Since the battle royale genre is the latest hot trend in gaming, it wasn’t much of a surprise to learn that Battlefield V will have a battle royale mode, as announced by DICE at E3 2018. However, there has been some confusion since that initial announcement, with some fans not sure if the mode will be available at launch or if it’s coming at a later date.
According to DICE General Manager Oskar Gabrielson, Battlefield V‘s battle royale mode is coming at some point after the game’s launch in October. “Every day will bring something new,” he said, after explaining that Battlefield V will receive regular content updates without requiring people to purchase a premium pass, “and as part of that journey, after launch, you’ll get something I know a lot of you have been asking for.”
Lars Gustavsson then interjected by proclaiming, “It’s royale.” This announcement was met with a positive responsive from those in attendance at E3, though the presenters followed it up by promising more information later this year, which seems to be what led to the confusion. Some fans online seemed to think that meant that Battlefield V‘s battle royale would be available at launch, and more information would come later, but based on Gabrielson’s initial comments, that’s not the case.
Something else that seems to have caused confusion in regards to the Battlefield V‘s battle royale mode was the reveal of the game’s Ground Operations mode. This bit of the presentation showed soldiers jumping out of a plane and parachuting to the ground below, which is commonly how battle royale games start off matches. This led some to think that Ground Operations was Battlefield V‘s battle royale mode, but that isn’t the case.
By simply announcing the existence of battle royale mode and not showing it in action, it seems EA and DICE have unintentionally caused some confusion. However, this confusion should be alleviated in the coming months, especially when the companies are finally ready to properly show off the game’s battle royale mode.
Battlefield V will launch on October 19 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.