Since apparently no shooter can go without having a battle royale mode nowadays, a recent report indicates that developer DICE is testing a battle royale mode for the upcoming (and still rumored) Battlefield V.
We’d usually be suspicious about a report from an anonymous source like this, especially when the report involves battle royale modes being added to games, since claiming that a shooter will have a battle royale mode seems a bit obvious these days. Not to mention, EA CEO Andrew Wilson basically confirmed that the publisher and developer are at least considering adding a battle royale mode to Battlefield. The main reason we’re giving this most recent rumor any credence is because it comes from the same source that seemingly confirmed Battlefield V‘s title and setting.
Even if DICE is testing a battle royale mode for Battlefield V, don’t necessarily expect it to launch with the game. Apparently, the battle royale mode is still in the “prototype phase.” EA has confirmed that the next Battlefield is launching in October, which is still six months away, but that still doesn’t seem like enough time for DICE to adequately prepare and release a brand-new, potentially game-changing mode (literally) at launch. As evidence, look how long it’s taken DICE to build Battlefield 1‘s competitive mode, Incursions.
If DICE is working on a battle royale mode for Battlefield, it’s possible that the mode isn’t even intended for Battlefield V. Another possibility is that DICE and EA may release the battle royale mode as a standalone version of a new Battlefield game.
Before Battlefield V became the predominant theory about the next Battlefield title, a credible rumor circulated that the next Battlefield would be a Cold War-era Bad Company 3. The original leaker then amended his statements, saying that DICE Sweden was working on a World War II Battlefield, while DICE LA was working on Bad Company 3. Maybe we’re crazy, but it’s possible that DICE LA is working on a Cold War-era battle royale Battlefield instead of a new Bad Company game (which have been set during modern times).
What we’re really hoping is that DICE skips the battle royale mode and brings back a cooperative mode similar to Onslaught from Battlefield: Bad Company 2, as previously reported. Heck, it should have had Onslaught in Battlefield 1, but we’ll take what we can get of that co-op goodness.
Either way, we’ll find out soon enough, as the next Battlefield game seems primed for a reveal any day now, with a full gameplay reveal and the first hands-on opportunity for most players scheduled for EA Play 2018.