Battlefield Hardline – GM Confirms Visceral as Lead on Multiplayer and Single Player “With Collaboration From DICE”

Following some of the slight confusion surrounding the teams involved in Battlefield Hardline‘s production, Visceral general manager Steve Papoutsis confirms exactly who is developing what in EA’s recently unveiled Fall shooter.

Earlier reports suggested Battlefield 4 developer DICE was leading multiplayer production on Hardline, while Dead Space developer Visceral Games was pinned as the lead on the game’s single player experience.

As Patpoutsis has cleared up in a recent tweet, Visceral is, in fact, leading the development process for both Hardline’s multiplayer and single player, but not without some assistance from DICE and their expertise with the franchise.

This will be the first time that the entire multiplayer component of a shooter carrying the name “Battlefield” will not ship as the direct product of DICE’s work, though their influence will likely show. The news isn’t too surprising either, considering the amount of work DICE currently has cut out for them, including Star Wars: Battlefront and Mirror’s Edge 2.

Battlefield Hardline is scheduled to launch this Fall on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC with the first official details to come during EA’s media briefing on June 9 at E3 2014.

You can read up on some of the first leaked details of the Cops vs. Criminals-themed shooter right here.




  • dieger

    “but not without some assistance from DICE and their expertise with the franchise.” welp guess im waiting 5 months to pick this one up.

    • Darkthunder

      “DICE and their expertise” … You mean, their expertise of making quality Battlefield games (BF1942, BF2, BF2142 and possibly BFBC2), or their expertise of poor net coding, and general instability (BF3, BF4) ?

      • dieger

        im guessing the later

      • Tireseas

        Rose tinted glasses must be wonderful, because some of us remember quite well the flaws in every BF title to date. Particularly amusing are the BF2 kids who forget that the weapon balance kinda sucked and the period of time where to hit a moving target you had to aim BEHIND them by about 6 feet. That said, the papercuts are outweighed by the enjoyment when things are working.

        • Guest

          not true. BF2 no problems with weapons balance unless you count the frag spamming dolphin diving(patched) What BF was bad at doing is trying to balance Air vs ground combat. All the way up to BC2 Air was OP now its reversed.

        • James Mulhall

          Let’s not forget the horrible and overpowered grenades in 1942.. or even the horrible weapon balance in 1943.

    • Angelreborn96

      What you’re saying is just stupid. But whatever floats your boat! Buy it 5 months later when all the players are then try hards and really good at the game! Be sure not to rage when you’re not having fun getting killed so easily by players with good weapon set ups!! K bye

      • dieger

        Its not stupid being a smart buyer

        • tanile

          I agree that it is smart to wait a little while with EA published games these days; however, 5 months may be a bit long. If you do wait that long, the game will probably be working close to 100%, but I personally always find it very difficult to get in to multiplayer shooters late because I always get destroyed by people who are familiar with the game. I enjoy getting a new competitive multiplayer game within the first few weeks of it coming out so that I am not at a disadvantage. The decision is ultimately yours though. Just voicing an opinion.

          • http://www.twitch.tv/sillycrez SillyCrez

            you said “…the game will probably be working close to 100%”
            That is the critical problem i share with dieger, it’s sad that people are getting used to buy…euh sorry to PRE-ORDER “unfinished” games.

            • tanile

              He should most definitely not preorder the game. That wasn’t what I was saying. I was just thinking that if he was going to buy the game anyway, waiting six months might be a little long because newcomers at that stage in the games life cycle may not have as good of an experience with all of the players who have been playing the game for so long. I will personally wait a couple of weeks and check the reviews from as many websites as possible before considering buying the game. I will also watch gameplay videos on youtube to get an idea of what the game is like. If it isn’t broken and is getting good reviews, I will pick it up. I’m not going to wait 5 months if the game is fine or if the game just has some small problems that can be fixed quickly because I want to enjoy my experience online.

          • Primey_

            “If you do wait that long, the game will probably be working close to 100%”

            What? The game should be finished the moment it is released.

            • tanile

              I completely agree with you. I’m not saying I approve of the game being broken at launch. I am just saying that if dieger does want to eventually get the game, waiting six months might not be an enjoyable experience to newcomers. I hate that BF4 was released in the state that it was in.

