Firestorm, the Battlefield 5 Battle Royale mode that was supposed to be coming out with the game when it releases in late November, has been announced by EA to be delayed until 2019 in yet another stumbling block over the game’s development, which has already been filled with a variety of problems.
Battlefield 5 is the logical next step in EA and EA DICE’s Battlefield series, coming after Battlefield 1 took us to World War I in the first Triple-A shooter of its type. However, Battlefield 5, despite taking place in World War 2, seems to be hitting even more stumbling blocks that might be jeopardizing its success.
It’s possible that the Battlefield 5 Battle Royale mode was delayed in order to be given more of a chance of beating out Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Blackout mode, which came out with that game and is already proving itself quite popular. If Firestorm wants to get into the Battle Royale bandwagon as well, it’s going to take a while, especially with Blackout’s new popularity.
While there hasn’t been a World War 2-inspired Battle Royale game yet, just the setting alone might not be enough to keep players around, and it’s unlikely that a Battle Royale mode could have the same sort of gameplay as a two-teamed game, especially if you need multiple people to pilot a plane or drive a tank.
Hopefully by the time its 2019 release date rolls around, the Battlefield 5 Battle Royale mode will end up being good enough to rival Blackout, or even surpass it. But that depends on if everything that DICE does to it ends up adding to things, especially since there’s a difference between the futuristic technology of Black Ops 4 and Battlefield 5’s World War 2 technology.
In the meantime, Battlefield 5 is slated to be coming out on November 20 on the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC.