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Battlefield Hardline leak suggests a cops-and-robbers game

Samit Sarkar (he/him) is Polygon’s deputy managing editor. He has more than 15 years of experience covering video games, movies, television, and technology.

Battlefield Hardline is the next Battlefield game, and it appears to be a class-based cops-and-robbers experience, according to images of the purported title that were leaked from the series' website.

The leak began with the discovery on the Better Battlelog forums of an initialism for a Battlefield game, "BFH," listed for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The forum poster also discovered four soldier classes: Enforcer, Mechanic, Operator and Professional.

Soon afterward, web developer Koen Vlaswinkel obtained the logo above from the Battlelog website, seemingly confirming the game's title as Battlefield Hardline, and posted it on his personal site. Vlaswinkel and the Battlefield Daily Twitter account also posted artwork and icons that mention the two sides in the game, SWAT and Thieves, and modes such as Blood Money and Heist.

Images of in-game weapons, accessories, vehicle unlocks and badges appear to corroborate the report of a cops-and-robbers game. A riot shield and taser, along with handcuffs, a sack of money and multiple police vehicles, are featured in the icons.

In addition, Vlaswinkel discovered an image of the word "visceral," which suggests that Battlefield Hardline is in development at Dead Space studio Visceral Games. Earlier this year, Polygon reported that Visceral was working on a police-themed Battlefield title code-named "Battlefield Havana."

The most recent entry in the Battlefield franchise is Battlefield 4, which launched last fall on consoles and PC. Publisher Electronic Arts is set to reveal six new games during its E3 2014 press briefing, which begins at 3 p.m. ET on June 9.

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