With several of its blockbuster titles not due until next year, EA's non-sports lineup for the rest of 2014 consisted of the ambitious Dragon Age: Inquisition and the unexpected yet thrilling Battlefield Hardline. Sadly, instead of taking a risk and pushing forward with these titles' pre-established release dates, the publisher has opted to take a, ahem, hardline – and push both back.
Over on BioWare's official website for its open world dragon slaying title, Mark Darrah – the executive producer behind Inquisition – stated today that the role-playing game has been moved to 18th November in North America and 21st November in Europe, which is about a six-week delay. However, he affirmed that this will be well worth it in the end by polishing up the overall experience and eliminating bugs, making sure "that our open spaces are as engaging as possible".
But Visceral is taking an even further leap into the future with Hardline, which Battlefield boss Karl Magnus Troedsson also announced today by confirming that it will launch in early 2015 on PlayStation's console platforms. After the fiasco that was Battlefield 4, this is an understandable decision that was made primarily due to the feedback received from the game's beta which took place during E3 2014.
"[It] spurred us to start thinking about other possibilities and ways that we could push Hardline innovation further and make the game even better," Troedsson said. "The more that we thought about these ideas, the more that we knew that we had to get them into the game that you will all be playing. We want Battlefield Hardline to be the best game that it can be, and [to] create the best environment for a smooth launch for our players."
What do you think about these setbacks for EA's biggest hits? Are you disappointed by this sudden move, or more comforted by the fact that these anticipated titles will get more TLC? Raid the comments section below and let us know.