Battlefield 5’s TTK (Time To Kill) is the subject of a lot of attention and controversy recently. This was due to a change that DICE had introduced by nerfing a lot of weapon damage. The intention was to make gunfights last longer since new players were often quitting the game out of frustration.
While this did work in favor of the newer players to get used to the game. Older ones were increasingly frustrated with how the Battlefield 5 TTK had become. Two reasons drew this reaction. One was that the weapon balancing for a lot of slower firing weapons got screwed up. Another was the fact that this update was issued by DICE with almost no communication. Since there was no issue with the Battlefield 5 TTK, to begin with.
We’ve seen [TTK has] been a big talking point and causing a divide in the community, which was never our intention. We have been listening closely to what you’ve all been saying,
DICE has also openly stated that the changes were initially only brought up to ease the transition of newer players into the game. Since they often (supposedly) left the game out of frustration. These new players mainly spawning out of the discounted winter sales. What they didn’t account for was how the older players wouldn’t like the changes.
To reach a consensus/compromise of sorts. A core conquest game mode was introduced. One that allowed the older players to play the game at their own original Battlefield 5 TTK. While this was a method to appease both parties. It also further divided the already small player base that the game currently has.
This is the second time DICE has rubbed fans the wrong way with their PR. They do add in their earlier statement that they wish to be better in the future, however.
“Changes to the game carrying this kind of weight needs clearer, earlier communication before getting rolled out. We will improve how we roll out updates in the future and respond more quickly when you have questions or concerns.”
Hopefully, they stay true to this and keep their currently small player base retained at the very least. While their actions are understandable from a certain point of view. A batch of players shouldn’t be disregarded in order to make room for newer ones.
Furthermore, the solution used shouldn’t be one that divides and segregates the newer players from the old ones. Especially since the Battlefield 5 population will be divided into two different groups. Neither used to the other one’s TTK, and having an inherent handicap in either mode.
DICE still has a lot to roll out with their free upcoming content. Including a Battlefield 5 battle royale mode in the Firestorm update later on.