Battlefield Hardline has Gone Gold

Battlefield Hardline, the cops and robbers shooter from Visceral Games, has officially gone gold. For those that don’t understand the term, this means that the studio has finished the initial development. All that is left is to mass produce the game and send the discs to retailers.

The news comes to us by way of the official Battlefield Twitter account. The tweet announced the news accompanied by a picture of a guy holding a golden gun. The gun will undoubtedly be featured in the final game as an unlock.

Though we are still a few weeks out from the release date, a staggering 7 million gamers were able to get their hands on a piece of the game thanks to the recent open beta. The beta followed another successful beta that had opened during the week of E3 last year. The first beta had been announced during the EA conference at the show.

Thanks to the input of both betas, Visceral has learned a lot about how to balance the game. Some of these changes include adding more recoil to some assault rifles and making the starter guns more “user friendly.”

“Remember that we’re always listening and that we welcome constructive dialogue about the gameplay,” lead multiplayer designer Thad Sesser said in a post on the Battlefield blog. “At the same time we want to make sure that our collective vision for Hardline gets a chance to be expressed.”

“Going gold” marks a milestone in the development of any game. With Hardline being an online heavy game, Visceral will continue to develop the game. They will make background tweaks and add major changes by way of patches. After all, DICE in continuing to support Battlefield 4 after releasing the game in 2013.

Battlefield Hardline will release on March 17 for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 4, Playstation 3, and PC. The game was originally set to launch in October 2014, but Electronic Arts pushed the release date back to add “more innovation.” As with previous entries in the franchise, expect a Premium service to be announced before the launch of the game.