EA have officially announced the open beta of upcoming cops-and-robbers first-person shooter title Battlefield: Hardline, as well as a number of features that will be included in the beta for players to try out.

Starting from February 3rd, and continuing on until February 8th, players will be able to take part in the open beta on PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360.

The open beta of Battlefield: Hardline will introduce players to three maps that will be available in the main game when it's released mid-March, as well as three game modes for players to choose on – as well as a fourth mode that lets players take a more surveillance-orientated play style during matches.

The open beta will let you try out three different multiplayer maps and modes. First off, Hotwire mode brings high-speed chases to the Battlefield, as the criminals attempt to steal a list of marked cars while the cops try to repossess them. Available on two maps in the beta, Downtown and Dust Bowl, success in Hotwire will require excellent teamwork and precision driving.

The desert town of Dust Bowl known for its drug trafficking problems will also be playable on Conquest, the fan favorite Battlefield mode, which takes the battle up to 64 players. Finally, there's the Bank Job map where you'll get to try out Heist mode. The criminals are trying to break into a bank vault, but the cops are doing their best to stop them. Which side of the law will you ride with?

On top of all this, one player on each side can help out their team through Hacker mode. Similar to Commander in Battlefield 4, Hacker mode takes surveillance to the next level as the Hackers can take control over security cameras, spot enemies and specify areas on the Battlefield for their team to attack or defend. Hacker mode will be playable on all modes in the beta.

Battlefield: Hardline is set to be released on Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Playstation 4 and PC on March 17th (if you're in the US), or on March 19th (if you're in the EU). Until then, you can find out more about what's involved in the Battlefield: Hardline open beta, as well as getting answers to questions you might have, by taking a look at the announcement and FAQ over at the main Battlefield: Hardline news page, and checking out the open beta trailer below.