The Point Blank-style undercover cop shooter had been delayed to 2015 earlier this year by EA after feedback from the game’s Summer beta unearthed various problems. Following Battlefield 4‘s trouble-ridden launch, EA found it pertinent to refine their newest entrant, leading to a next-year delay.
The publisher has affirmed its commitment to making sure Hardline is as smooth-running as possible when it launches.
As for the game’s campaign story, DICE”s Vincent Vukovic summarizes the events with the following:
“In a crime drama filled single player story, Miami is embroiled in a drug war and officer Nick Mendoza has just made detective.
“Alongside his partner, veteran detective Khai Minh Dao, he follows the drug supply chain from the streets to the source. In a series of increasingly off-the-books cases the two detectives come to realize that power and corruption can affect both sides of the law.”
It remains to be seen whether or not EA and DICE can pull off yet another Battlefield splinter in Battlefield: Hardline like they did with Battlefield: Bad Company. They are still planning to continue with the Battlefield franchise with Battlefield 5, even though many people are fairly disappointed with how the game was released in an incredibly buggy manner, so much so that the game was almost unplayable. The reality of the Battlefield franchise is that it used to be the strongest franchise that DICE had under their belt, but it seems as though they’ve tarnished the brand with the Battlefield 4 release debacle. It remains to be seen if Battlefield: Hardline can alleviate some of these concerns of gamers and make them want to come back to the Battlefield franchise. If their current delay is any indication, they clearly want to make sure the game is mostly bug free when it comes out next year.