We’re a little over a week away from Battlefield V‘s open beta, and it promises to include more features than what was present in the closed alpha, including weapon customization. One of the features talked about since the game was announced that isn’t making it into the beta, however, is the ability to drag downed teammates into cover, and it sounds like there’s a possibility it won’t make it into launch either.
Responding to fans online, DICE multiplayer producer David Sirland confirmed that dragging teammates is a mechanic that’s still “in development.” When asked by another fan if there’s “still hope for crashed landings, or dragging downed teammates,” Sirland responded that DICE has “many things that we are going to continue to add to or expand post launch,” without confirming that dragging downed teammates was one of the mechanics that will enter the game after its initial release.
To be clear, Sirland did not confirm that dragging downed teammates would miss launch, though the fact that it wasn’t already in the game during the closed alpha, let alone the open beta, has given players an excuse to feel concerned. Design director Daniel Berlin stated that DICE was doing “additional work on the crash landings for airplanes” back in June, but the developer never confirmed that crash landings as they appeared in the announcement trailer would find their way into the game at launch.
It seems like Battlefield fans are more sensitive about what features will and won’t make it into the game than in the past, mostly due to the game’s intriguing yet vague Tides of War live service model and the fact that certain features like vehicle customization aren’t making the cut in October. We’ll have to wait until we get closer to launch to find out exactly what mechanics will make it into the final game and what won’t.
Battlefield V launches on October 19th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
Source: VG 24/7