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Battlefield Hardline Delayed into 2015, Dragon Age Until November

Electronic Arts shuffling some of its biggest releases in the next six months ahead of the fall madness.

Battlefield Hardline is now coming in early 2015, while Dragon Age: Inquisition has moved to November 18.

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DICE VP Karl Magnus Troedsson published a surprisingly lengthy blog explaining the delay, citing feedback from the recent beta for the Visceral Games-developed spin-off. The studio also outlined what it hopes to address with the additional development time:

"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."

It's unclear when Battlefield Hardline will actually be released, but prior to the end of March is a good bet.

Dragon Age executive producer Mark Darrah was much less specific in talking about today's other delay, sticking to the tried-and-true explanation that even a few weeks will help with additional polish. Dragon Age: Inquisition had been set for release on October 7, which means it's not a particularly substantial change.

"I’m privileged to be a part of a team that has been working very hard to surpass every measure they’ve set for themselves. That has meant completing huge amounts of game content, fixing bugs both big and small, and improving the overall experience. This last bit of time is about polishing the experience we want you to see. Ensuring that our open spaces are as engaging as possible. Strengthening the emotional impact of the Hero's choices. And ensuring the experience you get is the best it can be in the platform you choose to play on."

To be honest, I'm not particularly upset there's one less game to play in October. It's already packed!

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Posted By seakae

Alright, then. Make Payday 2 with Frostbite, and I will be pleased.

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Posted By Splodge

@splodge said:

I wonder i we might get surprised by Hardline. I completely understand the criticisms (namely that is feels more like a mod than a full price title), but it was a real beta. Not a fake beta just to drive up sales. They are actively using it to iron out bugs, get proper feedback, and improve the end product. That is encouraging.

@razielcuts said:

More like Drag-in-on (an) Age, amirite?

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He's got some true snap back action going on right there.

It's kind of mesmerizing. Thumps up. Thumbs up. Thumps up. Thumbs upThumps up. Thumbs upThumps up. Thumbs upThumps up. Thumbs upThumps up. Thumbs up

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Posted By Schlorgan

@j23: I think the plan was to have Battlefront be the Battlefield game for next year.

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Posted By Wemibelle

@monkfishesq said:

And nothing of value was lost.

Pretty much. DA: I may turn out to be amazing, but it still won't be what I want from a DA game. In fact, it sounds to be even less of what I want from a DA game. And is anyone really bummed out about Battlefield: Hardline after the mess that was Battlefield 4?

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Posted By EndlessRagdoll

@knigge said:

Alright, then. Make Payday 2 with Frostbite, and I will be pleased.

This would be a fucking great game.

And CYNICAL CONSPIRACY THEORY OF THE DAY...

What if EA is pushing it back in attempt to make people forget it's just a mod for $60?

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Posted By falserelic

@splodge said:

@falserelic said:

@splodge said:

I wonder i we might get surprised by Hardline. I completely understand the criticisms (namely that is feels more like a mod than a full price title), but it was a real beta. Not a fake beta just to drive up sales. They are actively using it to iron out bugs, get proper feedback, and improve the end product. That is encouraging.

@razielcuts said:

More like Drag-in-on (an) Age, amirite?

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He's got some true snapback action going on right there.

It's kind of mesmerizing. Thumps up. Thumbs up. Thumps up. Thumbs upThumps up. Thumbs upThumps up. Thumbs upThumps up. Thumbs upThumps up. Thumbs up

I'll thumbs that up with a smile...

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Maybe bumblebee

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Posted By Solh0und

Good that Dragon Age got delayed. Sounds like I'll finally have a game to play during November.

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Posted By cAnDyMaN69666

Awesom, gives me more time to play Shadow of Mordor and either cry tears or be joyful at alien isolation. And Hardline I'm fine with waiting. Still haven't fully healed from my shitty ps4 time with bf4. Still sad that Visceral isn't making a new ip but oh well

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Posted By flameboy84

I'm super bumped about Dragon Age was going to be my main game for this years Extra Life....

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Posted By ArbitraryWater

Dragon Age getting delayed doesn't really worry me. That game needs as much polish as it can get, though I have the sinking suspicion it won't be the game I want it to be either way...

