Battlefield Hardline

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Battlefield Hardline
Battlefield Hardline cover
Developers
Visceral Games
Multiplayer DICE
EA Canada[1]
DICE Los Angeles[1]
Criterion Games[2]
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Engines
Frostbite 3
Release dates
Windows March 17, 2015
Reception
Metacritic 71
OpenCritic 72
IGDB 73
Taxonomy
Monetization DLC
Microtransactions Loot box
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, FPS
Vehicles Automobile
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary, North America
Series Battlefield
Battlefield Hardline on HowLongToBeat
Battlefield Hardline on IGDB
Battlefield Hardline guide on StrategyWiki
Battlefield Hardline on MobyGames
Battlefield Hardline on Wikipedia
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Warnings

Mantle graphics API option requires an AMD video card with a driver version earlier than Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.5.1.[3]

General information

Community Forum
EA Answers HQ

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Origin
Windows
Amazon.co.uk
Origin
Windows
Origin
Origin
Included with EA Play.
Windows
Steam
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Origin
Ultimate Edition. Included with EA Play (Steam).
Windows
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Origin
Windows
Green Man Gaming (unavailable)
Origin
Windows
Humble Store (unavailable)
Origin
Windows
All versions require Origin and Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM.[4]

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Premium Included with EA Play.
Windows
Betrayal Included with EA Play.
Windows
Criminal Activity Included with EA Play.
Windows
Getaway Included with EA Play.
Windows
Robbery Included with EA Play.
Windows

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BFH\settings\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1238880/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BFH\settings\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1238880/pfx/[Note 1]
meta.xml, PROFSAVE_OriginID and PROFSAVE_OriginID_header are the save files.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Origin
OneDrive
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
[5]
Ultra-widescreen
[5] The Campaign has pillarboxing in cutscenes that can cut off on-screen text. It can be removed with this mod.[6]
4K Ultra HD
[7]
Field of view (FOV)
Up to 120°, multiplayer only. For singleplayer try this Cheat Engine table.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Can cause BFH.EXE in task manager but no gamewindow to happen.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Low to High Post AA, up to 4x MSAA, and resolution scale for SSAA. MSAA can be enhanced with TrSSAA on Nvidia systems; requires setting Antialiasing - Behavior Flags to none with Nvidia Profile Inspector and value must equal MSAA value (thus 8x is not available).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Gameplay capped at 200 FPS.
200 FPS cap can be removed with console command GameTime.MaxVariableFPS 0. Some cutscenes, including interactive cutscenes,[8] are capped and interpolated at 30 FPS, and there's no way to unlock it.[9]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.
Color blind mode
Deuteranopia, tritanopia, protanopia. Multiplayer only.[10] Determines team colors.[11]

Input[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.

Audio[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 5.1
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Traditional Chinese
Czech
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Region locked to Polish alone for copies bought in Poland. Changing language to any other language is impossible. This applies to Humble purchases (and possible other stores) as well well.[12]
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish

Network[edit]

Servers use PunkBuster and Fairfight anti-cheat protection.[13][14]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
64

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Accessed through Battlelog's Quick Match feature.
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
Self-hosting
Direct IP

Issues fixed[edit]

BFH.exe in task manager but no game window[edit]

Delete settings folder
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\BFH\
  2. Delete the Settings subfolder.
Enabling Borderless fullscreen windowed can case this to happen.

Language error[edit]

If you played the game before using a subscription (Origin access/EA Play) you may get the error message: "The Origin account currently logged in does not have access to the installed language for this game. Please uninstall and install the game in an allowed language or log in with a different account and restart your game session".
Remove different game version from the Origin game library
  1. Go to Origin game library
  2. Click filter in the upper right corner
  3. Check hidden games
  4. If a different version of Hardline appears, try to remove it from the library (right-click on it)
  5. If it didn't help repair the game

Changing the language[edit]

There is no option to change the language once the game is installed
  1. Move the game folder
  2. Install the game using a different language
  3. After Origin starts downloading move the game folder back and restart Origin
  4. Origin will only download the missing language pack
You can then change between languages using Registry Editor
  1. Open Regedit
  2. Go to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\EA Games\BFH
  3. Change Locale value to your preferred language (for example cs_CZ for Czech, en_US for English - check in the game folder at GDFBinary_en_US_64.dll file)

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Battlefield Hardline.
vorpX
2D
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.Note: Game is on the official list but has not been confirmed to be 3D with vorpx yet.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Mantle support
Requires an AMD video card with a driver version earlier than 19.5.1 (2019).[3]
Shader Model support 5
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Interface Qt
Anti-cheat PunkBuster [15][16]

Mantle for GCN GPU[edit]

Manually change value in file[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open PROFSAVE_profile.
  3. Search MantleEnabled
  4. Change value to 1

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3/i5 2.4 GHz
AMD Athlon II/Phenom II 2.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 60 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon HD 5770
Nvidia GeForce GTX 260
896 MB (Nvidia), 1 GB (ATI) of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Other Broadband Internet connection
A 64-bit operating system is required.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/1238880/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1238880) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Battlefield: Hardline (2015) Windows credits - MobyGames - last accessed on 2018-12-30
  2. We asked a player with 800 hours of Battlefield experience to review Hardline. This is what he had to say - Financial Post
  3. 3.0 3.1 AMD - Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.5.1 Highlights - last accessed on 2019-05-15
    "Support for AMD Mantle API Technology has been discontinued starting with Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.5.1. Users who wish to continue to use AMD Mantle API Technology may do so with prior supported Radeon Software releases."
  4. "The PC version of this Software uses Origin Online Activation and Sony DADC Austria AG’s Denuvo content protection technology". Battlefield Hardline EULA.
  5. 5.0 5.1 View topic - Battlefield Hardline 21:9 (Closed Beta) | WSGF
  6. Verified by User:Hman360 on 2022-01-05
    Verified on 32:9 monitor, pillarboxing cuts off some text during cutscenes.
  7. Battlefield: Hardline PC Beta | 4k - 3840X2160 | GTX 980 & i7 4790k - YouTube
  8. Verified by User:Mars icecream on 2016-12
    At least control camera can be controlled
  9. Cutscenes are locked at 30 FPS PC? : BF_Hardline
  10. Battlefield: Hardline | AbleGamers Community
  11. ► WTF Is... - Battlefield Hardline ? - YouTube
  12. Verified by User:Suicide machine on 2021-09-02
    This may not apply to Steam version.
  13. PunkBuster coming to Battlefield Hardline - Announcements - PBBans
  14. Faq | FairFight Server Side Anti Cheat & Middleware
  15. Even Balance, Inc. - PunkBuster Online Countermeasures
  16. Even Balance, Inc. - PunkBuster Online Countermeasures - last accessed on 2018-09-04
    "Fri Jan 16 2015 12:00
    Electronic Arts Inc. has contracted with Even Balance, Inc. to integrate PunkBuster™ Anti-Cheat software into Battlefield Hardline™.
    "