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 Dead Space  studio takes  Battlefield  in a new direction
Dead Space studio takes Battlefield in a new direction
May 28, 2014 | By Mike Rose

May 28, 2014 | By Mike Rose
More: Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

One of Electronic Arts' big E3 reveals has been leaked a week early, forcing the company to show its hand. Battlefield Hardline is the next title in the Battlefield series, from the team behind the Dead Space franchise.

Steve Papoutsis, VP of Visceral Games, says that Hardline is the company's bid to take the Battlefield series in a different direction.

The game pits SWAT teams against bank robbers in multiplayer, while the single-player campaign takes inspiration from popular TV crime shows. The game is due to launch later this year, with more details to be shown at E3 next month.

The trailer leaked this morning -- since removed -- showed the game in action, albeit with the original codename Battlefield Omaha.

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Eric Geer
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I would have preferred a new game in the Dead Space realm maybe not directly in the line of Isaac Clark. But I will suffice with a BF-Cops and Robbers. Though I hope EA doesn't ring out all the originality of their developers games just to make more BF or BF like games. We already have BF4, will be getting Hardline, and then Star Wars Battlefront---all from EA. Not sure we need more of these types of shooters. Though I'm intrigued at that Visceral will be spending some more time in the Campaign realm...not just multiplayer.

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This looks to be quite a good effort from Visceral Games, using the Frostbite 3 engine from Battlefield 4 including its much vaunted "Levolution" moments, however I can't help but feel from looking at the one remaining video that there are an excess of particles and smoke to see what you are shooting at and that a 'less is more' approach would improve its aesthetics and playability. The grappling hook and ziplines look like fun, but I worry that given the flaky rushed launch of Battlefield 4 (and its numerous patches), that replacing the codename "OMAHA" with "Battlefield: Hardline" might not be the smartest move from a marketing perspective and that something that was free from this taint and given a Beta to prove its stability before it was nauseatingly hyped on no evidential basis would make EA more money in the long run.

I can see their reasoning in reusing an established brand name, but I feel that if that "Battlefield" brand has lost most of its shine, then they would do well to prove that a less rushed developer could make a faultless, balanced, game within the Frostbite 3 engine, before they attempted to market the inevitable Battlefield 5.

I expect EA looked at all the money Rockstar Games were making with GTA V and decided that they should make a heist game before they lose all foothold in this genre. I don't feel, like some, that this new game steals players from Payday 2, because I feel that is more about the cerebral planning phase and PvE as you plans start to slide, whereas this Cops & Robbers game is clearly PvP. Ultimately, I think there is room for more examples of this genre.