The Battlefield series has been known for their gargantuan maps, large-scale battles and variety of conflicts between tanks, planes, infantry and even ships. But that doesn’t mean DICE isn’t immune to the charms of the battle royale genre, according to a new report.
Venturebeat is reporting this morning that DICE, EA’s Sweden studio that is responsible for the Battlefield series, is working on a prototype battle royale mode of their own. EA declined to comment, but the report adds that DICE are very much in the testing stages:
The studio has not yet approved its battle royale for release, and it is still in the prototype phase. If DICE does decide that it’s happy with what it has, it won’t have it ready in time for the initial release.
The kicker is that the mode wouldn’t be ready for Battlefield 5‘s release, which is due out this autumn. And it’d be interesting to see how DICE would make what is, on the surface, a style of gameplay that is completely at odds with Battlefield‘s core identity.
Battlefield players have always flocked to the series because of its size and scope, and it’ll be hard to sell any change in gameplay that narrows that down. I’m reminded of how Bad Company 2 was a smaller, faster take on the traditional Battlefield formula, but that’s a far cry from the forced movement and enclosed arenas that battle royale mode games tend to force.
But battle royale games are huge, and if EA and DICE can jump on that train, they will. We’ll probably hear more when E3 rolls around, and if we catch wind that anything has changed before then we’ll let you know.