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​Battlefield 5 Won't Include Battle Royale 'Firestorm' Until March 2019

​Battlefield 5 Won't Include Battle Royale 'Firestorm' Until March 2019

DICE has revealed even more disappointing new regarding Battlefield V, as the already delayed first-person shooter is set to miss out on its brand-new game mode, Firestorm, on launch.

In fact, players will have to wait until March 2019 - four months after the game's new release date - to play the dedicated battle royale.

Acting as a major selling point for the veteran war franchise, fans hoped Firestorm would set the gaming world alight; boarding the current hype train surrounding battle royales. You can check it out at the end of this trailer:

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In sacrifice of a traditional single-player story, Activision and Treyarch managed to win the Call of Duty fans over with Black Ops IIII's Blackout, a brilliant take on the last man standing game mode.

Battlefield fans hoped for something similar, especially when both titles have been fierce, yet necessary, rivals over the years - but what now? Same game, different timeline, new title.

No, Firestorm isn't the only new feature introduced to V, but it was a damn big one. And yes, an in depth, realistic war campaign will be returning to the FPS, unlike Black Ops IIII, but we've seen all that before. Firestorm was fresh, for that series anyway.

Credit: DICE
Credit: DICE

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Battlefield V is almost like a dog with its tale between its legs at the moment. The last thing the new title needs, following an expensive launch delay to perfect the game (or move it away from Black Ops IIII and Red Dead 2) is to be losing launch content.

Its predecessor, Battlefield 1, was a staple for modern day shooters, and it's actually quite a shame to see the follow up run into problem after problem. There's no way Firestorm was always planned for release later than the actual game, so hopefully DICE will let fans know their reasonings behind the move.

There's no doubt the upcoming AAA will still be brilliant, especially its multiplayer gameplay, but I was really excited to dive into Firestorm and see how it runs against other battle royales, most importantly Blackout. Let's hope the desire to become the last man standing hasn't died by March. Here's DICE's new roadmap for Battlefield V.

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EA / DICE
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What do you think about this news? Did you expect this? Are you still going to buy it? Is Blackout any good? Let us know on Twitter.

Battlefield V is set to launch on 20 November, 2018.

Featured Image Credit: EA/DICE

Topics: DICE, Entertainment, Black Ops 4, EA, delay, Call of Duty, Technology, Battle Royale, Battlefield 5

Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.