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Battlefield: Hardline Beta Feedback Has Proven Invaluable

This is why developers hold beta tests.

The Battlefield: Hardline beta is over, and now it's time for Visceral Games to tell us what they changed based on the results of that test.

As lead multiplayer designer Thad Sasser posted at the official Battlefield blog, gamers were instrumental in bringing about a hefty set of additions and improvements. He created the "Community's Most Wanted" list, which you can view through the link.

What you see there isn't everything they plan to change, but beta players should be pleased with what they see. They're tackling complaints about the movement feeling "sluggish" (which has resulted in 10 percent faster speed), for instance, and they've got data to bolster the Survivalist gadget, the Suppression issue, and provide fans with more "special vehicles." Obviously, they don't want a repeat of the disastrous Battlefield 4 launch, but there's no way of knowing if those servers will be ready...

They're taking the appropriate steps to avoid a repeat of history, though, and that's commendable. Remember, a beta isn't just a chance for you to play a game early; it's critical for the development team. You're a subject, not a consumer just yet.

Related Game(s): Battlefield: Hardline

Tags: battlefield hardline, battlefield hardline beta, hardline beta test

7/2/2014 9:24:05 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (7 posts)

WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, July 02, 2014 @ 11:01:09 PM
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Will Destiny get a beta? I'd like to see how it develops.

Got Wolfy today so I'm looking forward to the Doom beta :)

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Akuma07
Thursday, July 03, 2014 @ 1:12:39 AM

Huh?

You mean the Destiny Beta which has been announced for PS on the July 17? and has been discussed quite a lot on most media sites :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, July 03, 2014 @ 12:41:54 PM

That one will do :)

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cLoudou
Wednesday, July 02, 2014 @ 11:28:24 PM
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applied and got into the Beta but I never touched it oops. I provide the best feedback, not playing shows I have no interest...

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Akuma07
Thursday, July 03, 2014 @ 1:13:34 AM
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Well my feedback was, this game is crap and isn't very fun, feels like Battlefield 4 DLC.

I hope that they listened to that!

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Bio
Thursday, July 03, 2014 @ 1:34:14 PM
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No we won't get a finished product and no they won't take steps to avoid the problems with the Battlefied 4 launch. Companies like EA intentionally provide less server support than anticipated at launch because servers and server maintenance is expensive and they know that player population will drop dramatically within a month of launch regardless, so it's easier and cheaper to issue apologies than to have enough servers configured to handle the launch.

And people prove their business model works by continually buying their broken products. The only way you'll get a polished Battlefield game from EA that doesn't have horrible launch problems is if the next Battlefield is a massive flop and EA understands it is because people are tired of paying for broken shit.

Even then, though, they'd probably just write off the franchise, close DICE and go buy another studio.

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Akuma07
Thursday, July 03, 2014 @ 8:32:07 PM

Take your tin foil hat off and try to have fun.

Video games are meant to be a form of entertainment after all.

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