PC may be superior to consoles in many ways, but stable week one multiplayer launches aren’t exactly common on that platform. Numerous games have launched over the years with a rather broken online aspect that has necessitated the need for various patches and tweaks, much to the consternation of PC gamers who just want to go and murder their friends in a horrible manner in multiplayer matches. Battlefield 4 was a prime example of this. But developer Visceral wants to assure players that the launch of Battlefield: Hardline won’t be anywhere as catastrophic as that particular game.
“Stability has been one of the largest areas we’re focusing our attention at Visceral while developing Hardline. I think we can all agree that Battlefield 4’s stability at launch was less than stellar,” gameplay systems producer Mike Glosecki said in a new Battlefield blog post. “In order to address stability for our game at launch, we’ve had the game up and running in the multiplayer environment for the last two years with both the development and quality assurance teams playing in daily matches.”
We’ve run two betas for the game as well, one at E3 and the pre-launch beta which just completed on Feb 9th. Both of these have not only helped us solidify the stability of our servers, but have also provided great feedback for us to address in the game. As a side note, we are also making changes to Battlelog to include a new pop-up on how to activate the plugin in your browser since this was an issue for some of our players.
While it remains to be seen how the game runs on console, Glosecki reckons that the PC version will be the home for Hardline, as that system was “by far the best gaming platform around.”
“We’re doing what we can to take advantage of people’s different system with the graphics, framerate, controls, etc. We’re not just porting it over. Battlefield started on the PC with 1942 and we know we have a passionate fan base on this platform,” Glosecki said.
You can play at much higher resolutions, 1920×1080 and beyond up to the capabilities of your video card. You can also use much higher graphic settings on PC – which you gives you the best texture filtering, texture quality, and anti-aliasing in addition to other benefits. You can adjust your field of view or run higher than 60 FPS if you choose. You can even play with a three monitor setup for an immersive experience. Lastly, you get to use a mouse and keyboard which gives you the best control setup for a first person shooter.
The game has gone gold, although that means very little these days. I guess the proof will be in the pudding then when it releases on March 12. The very expensive pudding that costs several hundred Rands that is.
Last Updated: February 27, 2015