Yesterday, EA DICE released a new 6-and-a-half minute video for Battlefield 5; entitled, “This is Battlefield 5”. Rather than a pure trailer, the video outlines the studio’s plans for Battlefield 5’s features and post-launch content. While it doesn’t delve deeply into any one area, it offers new information on several key features, including the Battlefield 5 Battle Royale mode.
Firestorm: The Battlefield 5 Battle Royale Mode
The first thing we learn about Battlefield 5’s take on Battle Royale is that it will be known as “Firestorm”. As the narrator describes; “This is Royale, done the Battlefield way”. The first key feature is that Firestorm is a team game-mode. The mode will pit sixteen teams of 4 players against one another; with 64 players in total. Firestorm will apparently take place on a huge sandbox map, the largest map ever made for a Battlefield title. It will contain plenty of weaponry, and notably, vehicles. That last fact seemed to be revealed in the brief glimpse of Firestorm which featured in the Devastation of Rotterdam trailer; fans can now confirm that vehicles will feature.
The sandbox map for Firestorm will feature the same destructible terrain elements which appear in the game’s other maps. That, combined with the inclusion of vehicles, could well give Firestorm a different feel to other rival Battle Royale games. Presumably, it will also feature Battlefield 5’s new squad mechanics as well, giving players more individual utility within their 4-person team. Later in the video, DICE reveals that players will have the ability to erect crude fortifications. These could well play a major role in Firestorm. DICE still has yet to reveal gameplay footage of the Battlefield 5 Battle Royale mode, however. Originally, it was not going to feature at launch. It’s unknown if that will change now that the game’s release is in November. The mode is reportedly being developed by a separate studio.