The list of features missing from Battlefield V at release continues to grow, as its new co-op mode, Combined Arms, is now slated to arrive post-launch.
Battlefield YouTuber Westie spotted this bit of news on Battlefield V‘s website, which stated that “the all-new battle royale mode and cooperative Combined Arms gives you more to look forward to after launch.”
Combined Arms joins the list of features—specifically vehicle customization and (potentially) dragging downed teammates into cover—that were announced during the game’s May 2018 reveal event that are now apparently coming sometime after the game launches. The battle royale mode was always scheduled as post-launch content and is actually in development at a separate studio from developer DICE.
Fortunately, one of the game’s main modes, Grand Operations, will launch with the game following reports that it would also see a delay.
Recent controversy has mired the run-up to Battlefield V‘s launch, with many fans feeling frustrated at DICE’s lack of communication on what will or won’t be in the game, and other more reactionary fans responding negatively to reports that the game’s presales are underperforming. EA reportedly has a backup plan if Battlefield V‘s sales suck at launch, and it begs the question whether or not withholding features and rolling them out strategically with the game’s confusing new Tides of War live service model is part of that plan.
The biggest test for the game so far will be the open beta, which launches September 6th (or September 4th for players who have preordered). Considering the sheer amount of features that are skipping launch, what is in the game better be pretty polished and fun if DICE wants to maintain enthusiasm and whatever hype there is left.
Battlefield V launches on October 19th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.