After getting organised in Battlefield Hardline: Criminal Activity, the top gangs are drawing up plans, stockpiling gear, and risking it all to pull off the boldest, craziest heists ever in Battlefield Hardline: Robbery, the second expansion pack for Battlefield Hardline. Battlefield Hardline: Robbery will be available for Early Access for Battlefield Hardline Premium members on September 16th. It will be released for everyone else on September 30th.
The theme of this pack is the Big Score: how to steal it, or how to stop it. The new maps and game mode in Battlefield Hardline: Robbery are designed to let criminal teams plan and execute the perfect heist; or, for law enforcement, to get the crooks in cuffs before they can pull it off. Whether it’s boosting jewels, double-crossing an international smuggling ring, or extracting a high-value piece of intel from a precinct locker room, teams on both sides of the law will have to pull together to make (or break) these epic heists.
Here’s what’s included in Battlefield Hardline: Robbery…
- Four expansive maps: The Docks, Break Pointe, Museum, and Precinct 7
- New 5v5 game mode: Squad Heist
- 4 new weapons
- 2 new gadgets
- 2 new factional vehicles and new vehicle upgrades
- New camos and vehicle paints
- The Legendary Super Feature
New Game Mode – Squad Heist
Built as an homage to Squad Rush in Battlefield 4, this mode combines the combat of Battlefield with the intimate fantasy of a classic heist. The mode has three distinct stages:
- Criminals take a Drill, break into Vault 1, and grab the Loot from the vault.
- Criminals take a Drill, break into Vault 2, and grab the Loot from the vault.
- Criminals run to an escape location, call a helicopter, and get the loot to safety.
This will all be themed to the map. You might have to take the Glass Cutter (Drill) and steal the Blue Diamond (Loot) from the Display Case (Vault) but the basic idea stays the same. At each stage, criminals get 25 deploy tickets. If those tickets are all lost, the cops win the match.
New Map – Museum
The night guards are surprisingly absent at the Turing Natural History Museum. Were they tipped off? Bribed? Regardless of why they disappeared, the Turing’s legendary Blue Diamond is sitting unprotected – a tantalizing target for daring jewel thieves. How will they break in and make off with this priceless artifact? Have their ranks been infiltrated and their plan uncovered by the police The answers to these questions will be revealed in Museum, one of four new maps featured in Battlefield Hardline: Robbery.
Museum is the first 100% indoors map for Battlefield Hardline. The various wings and floors of the Turing Natural History Museum make this setting a perfect infantry map (make sure to equip your shotgun and riot shield!) Among the exhibits are a collection of Egyptian relics, a planetarium with a suspended model of the solar system, and the requisite ensemble of Tyrannosaurus, Brontosaurus, and Utah Raptor skeletons. As should be expected, micro-destruction reigns supreme in this map, as do any gadgets that can take advantage of close quarters and tight hallways.
One of the goals of Museum was to give Battlefield Hardline players an ideal map to experiment with the new 5v5 game mode, Squad Heist. With multiple ways to pull off the Blue Diamond heist (and subsequent escape to safety), this map is the perfect playground to sharpen your tactical skills. In playtests at Visceral, the Rescue and Hostage game modes have also been exceptionally popular on this map.
New Map – The Docks
The air blanketing the Oakland Port is heavy and damp with midnight fog. Dock workers and crewman have clocked out for the night, and cargo-laden super freighters from all over the world are tied securely to their berths. But for the biggest ship in port, the Nebuchadnezzar, being tied securely is no measure of safety. A motivated gang of thieves is looking to score a bounty by stealing the ship’s manifest, and disrupt the Nebuchadnezzar’s alleged smuggling of illicit goods. The cops are lying in wait, hoping to catch the crooks in the act, but whose side are they really on?
The sprawling Oakland Port and a multi-story cargo ship are your criminal playground in The Docks. This night map offers a generous mix of open outdoor space and claustrophobic interiors. Scale to great heights and snipe from atop a crane, or hijack a scout helicopter and rain down justice from above. Makeshift towers of cargo crates give infantry plenty of places to hide, but beware – they can be toppled and reduced to a twisted mess of metal and debris with one carefully placed bullet. New pathways are created each time a container falls, which will keep both factions on their toes as they attempt to make (or break) the big score aboard the Nebuchadnezzar.
In Squad Heist mode, the action takes place entirely within this cavernous ship – but this map supports all modes, including traditional Heist and Hotwire, so expect plenty of fast-paced action.
New Map – Break Pointe
Break Pointe is a driver’s paradise. Situated on a stretch of highway along the scenic California coast, this enormous daytime map features a ton of terrain to drive on, over, under, and through. In addition to the pristine roads, there are rivers, gulleys, and canyons for a little off-road exploration. Drivers can also burn rubber through dusty homes, across pristine backyards, and around (and in) a chic hotel and industrial substation.
