In a surprising move, DICE has announced that Battlefield V’s battle royale mode Firestorm won’t release until March 2019. The news was announced in usual style nestled among the details of a content roadmap in a post over on EA’s Battlefield web site.
Content releases will be staggered in blocks in keeping with chapters from Battlefield V’s Tides of War content service. Each chapter houses a selection of War Story content, multiplayer modes, new battlefields and locations, gear, and more. The opening chapter ‘Overture’ kicks off a few short weeks after the game launches in November, the second chapter ‘Lightning Strikes’ starts in January, while the third chapter dubbed ‘Trial By Fire’, in which Firestorm will feature, doesn’t begin until nearly four months after release in March.
The idea of spreading out content is to keep players topped up with fresh content, but the move to push back Firestorm is likely to affect Battlefield V’s position in the rivalry with the already highly successful Call of Duty: Blacks Ops 4. The delay, if we can even call it that given today’s news, may be linked to the battle royale mode being developed by British outfit Criterion Games and EA’s decision to incorporate such a mode late in the development cycle.
As for what we can expect from Firestorm when it finally drops, EA did provide a little more information saying ‘Firestorm elevates the mode by bringing in the best of what Battlefield is known for. Mix a shrinking playing field with trademark Battlefield elements such as team play, powerful vehicles, and destruction, and you get many unique Battlefield moments coming your way’.
Battlefield V launches on November 20th on PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One. EA have cooked up a cluster of special editions with some granting early access to the game as soon as November 9th, as well as the usual haul of extra skins and the like.