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Battlefield Hardline dev promises 'great stability at launch'

Visceral's new entry won't repeat launch woes of BF4

Battlefield Hardline developer Visceral Entertainment will not allow its game to suffer a repeat of the post-launch woes that plagued Battlefield 4.

That's according to lead multiplayer designer Thad Sasser, who has told PSLifestyle that players should "expect great stability at launch".

"A lot of our engineers are participating in the CTE (Community Test Environment), actively helping with the changes going on there," said Sasser.

"One of the great things about working on this franchise with DICE, is that we're able to take some of these improvements and roll them into the Hardline game. So expect to see great stability at launch, and anything we can do to improve the player experience, we're going to take that very seriously and try to get that into the game."

After suffering a disastrous launch, DICE was forced to suspend all DLC development for BF4 until it fixed a multitude of errors plaguing the shooter.

The 'Community Test Environment', announced via the official Battlefield 4 blog in May, reaches out to PC BF4 players who are interested in testing and providing feedback for potential updates as the firm continues its efforts to improve the title several months after its release.

EA CEO Andrew Wilson recently condemned the BF4 launch as unacceptable.

"For me, the situation we had was unacceptable," he said. "For the team it was unacceptable. We have worked tirelessly since then to make sure the gameplay experience got to where it absolutely should have been at launch and we're focused on that and we continue to deliver value to that player base."

Battlefield Hardline is scheduled for release on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on October 21 in North America, October 23 in Europe, and October 24 in the UK.

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