about it"
Battlefield: Hardline's beta has come to an end, raising more questions than it answered. Is it too similar to Battlefield 4 to be worth buying? Should it be released and priced as DLC? Will you ever behold a more gloriously epic motorbike jump?
The jury is most definitely out, but we'll get another chance to sample Visceral and DICE's controversial collaboration later this year.
Visceral head honcho Steve Papoutsis took to the Battlefield Blog to confirm that another Beta is set to roll out in Autumn; on all release platforms, not just PC and PS4.
"In the months ahead we’ll be revealing more details about what we’re doing in multiplayer as well as what the team at Visceral is bringing to the singleplayer campaign," he explained, after thanking participants for their time and feedback. As many of you know from previous Visceral games, we have a unique way of telling our stories and engrossing players in our worlds, and Hardline will be no different. We are doing some cool new things in how we present the campaign, similar to what you see when watching episodes of your favorite TV shows. It’s something different and we’re fired up about it. Keep your eyes out for more on this next month."
"And, of course, there’s multiplayer, the staple of any Battlefield game," Papoutsis urged. "The Battlefield Hardline beta was just a small portion of what is in store. We have plenty of new modes in the game that really play off the cop and criminal theme, as well as the return of fan-favorites. The variety in maps is also something that Battlefield fans have never experienced before, from subterranean grow labs to the streets of Miami, complete with all the vibe and flavor that city has to offer."
In fairness, the current beta failed to show off the most unique features of the game, such as its hostage rescue and vehicular Hotwire gametypes, not to mention that singleplayer campaign. If Visceral Games can deliver a compelling and fun-packed solo outing to sink our teeth into, alongside some fresh new multiplayer modes that feel worlds away from Battlefield 4, paying top Dollar might not seem like such a big ask.
You'll be able to judge for yourself, though, thanks to a new beta slated for Autumn. "If you didn’t get a chance to play the Battlefield Hardline beta this time around don’t worry, we have your back as we’ll be launching another beta this fall on all announced platforms that will showcase more.
"Stay tuned to hear more later this year."
You'd better believe that we will - and will continue to report on the latest as we hear and preview it.
I'd warn you to not pre-order yet, but frankly, I don't think there's much danger of that happening for the time being.