Good news for the few of you who are still boshing away at Battlefield Hardline, as the forthcoming January update will also include a new Competitive Match system for 5v5 battles.
In Competitive Match, play is organized into two to three week-long seasons; each season features a themed map/mode rotation created by Visceral. You can play solo or with a squad (console only), and you will be matched against players of similar skill. Do well, and your Skill Rating will go up. Do poorly, and… yeah, it’ll go down.
Your Skill Rating is recalculated after every match, and ranges from the lowly Cadet to the top-ranking Elite Gold Captain. Over time, skilled players will compete against the best-of-the-best for the top position on the current season’s leaderboard. When the season concludes, the Top 5 players will be granted an exclusive upgrade to their Kill Card, and the #1 player will be celebrated for all to see.
The blog post on EA’s website also contains the best disclaimer ever, reminding you you that the new feature “REQUIRES BATTLEFIELD HARDLINE FULL GAME ON APPLICABLE PLATFORM (SOLD SEPARATELY).”