Battlefield 5's planned 5v5 competitive mode has been cancelled

Henry Stenhouse,

August 23, 2019 1:02 AM

EA and DICE plan to "focus on improving the quality of the experience" for all Battlefield 5 players.

The news comes from DICE’s Senior Producer Ryan McArthur as part of the latest Letters from the Front blog post. According to McArthur, the decision was made so that the studio could continue to improve the quality of the Battlefield 5 experience and bring more of the content that players want. Here’s the full statement:

“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. 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.”

Battlefield 5 5v5 competitive mode cancelled

So while the planned competitive mode is out of the window, it sounds like DICE is keen to introduce something along those lines in the future, provided Battlefield 5’s support lasts that long.

For the time being, Battlefield players can look forward to the 4.6 update, due to arrive in September. This will bring the Operation Underground map to Conquest, Breakthrough and Squad Conquest modes. It’ll also be making an appearance in the Tides of War as a Rush map at a later date. Operation Underground is a reimagining of the intensely popular Operation Metro map from Battlefield 3 and is being worked on by the original creator.

The blog post also notes that Iwo Jima and two other locations are on their way to Battlefield 5 before the end of the year in an update that will bring “new weapons, vehicles, factions, and visuals supporting the new maps”. For more information, read the full post on the Battlefield site.


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