It looks like Firestorm, Battlefield V‘s post-launch battle royale mode, is actually further along in development than we thought.
A recent tweet from a technical artist at Criterion Games, which was recently announced as the studio behind Firestorm, revealed that Firestorm is already in a playable state internally. The tweet was since removed, but we managed to capture a screenshot of it:
Developer DICE has always promoted Firestorm a post-launch addition to Battlefield V, though it’s been cagey about nailing down a specific date for the mode’s introduction. After delaying Battlefield V for over a month, it’s possible that DICE and Criterion might have Firestorm ready sooner than we thought, considering multiple teams within the studio are already testing the mode in a competitive state.
Firestorm is looking to combine the best parts of both Battlefield and battle royale by injecting armored vehicles and objective-based gameplay into the genre’s standard last-player-standing formula. Following the massive changes (some would say improvements) to squad-based gameplay and Battlefield’s already top-notch gunplay, it’s no surprise that Firestorm is one of the most eagerly anticipated modes in Battlefield V. Having Firestorm ready to go earlier in the game’s post-launch life cycle than originally anticipated (if not at launch) could be a good move from the developer, considering that Combined Arms, the game’s new co-op mode, is also coming post-launch.
Battlefield V launches on November 20th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.