Battlefield 5's Battle Royale 'Firestorm' Might Hold Just 64 Players
Whether you're eagerly awaiting another game in the genre, or couldn't think of anything worse, battle royales have taken the world by storm over the past year.
Now, that doesn't mean the genre is new - it's far from it. But before the introduction of Fortnite and PUBG, many gamers had never experienced matches featuring 100 players at once, with each competitor fighting to be the last one standing.
And it's these large player numbers that keep drawing gamers back to Fortnite and PUBG, and now the Blackout mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII (even though that's a tad smaller for solo and duo play, capping at 88 participants).
However, it looks like 'Firestom' - Battlefield V's upcoming battle royale mode - won't follow this trend. The already delayed game has thrown more surprises at us, and it turns out DICE devs are currently looking at a maximum of 64-player matches for the mode.
This was revealed by live service development director Ryan MacArthur, who told VG247 that, "With Firestorm, one of the key things is that it needs to feel like it's Battlefield."
Of course, fans won't know how a smaller player count will affect gameplay until it releases, but it stands to reason that we could see smaller maps in Firestorm, compared to those found in other battle royale games.
But if that's bad news to you, don't write Firestorm off just yet. Although "The current target is 64 players," Battlefield as a series is famous for its teamwork and tactics, and its battle royale mode could - and should - rely heavily on these aspects, more so than any other title to explore the genre so far.
Also, this player number could yet change before the mode rolls out. "At the moment we're looking at 64," MacArthur told VG247, before an unnamed PR representative added: "As we lead up towards March, there will be a lot more discussion on Firestorm."
Let's hope four months is long enough for Battlefield V's devs to get Firestorm right. In the meantime, let us know what you think about this news, and whether the player count should be higher or lower.
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