Although EA and DICE’s Battlefield V has seen a slew of content updates over the last few months as part of Tides of War, it is not without its costs. The free maps, weapons, vehicles, and other quality-of-life improvements are great, but Chapter 4: Defying the Odds has also brought plenty of other issues to the overall quality of the game.
Due to this fact, Battlefield V is cancelling the originally planned 5v5 competitive mode.
According to DICE Senior Producer, Ryan McArthur, in a post about the status of the game, DICE has been “hard at work to address these [issues] with several updates and will continue to do so until Battlefield V is where it should be.”
We’re fully committed to expanding and improving our core multiplayer experience. That’s why fixing the issues is our highest priority. This commitment will be met by keeping our focus and resources invested in producing the great content our players deserve.
The incoming 4.4 update for Battlefield V will help fix the stuttering issues, desyncs on hitboxes, as well as tweaks to the Commo Rose. Two more infantry maps and an increase in max rank, going from the initial 50 to a max of 500. Future updates will be targeting to improve game stability, UI communication around damage, as well as other issues flagged by the community.
The Al Sundan map, which is currently only available in Squad Conquest and Team Deathmatch, will inevitably be made available in large-scale modes like Conquest. A graphical issue has been identified when playing a larger version of the map, and it is currently being fixed.
The team is pushing to get the fix into our 4.6 release next month, but we can’t confirm that just yet, as we first want to make sure the fix is working properly and won’t create problems elsewhere, which has been the case with some past updates.
As the team shift to “the added focus on improving the quality of the experience and adding more of the content you want,” McArthur announced that the upcoming 5v5 mode has been dropped. “Not creating this mode was a tough decision, but vital for us to more quickly reach our bug-crushing and content goals.” Of course, DICE is not abandoning the competitive scene, and will continue to work on creating an experience that is ideal for players.
Players can look forward to two Infantry-only maps in Provence and Lofoten Islands, both coming in the 4.4 update for Battlefield V. The maps will feature Squad Conquest and Team Deathmatch at the start. Update 4.6 will bring back the classic Operation Underground map for Conquest, Team Deathmatch, Breakthrough, and Squad Conquest.