Battlefield Hardline Release: 7 Things to Know

The Battlefield Hardline release date is here, offering up the new Battlefield game to gamers who offered feedback that helped shape the final game through several betas. With Battlefield Hardline the game takes on a cops and robbers angle that delivers fun shoot outs and intense action.

After several betas there is no Battlefield Hardline demo right now, but Xbox One gamers can play for six hours without buying the game if they sign up for a special program from EA.


Battlefield Hardline is available on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 and PC for $59.99. There is a special Battlefield Hardline Deluxe Edition for $69.

Keep reading to learn what buyers need to know about the Battlefield Hardline release date and what they need to know about the Hardline release overall.

Battlefield Hardline Release Date

The Battlefield Hardline release date is finally here.

The Battlefield Hardline release date is finally here.


The Battlefield Hardline release date is Tuesday March 17th. There is still time to pre-order the game for release day delivery from most stores. You won’t have any problems walking into a store on Tuesday or that week and buying the game.


Unlike some games that come out early in stores there is no special Day Zero version of Battlefield Hardline so you need to wait until March 17th to buy the game.

Battlefield Hardline Deals

There aren’t a lot of Battlefield Hardline deals right now, but if you are a My Best Buy Rewards member you can pre-order the game and get a bonus $10 reward certificate. This stacks on top of Gamers Club Unlocked which can save those members an added $12 that pushes the savings to $22.

If you order the Xbox 360 or Xbox One Battlefield Hardline game from Microsoft online you can score a $10 Xbox gift card that you can use on a future purchase.

Midnight Battlefield Hardline Release

There is a midnight Battlefield Hardline release event at GameStop. Best Buy is not offering one, or at least not advertising on the Battlefield Hardline page if there is a plan to offer it.


GameStop offers a midnight Battlefield Hardline release event.

GameStop offers a midnight Battlefield Hardline release event.

One great thing about the GameStop midnight Battlefield Hardline release event is that it is at 12:01 AM on the East coast, and at the same time on the West coast. As soon as the clock hits 12:01 AM on March 17th Eastern, all GameStop locations will start selling Battlefield Hardline.

That means in California and other places the Battlefield Hardline release is at 9:01 PM on March 16th at GameStop.

Battlefield Hardline Changes from Beta

If you tried the Battlefield Hardline beta and didn’t like everything you saw you shouldn’t write the game off just yet. There are a lot of changes to the full Battlefield Hardline release. Here is a look at the biggest changes from the beta to the Battlefield Hardline release.



  • One hit kill range reduced for 870 and SPAS
  • Fire rate reduced for 870
  • More vertical recoil for 870
  • Recoil reduced for RO933
  • Damage reduced for Ro933
  • Vertical recoil added to M16A3 and M416
  • Increased P90 spread per shot
  • Improved Uzi un-aimed fire accuracy
  • Magnum Ammo OHK range reduced
  • Magnum Ammo vehicle damage reduced 50%


  • Moved G36C to Cops and M416 to criminals
  • Moved M/45 to cops and UMP to criminals


  • Rank progression slowed down by 50%
  • Repriced Battlepacks to cost more in-game cash
  • Weapon license increased to 1250 kill
  • Gold camo increased to 1000 kills


  • GPS spotting and jamming range for Hacker mode reduced
  • Overclock timing reduced for Hacker mode

These came from over 7 million players who tried the beta and some of the changes actually rolled out as part of a rapid update on the last day of the beta.


How to Play Battlefield Hardline Early

Play Battlefield Hardline early on Xbox One.

Play Battlefield Hardline early on Xbox One.

Xbox One users can subscribe to EA Access to play Battlefield Hardline early. This is live now and it is only available on the Xbox One. This only includes six hours of gameplay, and the service is a $5 monthly or $30 annual fee that gamers can cancel at any time.

After signing up users can download the Battlefield Hardline game to their hard drive to play. This is the full game and when users pop a disc in or buy the full version they will not need to install it again. More details about the Battlefield Hardline early access.

Battlefield Hardline Gameplay Videos

You can watch many Battlefield Hardline gameplay videos, but some of the best yet are from Westie, who shares a lot of great Battlefield Hardline action on YouTube. If you want to see what’s coming from Battlefield Hardline these are the videos to watch.

The playlist above includes a number of Battlefield Hardline gameplay videos worth watching.

Battlefield Hardline Pre-Load & Pre-Order

You can pre-order Battlefield Hardline on most platforms to pre-load the game so that you don’t need to download it at midnight.

Score a pre-order bonus and pre-load the Battlefield Hardline release.

Score a pre-order bonus and pre-load the Battlefield Hardline release.

If you wait until midnight to buy the Battlefield Hardline game digitally you will be waiting for a 45GB or similar size file to download. For many users this will take a while to complete.

When you pre-order the digital Battlefield Hardline release you can pre-load it so that you can start playing as soon as the clock hits 12:01AM Eastern on March 17th.