The focal point of the map is Big Eddie’s restaurant, a functional 4-star establishment fronting a class-5 felony drug smuggling operation. The restaurant has a ton of places from where an enterprising thief can launch a sneak attack, including a dank sewer drain that leads to a secret entrance in Big Eddie’s cavernous wine cellar.
With its emphasis on driving, it’s no surprise that Break Pointe is an absolute blast in Hotwire mode, but its variety of terrain and getaway options makes Blood Money mode a really popular choice with the Visceral team. This map supports all of Battlefield Hardline’s game modes, including Squad Heist, the tactical new mode that’s available in Robbery.
New Map – Precinct 7
Precinct 7 is Hardline’s first snow map, and the largest map in the Robbery expansion pack. The “down-but-not-out” Detroit setting will transport players to a scrappy neighborhood filled with homes, stores, warehouses, and (of course), the neighborhood police station. The station represents a hard lesson in good urban planning and fiscal responsibility; having recently been closed, it is a prime target for enterprising thieves.
It features two floors, a labyrinthine basement, and a bevy of ways to break in and infiltrate the most important room of all: the evidence locker. Criminals may decide to target nearby substations to knock out power and lights to the Precinct; alternatively, the weather-weakened roof of a nearby warehouse could provide a gadget-loving operator with a new approach.
With its massive size and excellent assortment of vehicles, Precinct 7 is a great map on which to play Hotwire. But the map, and police station specifically, were especially tailored for Robbery’s newest game mode, Squad Heist.
CS GAS Launcher
The CS GAS Launcher is for cop and criminal Operators, and has the ability to launch CS Gas as a projectile. This gas has the same effect as the gas grenade, but with the launcher, it can be shot further (and it takes up a Gadget slot, instead of a Grenade slot). Its primary use is to suppress an area full of enemies – it causes double damage and blurred vision to any one not wearing a gas mask or in a vehicle that can prevent the affect.
Vehicle Passenger Healing
It’s a classic heist movie scene – you jump in a car and look at your allies, riddled with bullets. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just… heal ’em? This Operator passive ability lets you do just that. It’s similar to a First Aid Pack, but only for passengers in a vehicle with the Operator. This is great for any vehicle-focused modes, especially Hotwire.
New Assault Rifle
A new Assault Rifle with a sci-fi look is showing up for the criminal’s Operator class. This new bullpup rifle is great at medium range and fires a classic NATO round that is 5.56mm x 45mm, providing great accuracy and damage.
A cutting edge Assault Rifle just landed in the arsenal of the cop’s Operator class. This rifle fires a 7.62mm x 39mm round that will stop any criminal is their tracks. It has a good amount of recoil, but the stopping power makes up for it.
Another New Assault Rifle
This classic Assault Rifle for the criminal Operator class fires a 7.62mm x 39mm cartridge – this give it a lot of recoil, so the rate for fire has been slowed. However, this bad boy has a fifty round drum mag, which provides a sizeable amount of lead the criminals can put down range.
This deadly projectile uses the grenade slot on the user’s kit, but it’s a good trade-off. The Throwing Knife can eliminate an enemy quickly and quietly. This balanced blade has limited range, but has deadly results. It’s a one-hit-kill, no matter where it lands, so try sneaking up and getting close to your target before letting it fly.
Faction Pickup Truck
For when you absolutely, positively need to drive off-road, these new Pickup Trucks in Robbery will give you the horsepower to do just that. Each faction gets its own, from the rough and tumble criminal model (complete with a roll cage) to the more traditional cop version (decked out with the flashing lights you’d expect from a police vehicle).
Getting from point A to point B has never been more convenient, especially if point B is the top of a building. The Scout Helicopter may not have any guns, but the doors are more than large enough to let your buddies hang outside with their own weapons and rain down hell from above.
Legendary Super Feature
Want to become truly legen – wait for it – dary? Soon you’ll be able to. The Legendary Super Feature gives you the opportunity to become one of the truly elite Battlefield Hardline players. Show off how bad-ass you are, and how committed you are to the Battlefield Hardline multiplayer mode – only those willing to put in the effort will receive the rewards of becoming Legendary (keep in mind that you must be a Battlefield Hardline Premium member when Battlefield Hardline: Robbery releases to access this Super Feature).
On becoming Legendary, you’ll reset progress on all of your unlocks, including weapons, gadgets, and attachments – even those earned from Battlepacks. However, some items remain untouched such as earned vanity items like emblems, patches, camos, unopened Battlepacks, and weapons received from pre-order bonuses and shortcut kits. In return, you will get a way to show off your epic status on your Killcard, as well as the scoreboard that displays during the match or at the end of each round. In the interest of fair play (not everyone is able to commit to the same amount of play time), Legendary’s benefits are mostly cosmetic, but there’s no better way to show that you’re a Battlefield Hardline expert.
There are 15 levels of Legendary to earn with potentially hundreds of hours of playtime to get them all. To help you out with your in-game cash earning potential, you’ll receive a slight boost to all cash earned in your Legendary ranks, meaning that each new rank gets you slightly more cash (but not much).