DICE Testing Battle Royale Prototype in Battlefield V

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An unidentified source has sold VentureBeat that the rumored Battlefield battle royale mode will share some similarities with current industry leaders PUBG and Fortnite.

Still unannounced save for a projected third quarter release in 2018, "Battlefield V" is said to be shifting from the World War I context of 2016's "Battlefield 1" to the World War II arena that typified first-person shooters at the turn of the 21st century.

With the ongoing craze of Battle Royale games, it seems even AAA titles are going to dip themselves and bask in the recent boom of this genre. And again, it shouldn't shock you to hear that DICE is doing the same thing for Battlefield V.

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According to Venture Beat, the mode is now being prototyped to compete with the surge of popularity with the genre started by PlayerUnknown's Battleground and skyrocketed by Fortnite.

Per the report by Grubb, if the mode is given the go-ahead by EA, it could end up in the game as a free update, but we'll have to wait and see before we jump the gun on any speculation. But don't expect to drop onto an island with 99 other players when Battlefield V launches this fall. In the case of Black Ops 4, the developers are ditching the story mode in favor of multiplayer and a Battle Royale mode. That source claims that the studio is now experimenting with different ways to get the basic concept of a battle royale title to work within the Battlefield systems. If there's money to be made or a trend to be followed, EA won't be far behind. EA could cancel the prototype, it could hold it off for the launch of the next Battlefield or a Star Wars: Battlefront sequel, or it could spin it out into its own game.