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Posted By korwin

@oldirtybearon said:

@efesell said:

@oldirtybearon said:

@smcn: Yeaahh but... Mass 3 was delayed and I want to say Dragon Age 2 was delayed as well. I'm not saying that DA3 will be bad, but considering BioWare's recent track record I have to say that delays from them is starting to become a bad omen.

I can't remember if it was delayed but Dragon Age 2 was forced out in a year, and even with it's obvious problems I think they managed pretty well for that sort of crunch.

I thought ME3 turned out great so I guess nothing to add there.

Oh dude don't misunderstand; I am completely empathetic to BioWare's position in regards to DA2. Once it came to light how badly they got shafted, I came to appreciate just how much they could get done in 10 months. They managed to create a 30 hour RPG in a year. That's fucking insane.

ME3 was great, but there were clearly chunks of stuff missing. It took almost a year of DLC to get it to the point where it felt whole. I'm really hoping that EA hasn't hobbled BioWare this time because, man, I really love that studio and the way they make games.

Was that actually the amount of time they had for DA 2? That explains a lot.

Inor Zur (composer) actually talked about that games development rushed cycle after it came out. The language EA immediately started internally using after the buy out was an enormous red flag ("capitalizing on the success of Origins" I believe), especially when they were shouting from the roof tops that they had learned their lesson and this time it would be different.

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Posted By VonSoot

Ugh. Was looking forward to Dragon Age 3. Hardline can just be cancelled for all I care, after the debacle of purchasing Battlefield 4 PC at launch and living through that hell...

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Edited By meteora3255

EA: See guys Battlefield totally isn't an annual franchise.

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Posted By l4wd0g

Something had to move in October. I'm surprised it was Dragon Age, I thought that game had enough gravitas to hold its own in sales.

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Posted By DarkbeatDK

For me, Hardline was higher on my list than Dragon Age, for the fact that Visceral was working on it. There's a trend of FPS games with interesting campaigns at the moment and I'm curious to see what Visceral can do.

As for Dragon Age, I didn't enjoy the previous ones very much and so far it seems like EA has spend more time talking about who you can fuck, rather than the stuff they can do in battle.

For as much as I like video games (and songs) about fuckin', I'd be more interested to see if they are legitimalnly sincere about making a good fantasy RPG, rather than another fundraiser for the next Mass Effect game.

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Posted By Mr_Creeper
@turboman said:

Good for Dragon Age, they get out of the death slot that is October 2014.

Until every other game coming out in October gets pushed into 2015.

2014: The Year of 2015

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Posted By rachelepithet

Great. Look forward to Battlefield 4: GOTY Hey it Works Edition October 2014, Hardline March 2015, and Battlefield 5 October 2015.

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Posted By Thiefsie

@turboman said:

Good for Dragon Age, they get out of the death slot that is October 2014.

Until every other game coming out in October gets pushed into 2015.

2014: The Year of 2015

Isn't 2014 already the year of the remake?

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Edited By RichardNixon

I really, really, really, really, really hope that Visceral can find something interesting to with that multiplayer.

The objectives need to be more than just a pile of money because for the amount of gear that the criminals throw at trying to knock over a couple armoured cars, there's no way to make a profit. I'm not saying that any game is forced to portray life as it is but the scale of conflict I saw in the beta in no way relates to any heist I've ever heard of. Instead of making Heat: The Video Game, they've thrown a thin coat of crime paint on Battlefield.

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Edited By viking_funeral

I keep forget that Dragon Age 3 is coming out. As someone who put 200+ hours into the original (according to Steam), that should say something.

Give it another month, sure. Couldn't hurt.

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Posted By AthleticShark

I expect many more games shown at E3 to be delayed

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Edited By FriendlyPhoenix

Of all the days for EA to drop Dragon Age on, it had to be the day Far Cry 4 comes out. My 'one game at a time' mentality is going to break me.

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Posted By radioactivez0r

I was kinda looking forward to whatever day it was in October that had like 3 major games slotted for release.

And hey guys, they aren't annualizing Battlefield after all!

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Posted By Mr_Creeper
@thiefsie said:

@mr_creeper said:
@turboman said:

Good for Dragon Age, they get out of the death slot that is October 2014.

Until every other game coming out in October gets pushed into 2015.

2014: The Year of 2015

Isn't 2014 already the year of the remake?

I thought that was every year...

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Posted By mrbubbles

I'm glad they delayed DA to November. Now I can buy both that and alien: isolation

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Posted By jouhn

Jesus. What releases do we have in 2014 now?

