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EA extends Battlefield Hardline beta by a week

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I said yesterday that EA hadn't announced an ending date for the Battlefield Hardline beta. Now it has, and it turns out players are getting a full week longer with the game than they'd originally been meant to.

The extension of the beta is good news for a couple of reasons. One, you get to keep playing for an extra week, and two, it means the game isn't such an irredeemable train wreck that it needs to be shut down now, before too many people see it. And because the beta switched from "closed" to "open" for PC players yesterday, there's still plenty of time to get in on the crime-fighting (or crime-doing) action.

For those of you who don't have a PC but are reading PC Gamer anyway for some reason, EA also confirmed that a full-on open beta for all platforms will take place in the fall, prior to the game's October 21 release. Signups for the current beta phase remain open at Battlefield.com; the curtain falls at noon PST on June 26.

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.