DICE has been adding features on Battlefield V since launch. Now, however, it’s dialing things back. The developers have ditched the planned five-on-five close combat mode after determining that it was needed to hit “bug-crushing and content goals” in a timely manner, according to Senior Producer Ryan McArthur.
This means that the team can not only “better deliver” on promises of material it knows people want, but also offer “new ways” to enjoy current modes. Of course this won’t please fans of close combat mode.
We don’t know why this mode got cut while other changes didn’t, but it may be a just a way of concentrating on what BFV does best. The Battlefield series is all about large-scale multiplayer combat. The intimate ten-player matches don’t really line up with that. People can Call of Duty if they want that. Instead of trying to compete with as many rival shooters as possible, DICE appears to want to focus on those areas where Battlefield stands out. And that makes sense. It is a sound strategy that will only enhance the game over time.
So if you are a fan of close combat, this will be bad news, but the game is always improving.
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