Starting this October, EA Access subscribers will gain complete access to Battlefield Hardline.
Spotted early this morning on Reddit, Battlefield Hardline will be coming to EA Access sometime in October. Later in the day, EA Access’ Twitter account confirmed the leaked image below to be genuine and said to expect the game in the coming weeks.
Hardline launched in March of this year to somewhat lukewarm reviews. While the gameplay that made core Battlefield games was intact, Hardline felt a lot more like Bad Company 2‘s Vietnam expansion than it did a full retail game. Despite those issues, EA said in May that they were “very happy” with the game’s sales.
What you may not know about Hardline is that it wasn’t developed by DICE, the core franchise developer, but rather Visceral Games. Although this was Visual’s first first-person-shooter, the team is well known for masterminding the Dead Space series and the cult classic Dante’s Inferno.
If you’re an Xbox owner that’s been living under a rock for the past year, EA Access is an exclusive program to the Xbox One. For $5 a month or $30 a year, players gain unlimited access to 13 (now 14) games such as Titanfall, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Battlefield 4 as well as a myriad of sports titles. In addition to those games, subscribers get full 6-10 hour trials of new EA games a week before they launch. While new games don’t launch directly into the Vault, you have the ability to buy EA games at launch for a 10% discount. In short, this is arguably the best subscription program for gaming currently out there.
Do you have EA Access? If so, do you plan on downloading Hardline when it’s free for subscribers next month? Feel free to share your thoughts with me in the comments below or on Twitter!