It seems like Battlefield 1‘s new esports-tailored competitive mode, Incursions, has been stuck in its testing phases forever. DICE announced it all the way back at Gamescom 2017 and has barely mentioned it since, save for the move from closed alpha to a community test environment. But now that Battlefield 1‘s final planned expansion, Apocalypse, is out in the world, it looks like DICE is getting ready to put Incursions center stage.
According to a recent update from DICE posted to the Battlefield forums, Incursions multiplayer servers have been made “temporarily unavailable” as the developer prepares for the “next natural phase in development.”
However, Incursions servers will still be available so that players can still use the Test Range and “inspect your kits,” according to the developer. The “next natural phase in development” would be a closed beta, so it’s unclear if the kits that people created in the test environment will transfer to a closed beta, or if the developer is simply suggesting that players can get more time messing around with the mode’s altered takes on the main game’s classes while playing in Incursions’ shooting range.
Incursions has been somewhat forgotten by the general Battlefield 1 community, mostly due to the fact that it’s been relegated to PC test servers and has yet to make it to consoles. Some fans were even wondering if the mode would make it to Battlefield 1 at all, speculating that the mode would debut in Battlefield 2018. However, DICE is “working on new developments” and will soon be sharing more details through developer Q&A sessions, according to the forum post.
With over half a year left between Battlefield 1 and Battlefield 2018, fans have been wondering how DICE will continue to support the WWI shooter until its successor shows up in October 2018. Incursions would be an interesting way to inject some new life into Battlefield 1 in the last six months of its life cycle. The new competitive mode consists of five-on-five variations of Battlefield’s standard multiplayer modes and replaces Battlefield 1‘s classes with specifically tailored soldier kits. In other words, it would mix things up considerably for a game that’s been out since October 2016.
Meanwhile, the next Battlefield is expected to debut sometime in the next couple of months, and publisher EA has confirmed that the rumored World War II shooter will be playable at this year’s EA Play.
Battlefield 1 is available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.