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Battlefield Hardline launch trailer's explosive, new-gen resolutions less so

I know what you're thinking: will EA and Visceral release the launch trailer for Battlefield Hardline (opens in new tab) seven days before the actual launch, or eight? Well, you've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Then you've gotta scroll down and see that it was eight. Huh... seemed a bit more exciting in Dirty Harry.

The trailer mixes scenes from Hardline's rough-and-tumble-cops-versus-criminal-syndicate single-player campaign with the multiplayer mode. Here's a tip for telling them apart: if you see a bunch of balaclava-wearing goofballs on ziplines carrying comically overstuffed bags full of cash, I'm 95 percent sure that's the multiplayer.

Visceral also confirmed on Twitter (opens in new tab) that neither of Hardline's new-gen versions will natively run at 1080p resolution. PS4 gets closer with 900p, and Xbox One sticks to good old 720p. Kind of a shame if you were planning to play it on a big screen, but hopefully that means the frame rate - one of the most important technical aspects of a high-speed shooter - will remain fast and stable.

Battlefield Hardline will release on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on March 17 in North America and March 20 in the UK. Be sure to check back for our review next week.

I got a BA in journalism from Central Michigan University - though the best education I received there was from CM Life, its student-run newspaper. Long before that, I started pursuing my degree in video games by bugging my older brother to let me play Zelda on the Super Nintendo. I've previously been a news intern for GameSpot, a news writer for CVG, and now I'm a staff writer here at GamesRadar.