Battlefield 5 Developers Cancel 5v5 Mode, Saying They Need To Fix Other Bugs

Battlefield 5 Developers Cancel 5v5 Mode, Saying They Need To Fix Other Bugs

Since its launch in November 2018, Battlefield 5 has been expanded with a battle royale mode and additional limited time modes that re-imagine the multiplayer experience. A long planned 5v5 competitive mode has been in the works for some time, but that’s no more. In a note posted yesterday, the game’s senior producer Ryan McArthur said that this mode has been cancelled.

Battlefield games have experimented with competitive modes in the past. Battlefield 1’s esports-focused Incursions mode was a 5v5 control point capturing mode that included a drafting phase for selecting weapon kits before the match and vehicles. Incursions was officially shut down last April.

McArthur said the cancellation of the competitive mode in Battlefield 5 reflects a shift in the development team’s goals.

“The added focus on improving the quality of the experience and adding more of the content you want has led us to step back from our original plans to offer a competitive 5v5 mode,” he wrote. “Not creating this mode was a tough decision, but vital for us to more quickly reach our bug-crushing and content goals.”

Since launch, Battlefield 5’s new content has focused on a mixture of extra story content and maps. The game is currently in the middle of a map release push that focuses on fronts such as Greece before expanding to the Pacific Theatre.

In the meantime, funny Easter eggs such as a stairway to Heaven and finger gun weapon were received with mixed results by the community. Some appreciated the silliness, while others assumed, right or wrong, that these Easter eggs were distracting the team from fixing bugs.

McArthur indicated a continued desire to “pursue building a competitive gaming experience in Battlefield” and mentioned an increased effort to develop community tools, but it’s unclear what shape that might take in the future.


  • Could have saved themselves a lot of time, money and effort by cancelling Firestorm as soon as it was suggested, too. Stuff like 5v5 and battle royale modes suggest a developer that has lost touch with what built their fan base in the first place and is now just madly running around after whatever this week’s popular gaming trend is, like a dog chasing after cars. They’ll probably announce an auto chess game mode for BF5 next.

  • Hows all that wokeness working for your game DICE?

    On a more serious note they need to do the following things to fix this game. (Which at this point is not even worth it given that the new Modern Warfare is looking to embrace battlefield style gameplay)

    Drop the battle royale mode completely. No one plays it anymore. Its a waste of money and resources.

    Move all developers onto fixing and optimizing the game.

    Only start making more content after doing above.

    • Dice has put netcode on the backburner since BF3, what makes you think they are going to start doing this now? Their main objective now is disenfranchising players with BS that they think will make them money.

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