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Battlefield V’s competitive 5v5 mode has been cancelled

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I’m not big on military shootymans games to begin with, but I can help but feel that the most recent Battlefield game hasn’t quite been as much a part of the zeitgeist as in previous years. Hardly anybody shares clips of their Battlefield prowess, and nobody really talks about the game. I can’t say why – because by all accounts it’s a good game at its core. I do suspect though, that it partly has to do with the game’s staggered content release that was done in a way that made it seem like the game wasn’t finished when it shipped.

The game’s Battle Royale mode Firestorm, for example, launched in March – months after the game was available. While it’s nice to have extra content on as rollout, it just led to the game feeling unfinished in many consumer’s eyes. Now, developer DICE has confirmed that one of the modes that was meant to be coming – the game’s 5v5 mode that was outed via datamining – has been cancelled. They never officially announced the mode, but they’ve now officially binned it.

In the latest Battlefield “Letters from the front” series of game update…updates, DICE’s senior producer Ryan McArthur said the 5v5 mode had been cancelled.

“The added focus on improving the quality of the experience and adding more of the content you want has led us to step back from our original plans to offer a competitive 5v5 mode,” McArthur writes.

“Not creating this mode was a tough decision, but vital for us to more quickly reach our bug-crushing and content goals. However, we will still pursue building a competitive gaming experience in Battlefield. We know that there’s already an existing competitive scene in our community, and we’re helping build features to support these communities. We want to work more closely with our players to help improve the tools that they have available to shape their play experience. This way, we can better support the places where competitive Battlefield V play already exists.

This change in focus allows us to better deliver on our promise of new content that we know our players will love, as well as providing new ways to enjoy some of our more intense existing modes.”

McArthur also said that players can expect more transparency – and more of these blogs detailing plans and updates to the game – in the future, as they’ll be coming along at a monthly clip now.

On a completely unrelated note, the servers for Modern Warfare’s 2v2 alpha are live and available to play on PlayStation 4 right now.

Last Updated: August 23, 2019


  1. Admiral Chief Umbra

    August 23, 2019 at 09:28

    They probably couldn’t monEAtize it


  2. The Fandangler

    August 23, 2019 at 10:09

    I’m sure it “not being part of the zeitgeist” has nothing to do with them telling fans to just not buy it if they didn’t like the direction they were going.


    • Dr Webster Flexington

      August 23, 2019 at 14:09

      You’ve pretty much nailed it. When Soderlund told us to not buy it because we didn’t like their politics, I said, “ok”. I did borrow a copy of the game from a friend a while back just to see how it was, but they certainly saved me money by being so candid. 😛


  3. Viper_ZA

    August 23, 2019 at 09:42

    Which BF is still up and running on PC, 3/4?


  4. HairyEwok

    August 23, 2019 at 12:11

    And this is why I’m not a fan of the live service idea, you have no guarantee that the things being advertised will be given to you.


    • Dr Webster Flexington

      August 23, 2019 at 14:09

      Not just that, but you don’t know what will be removed in the future, or what hairball microtransaction scheme will be thrown at you, just to nickel and dime you.


  5. Dr Webster Flexington

    August 23, 2019 at 14:09

    I used to be a huge fan of the Battlefield games. I even wrote a little preview for this site years ago about the Battlefield 3 beta, but DiCE really let us down in recent years. It’s really funny when you think about it, because now the new Call of Duty game has adopted some of the features that actually made Battlefield so unique, and Battlefield languished in stagnation.

    Not only did they fail to adapt, everything they’ve done for Battlefield V suggested how out of touch they were with gamers. From forced identity politics (regardless of the fact that COD has female soldiers in pvp, and never made an issue out of them) to a dumb battle royale add-on (that no one is playing).


  6. Dr Webster Flexington

    August 23, 2019 at 14:09

    I could be wrong but in the EA shareholder document they barely even mention Anthem and Battlefield. I guess both developing studios are hanging on by their toes, as EA is getting ready to trim off some fat.


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