Since May, as part of their Battlefield celebration, DICE has been giving away free Battlefield expansion packs for both Battlefield 4 and Battlefield Hardline. The newest Battlefield expansion pack, free for a limited time, seems to be Hardline’s Criminal Activity.
The free access to Criminal Activity makes it the 4th Battlefield expansion pack for Hardline that has now been given to players for free, provided they redeemed it on their accounts during the limited time window.
The Battlefield celebration started with EA and DICE giving away Hardline’s Robbery DLC in May which was followed next month by Getaway and Betrayal in July.
The free availability of Criminal Activity marks the end of paid Battlefield Hardline expansion packs which were part of the Premium pass or available for purchase separately. Besides these 4, there is another expansion pack, Blackout, which was given for free to every player upon its availability last year.
Criminal Activity is currently only available to download from the Xbox Store for Gold members and there is no word on the availability date for the PS4 and PC version of the DLC.
However, since the Xbox version is here, the others shouldn’t be far behind and might be available for free starting next week, even for those who don’t have the Gold membership.
Criminal Activity added four new maps to the game as is always the case with these expansion packs as well as a new Bounty Hunter game mode.
Battlefield 4’s Navel Strike expansion pack also went free recently making it the fourth free expansion pack as well, preceded by Second Assault, Dragon’s Teeth and Final Stand. The 5th expansion, China Rising might be going free late next month.
Hopefully DICE follows the same trend with Battlefield 1 and within a year of release so that the community doesn’t stay divided for long. Peter Moore recently talked about the more competitive nature of Battlefield 1 and to ensure that stays, the community needs to stick together instead of being divided by paid DLCs.