We've known for a while that DICE was planning to include a competitive 5v5 mode in Battlefield V after launch, but senior producer Ryan McArthur has revealed on the game's site that this is no longer the case, with the priority instead being focused on the base Battlefield content.
"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," he explained.
"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."
At least the competitive focus isn't entirely gone then, and the next 4.4 update contains fixes for stuttering issues and more features. In fact, the next few updates are aimed at addressing stability, UI communication around damage, and other features brought up by the community. We can also expect more communication as well, as McArthur continues:
"Improving the experience of the game is clearly important for us. How we communicate and how often are equally important. You'll see these "Letters from the Front" blogs on a monthly basis from now on. They'll give the more extensive updates on everything happening behind the curtains. Battlefield Community Managers Adam Freeman and Jeff Braddock will give updates far more frequently; daily and weekly. Our goal is to get into a more regular cadence of updates through channels like the in-game News section, the Battlefield V section on the Battlefield forums, or the Battlefield V subreddit where you can check in, inform yourself, and engage with us."
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