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Margin Makers: Guide to Battlefield Hardline merchandise

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The next entry in EA's military shooter series takes the action to a local level, pitting cops against criminals. MCV steals a glance at upcoming merchandise for Battlefield Hardline

EA's Battlefield franchise has seen multiple incarnations over the last 13 years, and is probably the closest competitor to Activision's giant Call of Duty franchise.

Starting out in 2002 as a PC-exclusive, multiplayer-only game set during World War II, inaugural release Battlefield 1942 soon expanded into modern-day combat with sequel Battlefield 2.

Light-hearted spin-off Battlefield: Bad Company brought the IP to PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2008, and introduced EA's renowned Frostbite engine, which allowed for destructible terrain and buildings. It was followed by a sequel in 2010, Bad Company 2, which has sold more than 12m units.

Battlefield 3 brought the main series to consoles one year later and Battlefield 4 arrived in 2013. Despite a launch troubled by technical problems, Battlefield 4 was the second-best-selling game in the UK during its debut week, behind Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.It was also named by research firm NPD as the second-best-selling game of November in the US, behind rival shooter Call of Duty: Ghosts. It has sold more than seven million copies so far.

This year's Battlefield Hardline marks a departure from series creator DICE, with Dead Space developer Visceral Games taking over. And it also sees the series move from military-based warfare to cops versus robbers inspired by police television shows.

It actually feels different and that's a reason to get this,” Steve Papoutsis, VP and GM of Visceral Games, told MCV.

What's cool about Battlefield and a lot of multiplayer games is they engage people for a really long time. People play them with their friends, it lasts a great length of time and it's really a community-building type of experience.”

Battlefield Hardline Beanie - Criminals

Stylised with the emblem of the Criminal team from the latest entry in the Battlefield series, this officially licensed beanie also features the bad guy's motto: ‘Hunt Together'. Gamers will look the part wearing this alongside a balaclava and a gym bag stuffed with stolen banknotes.

SRP: 12.99

Manufacturer: Gaya Entertainment

Distributor: Gaming Merchandise UK

Contact: hello@gamingmerchandiseuk.com

Battlefield Hardline Official Game Guide

This paperback game guide will help players through both the single and multiplayer aspects of Visceral's cops versus robbers first-person shooter. The book includes multiplayer tips from professional gamers, ranging from advice on which weapons to utilise to which vehicle to take to the streets in. The physical edition also includes access to the mobile-friendly eGuide, which features digital content suitable for a second-screen experience while playing.

SRP: 9.99

Manufacturer: Prima Games

Distributor: Exertis

Contact: 01279 822 800

Battlefield HardlineMaxi Poster

This 61x91.5cm poster features the pistol-toting protagonist of EA's upcoming shooter, detective Nick Mendoza.

SRP: 3.99

Manufacturer: GB Eye

Distributor: GB Eye

Contact: uksales@gbeye.com

Battlefield HardlineShot Glasses

This set of four glasses is branded with the playable class symbols for Operator, Mechanic, Enforcer and Professional.

SRP: 12.99

Manufacturer: Gaya Entertainment

Distributor: Gaming Merchandise UK

Contact: hello@gamingmerchandiseuk.com

Battlefield Hardline Stamp Long Sleeve Tee

Stamped with the symbols of a shotgun, vehicle and an in-game character, this long sleeve shirt is ready for action.

SRP: 22.74

Manufacturer: Jinx

Distributor: Gaming Merchandise UK

Contact: hello@gamingmerchandiseuk.com

Battlefield HardlinePolice Mug

Virtual police officers could consider pairing this badge-branded mug with some donuts to tie-in with Hardline's cop show feel.

SRP: 9.99

Manufacturer: Gaya Entertainment

Distributor: Gaming Merchandise UK

Contact: hello@gamingmerchandiseuk.com

Battlefield HardlinePolice Cap

This cap features the slogan of Hardline's police force, ‘Service With Integrity', and has an adjustable Velcro-cotton headstrap.

SRP: 14.99

Manufacturer: Gaya Entertainment

Distributor: Gaming Merchandise UK

Contact: hello@gamingmerchandiseuk.com</

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