Visceral Games has detailed the new weapons and vehicles that will be added to Battlefield Hardline with the release of Criminal Activity.
“We are approaching each of four expansion packs in different ways as they are story-themed and the maps, mode, weapons and combat have to fit into that play style,” the developer explained. “With Battlefield Hardline: Criminal Activity, the theme is fast-paced, infantry combat as the cops and criminals are fighting for or preventing small time crime jobs. This also means weapons and attachments suited for close quarters.”
Criminal Activity will introduce four new maps?Backwoods, Code Blue, The Beat and Black Friday?two new vehicles, two ammunition types, a new gadget, and a nailgun that will appear on one of the maps as a pickup. As well as this, the DLC will also add a new game mode called Bounty Hunter, three new weapons, two attachments, and six new masks. You can read more about the new Bounty Hunter game mode here.
A full rundown of the new weapons and vehicles, straight from the developer, can be found below:
New Pump Action Bullpup Shotgun
This is a new weapon for the cops on the Enforcer class. This futuristic shotgun is using cutting edge technology to dispense justice to the criminals. It can hold 14 rounds of 2 ¾? 12 gauge buckshot. Clearing criminals out in Black Friday or on The Beat makes this shotgun is right at home. While sneaking up on those criminals you might want the option for more range. This shotgun can use slugs as well as the new Breaching Rounds. These options make this shotgun very versatile. If you want to stay and fight in close quarters the Breaching Rounds will be your friend.
New Battle Rifle
A new Battle Rifle is coming for the criminal faction on the Enforcer class with an iconic profile and look. The wooden furniture on this weapon gives it a classic look, but it has a modern and lethal function. It fires 7.62MM X 51MM rounds. This gives it amazing stopping power and range. This rifle is also very effective in mid-to-long range combat. It has a variety of options to choose from like AP Tracer Rounds, an upgraded stock, extended magazine, and more. While most effective at mid-to-long range, this rifle can still be very effective in close quarters if you can control the heavy recoil. Try switching to semi-auto mode with a mid-range scope and exploit the range of this rifle.
New Assault Rifle
How about a new Assault Rifle for the police faction of the Enforcer class, you say? This Assault Rifle has a unique look that is magnified by its keg style charging handle. The rate of fire is slower than some battle rifles, but that makes it easier to control. It also has less recoil then some of the other battle rifles. It fires 7.62MM X 51MM and makes it very effective at mid-to-long ranges. The cops will be stopping criminal activity from afar in Backwoods with the aid of this new weapon. The unique magazine gives this rifle twenty four rounds and a total capacity of twenty five rounds when a tactical reload is performed, giving it an advantage over the other battle rifles. The low rate of fire combined with the lower recoil makes this weapon a very controllable and deadly weapon.
AP Tracer Rounds
The Armor Piercing Tracer Rounds are available for Assault Rifles, Battle Rifles, and the designated marksman rifles. Cops and criminals both have access to these munitions. Armored Piercing rounds are capable of dealing greater damage to armored targets. They also have a highly visible tracer that helps the user track the round as well as making them more visible to the enemy. These rounds are very effective against body armor as well as increasing damage vs armored vehicles.
The Breaching Rounds are a short range explosive 12-guage round that is designed to open doors. These rounds can be used to safely open a door that has been sabotaged. They are also effective in close quarter combat. Whether you are a Cop or a Criminal you will be able to equip these rounds in your shotgun. The use has to manually switch to the breaching round. This allows for the use of standard buckshot when the breaching round is not in the weapons chamber.
There are times when a weapon has to be improvised. The Nail Gun is a great example of this. It doesn?t use conventional ammo or have any optics, but it can get the job done. It has a 10 nail capacity and has a total of 4 mags. Look for this Nail Gun scattered around the maps in Battlefield Hardline: Criminal Activity. This weapon fires nails with the aid of a .27 caliber cartridge. The Nail Gun is effective and deadly in close quarters. This weapon is capable of killing a foe with one shot to the head. It doesn?t make much noise so you won?t show up on the mini map when firing. With only a .27 caliber cartridge the nails don?t go far and fall fast. However when you get close you can put your enemy down quickly.
The Lowrider is a new sedan-class transport vehicle designed with mid-60s flair. Available for the criminal faction, it is fully customizable and comes outfitted with all the bells and whistles already acquired on the sports sedan. Cruise down the streets along with three passengers who can move up and sit against the door, making this ride an impressive combination of style and firepower.
The Pick-up Truck is a new civilian transport vehicle found in Backwoods. Designed originally as a work tool, the open cargo area of this heavy-duty passenger vehicle makes it ideal to carry your squad around the hazardous dirt roads. The enclosed cab seats two and the front passenger can move up and sit on the door to get a better attack angle. Two passengers can sit on the low sides of the truck bed and aim all around the vehicle. An additional passenger can crouch behind the tailgate and cover the rear of the vehicle against chasing foes making the Pick-up Truck deadly when full.
As well as everything mentioned above, Visceral will also be giving away a new submachine gun to all players for free. This weapon will not be part of Criminal Activity, but will be released at the same time via a new game update as a thank you to fans.
Criminal Activity is scheduled to arrive later this month, with Battlefield Hardline Premium members getting two weeks of early access.