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Dragon Age Inquisition, Battlefield Hardline Delayed

Karl Magnus Troedsson, General Manager of Battlefield developer DICE, posted a long blog on the Battlefield forums explaining why the Visceral Games team has decided to push the Battlefield Hardline launch window back into 2015. Essentially they want extra time to spit-polish the game, and to implement some ideas stemming from all the feedback they received during E3 2014.

“The more we thought about these ideas, the more we knew we had to get them into the game you will all be playing,” he wrote. “However, there was only one problem. We would need more time. Time that we didn’t have if we decided to move forward with launching in just a couple of months.”

The extra time means adding new feature ideas that come straight from the community that will “evolve the cops and criminals fantasy into a truly unique Battlefield Multiplayer experience.” The extra time will also enable a deeper “crime revenge” story in single-player campaign, and more polishing on core features. Stability will also benefit from added time.

“This has been a focus for our team since day one and we’re going to be using the extra time to continue to optimize the game for a stable launch” Troedsson wrote. “We have learned a lot from Battlefield 4, are continuing to learn from our Community Test Environment and will learn more from another Hardline beta. More time allows us to surface issues that the team can attempt to fix prior to launch.”

Meanwhile, Executive Producer Mark Darrah broke some depressing news to Dragon Age fans, reporting that Dragon Age: Inquisition will not be ready for purchase until November 18, 2014 here in North America and November 21 in Europe. Previously the game was slated for an October 7 release.

“We appreciate the enormous support we’ve received from all of you to get to this point, and while this extra few weeks may not seem like a lot, I know the game you’ll play will be all the better for it,” Darrah writes.

“I’m privileged to be a part of a team that has been working very hard to surpass every measure they’ve set for themselves,” he adds. “That has meant completing huge amounts of game content, fixing bugs both big and small, and improving the overall experience. This last bit of time is about polishing the experience we want you to see. Ensuring that our open spaces are as engaging as possible. Strengthening the emotional impact of the Hero's choices. And ensuring the experience you get is the best it can be in the platform you choose to play on.”

To read the full announcement, head here.

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  • slyu9213
    Free upgrade to Deluxe Edition on Pre-Orders? For the extra month of waiting? The release date is the same as Far Cry 4 so one will not get my purchase until a price drop.
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  • johnathanl
    So essentially EA learned people will get angry if they release a game that didn't work.
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  • Heironious
    I already pre ordered digital deluxe edition months ago AND booked time off from work October 6the -14th for Dragon Ago....FFFFAAAARRRRKKKK!!
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  • brandonjclark
    I uninstalled Origin three months ago.
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  • Neilbob
    With Divinity: Original Sin now in my life, I no longer care.
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  • tomfreak
    I am cheapskate, will wait ultimate edition(or GOTY) instead.
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  • So essentially EA learned people will get angry if they release a game that didn't work.

    Perhaps people will learn to be cautious instead of putting it all on EA. Begs the question. If people don't like that they release unfinished games, why do they blindly hand over money to them?
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  • HarryPearce
    1. They said exactly the same thing about BF3 ("We delay to make it better!")
    2. Still the same goddamn game as BF4
    3. Arent there some DLCs yet to be released for BF4?
    4. "omg BF so different from COD"
    5. FU EA, i got bf4 and premium for 50$ buying it from mexican market. GG i win
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  • mackneasy
    Glad to see them wanting to improve BF: Hardline, but I have little hope for DA: Inquisition. It's going to be a fantastic game for sure but I'll wait for the GOTY because EA is a money whore, and the DLC will be tearing me a new one if I buy in.
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  • Diego Hernandez
    i hope that BF: hardline get better but bathefield 4 was a deception for me, the grafics ONLINE of BT4 are so bad, i dont know but bathefield 3 was the best game that i can play, BF4 worser than BF3 EA STOLED ME MY MONEY WITH THIS GAME :(
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