Battlefield Hardline has been delayed to early 2015, EA has announced.

The game will now launch between January 1 and March 31, 2015, having previously been due to go on sale on October 24.

"Back at E3, we launched a beta for Hardline - we wanted to not only show you the game, but to let you play it for yourselves. Millions of you jumped in and had a great time," explained DICE VP Karl Magnus Troedsson on the Battlefield Blog. "As a result, the Visceral Games team learned a lot from players about what they wanted in the game. We've been pouring over the data and feedback, and have already been putting a lot of it right into the game and sharing it directly with you.

"This feedback also spurred us to start thinking about other possibilities and ways we could push Hardline innovation further and make the game even better. The more we thought about these ideas, the more we knew we had to get them into the game you will all be playing. However, there was only one problem. We would need more time. Time that we didn't have if we decided to move forward with launching in just a couple of months."

The extra time, Troedsson says, will let Visceral "evolve the cops and criminals fantasy into a truly unique Battlefield Multiplayer experience", polish the single-player mode, and improve stability.

"I'm really happy EA is giving us the time to make this as great as it can be," added creative director Ian Milham.