Battlefield Hardline plays cops and robbers on October 21

The next chapter in the Battlefield series will be a little bit different. Instead of assuming the roles of warring soldiers, players will step into the shoes of cops and criminals. Here's the official reveal trailer:

Although brief, the trailer definitely has a Bad Boys vibe. Too bad they didn't use the right soundtrack.

Battlefield Hardline is being developed by DICE along with Visceral Games, which created the Dead Space series. It's due out on October 21 for the PC and consoles, and there's more footage making the rounds. Another video leaked last week, though it's apparently six months old and was never intended for public consumption. This one shows a lot more of Hardline in action, back when it was called "Omaha." My apologies for the low resolution.

According to the leaked video, Hardline will have a variety of gameplay modes, including a couple centered around vehicular action. Visceral is apparently handling the single-player campaign, which is designed to play like a television crime drama. The enemy A.I. has been reworked from the ground up, the narrator says, and there's an investigation mode that reminds me a little of the Batman: Arkham series. Let's hope the single-player campaign is more engaging than it's been in previous Battlefield titles.

Military-based first-person shooters are a dime a dozen these days, so it's nice to see the Battlefield folks branching off in a different direction. The trailers remind me a little of Counter-Strike and its spiritual successor, Tactical Intervention, and I think that's a good thing.

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