Beta footage of Electronic Arts Inc.'s (NASDAQ:EA) upcoming cops vs. robbers game “Battlefield Hardline” appeared on YouTube Monday, but the publisher quickly blocked it on copyright grounds, adding validity to the footage.
The 10-minute clip showed a player flying a helicopter, engaging in gunplay and using a variety of weapons. The clip can still be viewed on Vimeo.
EA announced last week that “Battlefield Hardline” will be unveiled next week in Los Angeles at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, commonly known as E3. The title is expected to be available this fall for the PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox 360.
The Redwood City, California company had the YouTube footage removed after a user leaked some clues on the Better Battlelog forum, showing details about the game, code-named "Battlefield Havana." The user also uncovered four soldier classes: Enforcer, Mechanic, Operator and Professional.
Shortly after, Web developer Koen Vlaswinkel found the “Hardline” logo from the Battlelog website, as well as the word “visceral” in the data files, which hinted that the “Dead Space” developer is working on the upcoming game.
Visceral Games, the EA Games Label studio that produced the award-winning "Dead Space" franchise, has confirmed its involvement with "Hardline" and said the title is set to launch this fall. "On behalf of everyone at EA and Visceral Games, I’m fired up to confirm our next project, ''Battlefield Hardline,'" Visceral's Vice President and General Manager Steve Papoutsis said in a blog post on May 27. "The game launches this fall, and it’s a brand-new series in the 'Battlefield' franchise, set against the backdrop of a genre we all love: the war on crime and the battle between cops and criminals.
"There’s been a lot of buzz today about 'Battlefield Hardline.' We’re getting ready for E3 and fans found some details on our website about what we’re working on for the show. We’ve been reading all of your comments and we’re excited to be going into more detail soon on the ways we’re adding new twists and turns to the foundation of Battlefield multiplayer and more about how we’re bringing our strengths at Visceral to single player," Papoutsis added.
More information about "Battlefield Hardline" will be unveiled next week at E3, which we'll be covering from June 10-12. What do you want us to ask EA? Leave a comment below or tweet me.