Clear your schedules, folks. According to EA, the Battlefield Hardline open multiplayer beta is set to kick off on February 3.
The beta will available worldwide on PCs and consoles, and it will run until February 8. EA says there's no need to register beforehand, and PC users will be able to pre-load on Origin starting on February 2 at 10 AM, Pacific Time. The beta will apparently weigh in at 10-11GB, so the early pre-load should leave plenty of time even for folks with slow connections.
The video above offers an action-packed preview of what's in store. The writeup below, taken from EA's announcement, adds a little more color:
The open beta will let you try out three different multiplayer maps and modes. First off, Hotwire mode brings high-speed chases to the Battlefield, as the criminals attempt to steal a list of marked cars while the cops try to repossess them. Available on two maps in the beta, Downtown and Dust Bowl, success in Hotwire will require excellent teamwork and precision driving.
The desert town of Dust Bowl known for its drug trafficking problems will also be playable on Conquest, the fan favorite Battlefield mode, which takes the battle up to 64 players. Finally, there's the Bank Job map where you'll get to try out Heist mode. The criminals are trying to break into a bank vault, but the cops are doing their best to stop them. Which side of the law will you ride with?
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On top of all this, one player on each side can help out their team through Hacker mode. Similar to Commander in Battlefield 4, Hacker mode takes surveillance to the next level as the Hackers can take control over security cameras, spot enemies and specify areas on the Battlefield for their team to attack or defend. Hacker mode will be playable on all modes in the beta.
According to EA, the PC version of the game will allow 64 players to fight it out in the Conquest mode. The Hotwire and Heist modes will be capped to 32 players.
Oh, and folks who join the beta will apparently get a Hardline dog tag in Battlefield 4. Because why cross-promote games yourself when your customers can do it for you? (Thanks to Rock, Paper, Shotgun for the link.)