        • Angelreborn96

          Watever

      • SamRock

        I bought BF4 after 4 months. Premium after 8 months.
        Not only thats was smart move, I also got a more stable and playable game, PLUS saved 40% only various EA discounts 😀

        • Angelreborn96

          I have fun playing a game I get on release date. Careless or not if the multiplayer has bugs, I can still play the single player day 1. You’re only talking about multiplayer saying u bought it when u got a more “stable and playable” game, I buy it for the single player and multiplayer, I have fun in either one DAY 1, money’s not an issue when you have a good job. So I don’t need to wait like some people

          • SamRock

            (Ahem)Well If BF was ever a SP game.. I would buy it on day -31 (pre-order). But BF was never a SP game. And past DICE records show that never buy a BF game on day 1!

            I have pre-ordered Single player games like Deus Ex, Thief, Dishonored, Hitman. And enjoyed them Day one. As for BF I would rather wait and watch!

      • Ben August

        Learning to play a game after everyone else has already mastered it, leads to a higher skill level, by that new player. Point being- if that player can learn to dominate with the craptastic initial guns- what do you think he’ll do with the high level guns/equipment? It won’t even be close.

  • MegaMan3k

    I imagine it’s like this
    Visceral: “So we want to make this high skill multiplayer with lots of recoil and require a lot of skill in gunplay.”
    DICE: “Nah, just make gunfights the results of a random process. The idiot consumers will call it ‘bad netcode’ and give us tons of free marketing!”

    • Soldier

      On the contrary, Visceral is a spin off of the garbage developer who made the most recent failure Medal of Honor game. These people are WORSE than DICE.

      • Just saying

        Do you mean that Visceral are Danger Close? I thought Danger Close is now DICE LA, right?

        • Aria68

          Who told you that ?! Only few key members of Danger close joined DICE LA, you made it sounds like the whole company renamed to DICE LA.

          • Just saying

            Ok but the way I see is “DC is DICE LA”

      • http://www.facebook.com/datkidfromawendaw Clay Johnson

        Visceral Games made Dead Space, Danger Close is the same team that’s always made Medal of Honor who are now DICE LA

      • Marcin Kubica

        You confused Danger Close with Visceral Games

      • https://www.facebook.com/pages/GODZ-Clan/222097414482241 dukezap1

        Visceral made Dead Space, not Medal of Honor, research before you open your hater mouth

      • TheGreaterGamer

        So no dev is perfect have some faith, Gearbox made duke nukem forever and colonial marines but also made borderlands and brothers in arms.

    • Aria68

      When you people will stop bitching ?! always bitching like fuckin old woman! netcode netcode netcode shut the fuck up already! don’t buy the game.

      • Alix

        You are so naive

      • DanDustEmOff

        What’s the matter Aria don’t like it when people bitch about the poor state of EA games huh. Funny how all you used to do was bitch about CoD games when it was ‘cool’ to beat up on CoD. You’re a fucking hypocrite, it’s you that needs to stfu.

        • Alvaro Munive

          But actually he got a point… just dont buy it.
          thats what ive done with bf4(also because they dont put my an94 u.u)

          • lukazo

            but how are we meant to know?

            if we were told the state bf4 was going to be in on release no one would of bothered, but they dont, they tell us how good the game is and runs, its a gamble.

            it shouldnt be down to buy it or not, it should be down to EA and dice pulling there greedy fingers out of there arse and actually make a good game that isnt a shit pile and a massive middle finger to there customers.

            • Alvaro Munive

              just wait a few months, thats what i do, 2 months of delay its enough to know if its ok.
              Thats the only way to deliver a “real complaint” to EA, its like saying “you wont get my money” until you give me a good game.

            • lukazo

              fair point dude.

          • DanDustEmOff

            Not really, anyone who bought the game has a genuine reason to complain. It’s important that dev’s know how disappointed people are with their product.

            CoD for example suffered with horrible net code since BO. The constant stream of complaints caused IW to sort their shit out and the main reason why Ghost’s had a much improved online connectivity.

            People telling Dice to sort their game out should lead to Dice delivering a better product.

            • Alvaro Munive

              well yeah but if a game its filled with glitchs and its kinda a bad game the best way to say that something its wrong with the game its not buying it

            • DanDustEmOff

              Absolutely, it doesn’t help the people who already have the game though.

            • Alvaro Munive

              Well thats what happens when you trust on EA hahaha

            • DanDustEmOff

              Well the beta ran fine with the exception of framerate drops in the mall on Shangai. So yes I did trust them because the beta was reasonably fine. The rest of the game was a complete disaster.

          • TheGreaterGamer

            And to those who paid upfront on launch like me? Are we to just sit quietly and blame ourselves for expecting a game to work in some condition at launch because thats is a stupid statement.

