A new video trailer on YouTube appears to have given users their first look at Battlefield Hardline, an upcoming follow-up to Battlefield 4 that’ll likely go head to head with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare for the hearts and wallets of gamers this coming fall and winter.
The video trailer in question, surfaced yesterday, providing users the best look yet at how video game developer Electronic Arts is hoping to take on the first-person shooting games of other companies soon. In the video users were able to see Battlefield Hardline players using vehicles and zip lines, wires that allow players to move quickly from position to position.
The trailer also indicated that users would be able to team up with their friends to achieve objectives in a system that would effectively, position some players as cops and others as criminals. According to Polygon a narrator in the video even went so far as to say that “there is a multiplayer mode” for any user’s play style.
While the heists and cops vs outlaws multiplayer elements sound an awfully lot like what Rockstar Games has done with Grand Theft Auto Online, Electronic Arts seems to have done something truly unique with the campaign portion of the game. Battlefield Hardline won’t feature a linear campaign in the traditional sense, that is to say that there won’t be a single player campaign with organized missions and a beginning, middle and end.
Instead, Battlefield Hardline will feature episodes that are designed to be played multiple times. Presumably, each episode will have its own unique objective that’ll entice users to play it again and again. Entire environments in the game will be destructible as well, adding a totally new dynamic to the first-person shooter genre. In fact, if there’s any real innovation here it’s those environments. First-person shooters have become more realistic looking and detailed, but even today almost all of their environments don’t take damage, breaking what’s supposed to be a life-like simulation.
As of right now, Electronic Arts has only confirmed that Battlefield Hardline is currently being developed by Visceral Games and EA Dice. It hasn’t said if users will see the title launch later this year, nor whether it’ll be available for just new consoles or all consoles in general. That’s important since it sounds like those fully destructible environments might require the cloud processing and graphics capabilities that only Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PS4 gaming consoles can provide. If it does require those consoles than Microsoft and Sony could see a serious update in the amount of users abandoning their older gaming hardware for the latest and greatest systems.
A listing along with some game details in the initial leak indicated that Battlefield Hardline would come to the Xbox One, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. That being said, users should wait to make any plans until after EA formally confirms which systems will see the game. Other details included in the Better Battlelog Forums leak about Battlefield Hardline indicate that users will need to choose between one of four classes with their own unique abilities and advantages: Enforcer, Mechanic, Operator and Professional.
EA did confirm that it’ll have more to share about Battlefield Hardline during its briefing at E3 2014.That means that the upcoming first-person shooter is one of the six games that the company said it would show off during that event. What the other games are remains a mystery. Users will be able to livestream Electronic Art’s June 9th press event online.
The Electronic Entertainment Expo formally kicks off a day later on June 10th and lasts until June 12th. Battlefield Hardline won’t be the only anticipated multiplayer first-person shooter shown at this year’s event. Activision revealed details about Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare earlier this month.
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