Battlefield V‘s Gamescom 2018 trailer recently gave us our first look at the game’s battle royale mode and its giant ring of fire. However, one bit of information that was left out of the trailer was that developer DICE isn’t the studio that’s making the battle royale mode.
This is according to a Reddit post (via VG 24/7) by Ben Walke, EA’s global community lead for its Star Wars games. Responding to a post on Star Wars Battlefront II‘s subreddit, Walke stated that “Royale is being made by a different studio, not DICE.”
DICE has outsourced different pieces of its games to different studios before. Motive Studios developed Battlefront II‘s single-player campaign, while Criterion Games developed Starfighter Assault. It’s even outsourced different aspects of Battlefield titles, most notably DLC.
So, if DICE isn’t making Royale, who is? Most likely, it’ll be another EA studio, but which one?
Motive is probably out of the running, considering it’s working on a new Star Wars title following Visceral’s closure and at least one more game of its own. EA recently acquired Titanfall’s Respawn Entertainment, but that studio is also working on a new Star Wars game. Ironically, Visceral would have been the perfect fit for this project, considering its experience with Battlefield Hardline, but for some reason EA decided that keeping a top-notch studio wasn’t worth the trouble.
Criterion is definitely a possibility, as that studio’s been fairly quiet about what it’s working on lately and already has a working relationship with DICE. Another possibility is that DICE LA is picking up the Royale mantle. Sure, Walke said that DICE wasn’t working on Royale, but maybe he meant DICE Sweden in particular. DICE LA obviously has a ton of experience supporting Battlefield titles.
Whoever’s working on Royale, they’ve still got some time, as the mode won’t launch with the game, nor will vehicle customization. Thankfully, Grand Operations mode is launching with the game, despite earlier confusion. You’ll get your first chance to try it on September 6th when the open beta launches, or September 4th if you’ve preordered the game.
Battlefield V launches on October 19th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.