Battlefield Hardline dev responds to “expansion” criticism

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From feedback left by Zombiegamer readers, we are getting comments by gamers saying Battlefield Hardline seems like a Battlefield 4 expansion.

Criticism has been plentiful across the web, many claiming Hardline looks too much like Battlefield 4.

Visceral Games’ lead multiplayer designer, Thad Sesser, has now spoken out to PlaystationLifestyle in a video interview [as cited by Gamespot], detailing the differences between Hardline and Battlefield 4.

Sesser explains that Visceral has improved on, tweaked, and added to the Battlefield 4 formula. He says it will be a very different game.

The developing team is apparently focusing on making Hardline-specific improvements to the Frostbite 3 engine in order to better suit the “cops-and-robbers” themed game.

“We improved the vehicle physics and so on because, in a cops and criminal setting, vehicle collisions are way more important than in Battlefield,” Sesser explained.

“We’re making fundamental changes under the hood to some of these systems. In terms of the UI, we still want it to be recognizably Battlefield, but we’ve got some changes.”

Sesser says Hardline is also not recycling assets from Battlefield 4 – so we can expect brand new weapons, gadgets, vehicles, and other elements of game.

“We got a wide range of maps,” he added.

“We got a lot more weapons. We got a lot more cool gadgets. We got a lot more exciting stuff to show you in the upcoming weeks and months. We got a slew of new game modes.”

“I think you’ll understand where the value proposition is with this game,” he continued.

“There is a lot of new content. It’s not just a re-skin or a re-use of assets. We’ve got all new assets, we got a lot of stuff still coming in.”

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