Battlefield 5 is scheduled to release in just two months time. Among the many new features being implemented in the upcoming title is the Battlefield 5 Battle Royale mode. Given the enormous success of other battle royale titles, the mode is receiving a great deal of attention; even though DICE has only offered fans a brief teaser of the mode so far. However, it was recently revealed that the mode isn’t actually being made by DICE. Rather, it’s being worked on by another studio.
The Battlefield 5 Battle Royale Mode is Being Made by Another Studio
Thus far, all that fans have seen of the Battlefield 5 Battle Royale mode was a brief teaser; featured at the end of the recent Gamescom trailer. It seemed to hint at some features in the mode, but it was much too brief for anyone to know anything for sure. Understandably, fans are curious as to what the mode will be like and how it will play.
A surprising revelation came just two days ago on Reddit. In response to fan speculation about the game; Ben Walke, Global Community Manager for the Star Wars franchise at EA, stated; “Royale is being made by a different studio, not DICE”. This is the first that anyone has heard of this. The identity of this secondary studio is unknown. DICE does have a branch studio in Los Angeles, but Walke’s clarification that it’s “not DICE” seems to rule that out. Given the fact that DICE is owned by EA, and Battlefield runs on the Frostbite game engine, it seems likely that the secondary studio is also owned by EA.
It isn’t strange for a studio to contract another to work on some part of the game. Bethesda Game Studios, for example, contracted BattleCry Studios to rewrite the Fallout engine to allow for multiplayer during the development of Fallout 76; BattleCry was later acquired by Bethesda and re-branded as Bethesda Austin. As such, fans probably shouldn’t be concerned about this news. If anything, it may reassure fans who were concerned that the addition of battle royale could harm the development of other modes.