Battlefield 5 is about to launch, however it’s holding some stuff again for 2019.
One of the issues that isn’t arriving at launch is Firestorm, a brand new battle royale mode developed in partnership with Criterion. That’s coming in March 2019.
I just lately bought probability to speak to DICE concerning the determination to carry it again and whether or not or not the mode was an afterthought, reacting to traits because the game was in growth. Apparently, this isn’t the case. The developer was simply fearful about overwhelming us.
“Basically, when we look at the live service, we looked at how we want to build the game from a gameplay perspective,” reside service growth director Ryan MacArthur explains. “We want to make sure that each introduction of new gameplay is able to stand on its own and is able to stand out from everything else in a way that makes players want to focus on it.”
DICE says it desires to consistently evolve the gameplay, providing up new maps and modes, every specializing in a unique side of the game. New maps would possibly deal with particular automobile sorts, for instance, whereas new modes will make gamers see previous maps in a brand new mild. And moderately than splitting the playerbase with expansions, all of that is free.
The concept is to drip feed this content material in, as a result of – based on DICE – placing all of it within the game directly has the identical impact as paid expansions do.
“So we look at things like Firestorm and the Combined Arms co-op experience – putting all of that together, you almost create a world where there are too [many] things to do,” MacArthur says. “We need gamers to have this ‘here is the core Battlefield experience, and here’s a co-op expertise constructed off that, and right here’s a battle royale expertise constructed off that’.
“Players have issues to look ahead to and so they can spend time with every mode. Otherwise you have got an identical factor like with expansions the place the playerbase will get fragmented. It sucks all of the oxygen out of the room should you put to a lot in.”
Read our Battlefield 5 review for our early impressions.