2015 is sure to be a great year for games, but does that mean 2016 won't? I wonder, now that "next gen" is here, if games are going to take much longer to develop games to fit the hardware.

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Edited By portman

Don't care. Battlefield is dead to me; not just because BF4 has been a joke up to now, but also because BF3 and 4 just don't bring me any joy at all. If Dice announce another Bad Company game I will have a look, but never again will I get another game of theirs at launch. http://catmarioonline.net/

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Posted By aceofspudz

Breaking: No games to be released in 2014.

"Let's just call this one a mulligan." say industry leaders.

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Posted By spilledmilkfactory

This makes me think that Battlefield Hardline might not be total junk, which is cool. And honestly, Evolve is probably gonna take up a lot of my multiplayer time this year anyway. I think it's great news.

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Posted By Jensonb

The cynic in me thinks Hardline was actually delayed to avoid it getting eviscerated by Activision's 2-hit combo of Destiny-Call of Duty.

EA is in real bad shape lately. It seems bizarrely like the next generation caught them by surprise. Nothing's ready. And of the few things that are or were, there are delays (Here) technical meltdowns (BF4) and skipped instalments (Need for Speed taking a year out, giving Ubisoft an open goal to get in the fight).

Even Sim City (2013) and The Sims 4 are messes with missing existing features and over-engineered trivial additions, crapped out early with vague promises of improvements to come.

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Posted By Flap_jackson

I honestly can't tell if Patrick is being sarcastic with this article or not. If he is, hilarious. If he's not, then he's being a mouthpiece for the games industry: There's nothing wrong with the games industry this year! There's totally cool games coming out this year! Not everything is being delayed until 2015! We still have Call of Duty! Right? Guys? Guys? Where is everybody going?!?

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Posted By altairre

God fucking dammit. I don't have a lot of time in November. I mean it's good that they're willing to push it to give it extra polish but still. God fucking dammit.

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Posted By Corvak

There are two parts of fall 2015. Before Beyond Earth when I play new releases, and after when they gather dust as I have more pressing concerns, usually involving the conquest of alien worlds.

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Posted By Corevi

I honestly can't tell if Patrick is being sarcastic with this article or not. If he is, hilarious. If he's not, then he's being a mouthpiece for the games industry: There's nothing wrong with the games industry this year! There's totally cool games coming out this year! Not everything is being delayed until 2015! We still have Call of Duty! Right? Guys? Guys? Where is everybody going?!?

October is actually kind of packed.

Smash Bros for 3DS, Skylanders 4 Jeff, Alien Isolation, Driveclub, Shadow of Mordor, Borderlands 1.5, The Evil Within, Evolve, Fantasia, Civ: Alpha Centauri, Assassin's Creed Unity, Sunset Overdrive, Bayonetta 2 and a myriad of sports games.

Most people will only be interested in 3 or 4 of those games but that's enough.

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Posted By J23

@j23: I think the plan was to have Battlefront be the Battlefield game for next year.

Yeah, and Hardline was the Battlefield game for this year. But who's going to care about Hardline with Battlefront on the horizon next year? Unless they really re-tool the game into something more fun, I can't see it really taking off like Battlefront (probably) will.

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Posted By civid

Not to be a cynical asshat (I lie, ofcourse), but these bulletpoints just reads like

1. People thought this was a mod, so we have to flesh the game out

2. People thought this was a mod so we thought having a decent SP-campaign might be a good idea

3. Oh god Battlefield 4, oh fuck, oh fuck, oh fuck

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Posted By Bob_Mitt

Only Fanboys hate this game, this game is going to be awesome.

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Edited By MrRampagingRobot

Sucks but if you wanna make a great game, you're gonna need time. *cough*arkham knight*cough

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Posted By gutterkisser

As a Battlefield fan, I can't see additional development time increasing my desire to play Hardline. It just doesn't seem like a very well conceived premise from the ground up.

That said, total props for them for identifying that a delay is necessary, rather than the 'beat CoD out the gate at all costs' mentality.

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Posted By GunsAreDrawn

@j23: I don't think we'll be seeing Battlefront until 2017 because they showed what they had at E3 and that wasn't much at all. It looked like they are just in the planning phase since they were just showing concepts and generations of rough ideas.

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