Having leaked the existence of Battlefield V just over a month ago, VentureBeat has gone a step further this time, revealing that DICE is strongly considering adding a 100-player Battle Royale mode to its shooter sequel. Battle Royale Field. Battlefield Royale. Battlefield Battle Royale. Battleroyalefield?
That should come as incredibly unsurprising news, the big question now being whether DICE can implement it well or if it’s just bandwagon jumping for the sake of it. “DICE is investigating how a massive, last player-standing mode would work with its current mechanics,” says VentureBeat. “The studio has not yet approved its battle royale for release, and it is still in the prototype phase.”
And here’s the important part - should DICE actually decide it’s happy with the Battlefield V Battle Royale mode, it won’t be ready for Battlefield 5’s launch this holiday. As a post-launch update though, you can’t really ask for a bigger draw for new players.
On the surface at least, Battlefield sounds like a perfect fit for Battle Royale. It’s already been rocking a 64-player count for 16 years, so it seems feasible that this could be fairly easily bumped up to 100. It’s also got built-in destruction, heaps of vehicles, and pretty large maps that could lend themselves well to a chaotic, smaller version of the likes of PUBG. Heck, they’ve even already got parachuting, it sounds like a pretty simple job to repurpose all this for a battle royale. The only worry is that it would suck players away from the core game modes, a problem we’ve already seen happen in Battlefield 1.
At this point, I think we should probably start taking bets on how many times the phrase ‘Battle Royale’ crops up on-stage during E3 press conferences. The three biggest multiplayer shooters of the year (Battlefield V, COD: BLOPS4, Red Dead Redemption 2) are now all rumoured to feature their takes on Battle Royale, and I’d bet they’re not going to be alone on that front. It’s standing room only on this bandwagon now. I’m going for at least eight.