            • Alvaro Munive

              Never trust on EA

            • TheGreaterGamer

              It doesnt matter who made it. Its the pubs and devs responsibility to ensure that what they release meets a quality standard of playabilty, this trend of releasing games then patching them later has gotten out of hand. BF4s current state is unacceptable by all standards, its so bad investors have made lawsuits and bf4s sales dropped dramatically with many consumers demanding refunds. People shouldnt have to wait 2 to 3 months for a game to be in an acceptable state of playabilty especially when its still marketed as a full and COMPLETE game. when my soldier doesnt even render in the game there is a huge problem that both EA and Dice are responsible for and deserve to have such backlash until they prove themselves to fix their mess and never have it happen again.

        • kingwill4231

          BF4 with all its imperfections still blows away Cod Ghosts..

          • DanDustEmOff

            I wouldn’t install BF4 on to my PC again even if you paid me to. BF4 is or was in the worst state I have ever experienced in a fully released game ever. It caused several severe crashes, something that no CoD game has ever done.

        • TheGreaterGamer

          I remember when he thought bf4 was gonna be this amazing game that would destroy cod and instead it destroyed itself. How sad so much potential wasted.

      • shobert1113

        “Wah Wah Wah someone is making fun of my fap material and it just makes me sooo upset boo hoo hoo. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go to the latest COD article and bitch about it there. That is in no way a contradiction at all.”

      • TheGreaterGamer

        They bought this broken game and thats why they are “bitching.” They have the right to “bitch” about a product they paid for in my case 120 dollars. Whether or not it solves anything is up to Dice but seeing as were 9 months into release and its still in an unacceptable condition id say Dice doesnt care and just moved on to hardline, Which if thats the case is bull$hit.

  • Wiz

    Battlefield HL vs Call of Duty AW : Visceral vs Visceral! Competition is gonna be crazy this year.

    • http://encropowered.com/ encro

      Visceral Vs Sledgehammer did you mean?

      • tanile

        I think what Wiz is saying is that some of the people from Visceral who now work at Sledgehammer games will be competing with the rest of the team who stayed with Visceral. I might be mistaken, but i’m pretty sure some key developers from Visceral went to work for Sledgehammer. Not 100% sure though.

        • Primey_

          I think only Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey moved from Visceral to Sledgehammer games.

          • tanile

            Yeah, you are probably right. I wasn’t sure if anyone from Visceral moved to Sledgehammer, but either way, I think that’s what Wiz was saying.

          • Wiz

            Same thing that happened with IW. Two main devs left visceral and created sledgehammer games

  • Guest

    Dice is spreaded out too thin, must be a sweatshop

  • Jesse

    BF1942, BF2, BF2142 are still the only ones I consider True Battlefield Games. All of the ones that came after seem to be more like spinoffs than true successors.

    • Aria68

      BF4 is a true successor, in terms of everything.

      • Richie Tellez

        Terms of everything? If DICE really wants to make a good successful (not money wise) game. They got to stop adding stupid shit to BF. BF3 introduces suppression. Which is stupid for a fps game. “oh you suck at shoot? dont worry will give u 50xp just by shooting at the general direction, and make your oppenants bullets spread like crazy” BF4 has to much useless shit compared to BF3. Dont get me wrong, i loved the Battlefield franchise, but hate what its turning into. Eventually its going to be a laughing stock like the CoD franchises.

  • Marcin Kubica

    I only wish they delay if game won’t be ready.

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  • Alix

    Still not Battlefield

  • roland0811

    With so many people these days willing to paying full price for an unfinished/broken product (along with thinking it’s OK for said product to be that way) I’m sure the pre-orders will be through the roof.

    • marpla78

      well sadly that is probably true….not mine tho….i learned from my mistakes… :(

  • Primey_

    I hope DICE aren’t heavily involved.

  • Guest

    I’ll do the same that it do with other EA games, just wait a few months until y saw if its good or just a crappy game filled with glitches

  • Alvaro Munive

    I’ll do the same that i do with any EA game, just wait a few months until I saw if its a good game or just another crappy-filled with glitches game.

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  • Mike

    Okay I would just like to say I love the franchise Battlefield and I liked every title up until BF4 but I’m going to pass on this one. I love experimentation but sometimes in games its not a good thing.

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  • Majora

    I’ll be willing to swallow the EA semen load if they give away Hardline for free to anyone who preordered BF4 or Premium because as it sits I’ve played 40 hours of BF4 and hate the fuck out of it and I’m no longer a Battlefield fan. BF3 I have 1k hours so yeah, something got fucked up big time.

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