Battlefield: Hardline zou in de eerste instantie dit najaar moeten gaan verschijnen, maar DICE heeft nu laten weten dat de game is uitgesteld naar 2015. Gezamenlijk met de aankondiging van uitstel liet Karl Magnus Troedson van DICE ook gelijk weten waarom ze voor uitstel hebben gekozen.
Het is een lang verhaal, maar daarin legt Troedson tot in detail uit waarom het verstandiger is om de ontwikkelteams meer tijd te geven. Het komt uiteindelijk neer op het creëren van de beste ervaring voor de speler en omdat te realiseren hebben ze meer tijd nodig. En natuurlijk willen EA en DICE het Battlefield 4 fiasco voorkomen.
“Back at E3, we launched a beta for Hardline — we wanted to not only show you the game, but to let you play it for yourselves. Millions of you jumped in and had a great time. As a result, the Visceral Games team learned a lot from players about what they wanted in the game. We’ve been pouring over the data and feedback, and have already been putting a lot of it right into the game and sharing it directly with you.
This feedback also spurred us to start thinking about other possibilities and ways we could push Hardline innovation further and make the game even better. The more we thought about these ideas, the more we knew we had to get them into the game you will all be playing. However, there was only one problem. We would need more time. Time that we didn’t have if we decided to move forward with launching in just a couple of months.
We decided that the right thing to do was to take more time to ensure Hardline is the best, most innovative Battlefield experience we can give to you, our fans.
Here are a few of the things the new timing will allow us to accomplish:
1. Multiplayer Innovation: Coming out of our E3 beta, internal focus tests, and work with our community, we have received a lot of great Multiplayer thinking. We’re going to be adding some new feature ideas direct from the community that will evolve the cops and criminals fantasy into a truly unique Battlefield Multiplayer experience.
2. Single Player Story Depth: In order to ensure our Single Player experience delivers on player expectations, we’re spending more time polishing our core features, as well as adding a few new ones that will support a deeper “crime revenge” story experience.
3. Stability: This has been a focus for our team since day one and we’re going to be using the extra time to continue to optimize the game for a stable launch. We have learned a lot from Battlefield 4, are continuing to learn from our Community Test Environment and will learn more from another Hardline beta. More time allows us to surface issues that the team can attempt to fix prior to launch.
We are doing all of this for one reason. Because we want Battlefield Hardline to be the best game it can be, and so that we can create the best environment for a smooth launch for our players.”
Afsluitend liet DICE nog weten dat men in de tussentijd hard blijft werken aan Battlefield 4 wat betreft ondersteuning.