One piece of new information that has trickled out about the battle royale mode may surprise fans. In a post on Reddit, Ben Walke, the global community game for EA's Star Wars games, revealed that "royale is being made by a different studio, not DICE." Walke's comment was a response to a Star Wars Battlefront 2 player who was upset that DICE had pulled developers away from that game in order to work on Battlefield V's battle royale mode. Walke's comment was intended to dismiss that rumor, but it may have inadvertently opened up another can of worms.
Some prospective Battlefield V players are taking Walke's comments as a reason to be concerned about the game. There is the fear that if such an important game mode isn't being made by DICE it just won't be as good as if the developer was making it itself. Will another development team be able to tap into the essence of what makes Battlefield games so great?
And although Walke didn't reveal the identity of the study that's working on the mode, outsourcing already has a bit of a bad reputation, which only adds to fan concerns. For example, there are plenty of ports (such as Batman: Arkham Knight PC) which have been outsourced and have ended up not being as good due to the pressures put on them by the main development team or the game's publisher. Warring opinions between the main team and the outsourced team have also been known to cause trouble with games in the past.
There's also the fact that many already have doubts about how good Battlefield V can be. Right from the very first reveal trailer of the game, some longstanding fans were arguing that the game looked too casual and had lost the series' more serious tone. Recently, analysts have also suggested that the game will be a disappointment, noting that pre-orders for the game are down. Concerns about the battle royale mode and who is making it are just a symptom of the overall worries about the title.
Battlefield V is set to launch on October 19, 2018 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.