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Dice Cancels Battlefield V’s 5v5 Competitive Mode

Dice Battlefield V 5v5 multiplayer canceled

Dice has axed Battlefield V’s planned 5v5 multiplayer mode.

Dice senior producer Ryan McArthur explained the reasoning for the cancellation in a blog post on EA’s website. He says the decision came as a result of the team wanting to focus on creating new content that they know players want and will enjoy: “Not creating this mode was a tough decision, but vital for us to more quickly reach our bug-crushing and content goals.”

McArthur reiterates that Battlefield V’s competitive community is still an important pillar in Dice’s development strategy. Instead of the game’s originally planned 5v5 mode, Dice will now focus on ironing out Battlefield V’s competitive landscape: “We want to work more closely with our players to help improve the tools that they have available to shape their play experience. This way, we can better support the places where competitive Battlefield V play already exists.”

The EA update post has plenty of other details besides the cancellation. For example, Dice is using the next few updates to fix a number of bugs and stuttering issues while also improving general stability. The next update, 4.4, will introduce two new infantry maps while increasing the maximum career rank from 50 to a staggering 500.

McArthur also says that the studio will be communicating with Battlefield V’s fanbase more often as things move forward. This means players can expect more frequent Letters from the Front blog posts and more updates from the game’s community managers as well.

The game’s content roadmap promises private games for September with new map Operation Underground following in October.

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