Battlefield 5 may have been one of the least mysterious games in EA's E3 2018 lineup. It already had its own dedicated announcement event, and DICE has been slowly teasing details like new modes ever since. That didn't stop EA from making it a major part of its EA Play showcase, including the confirmation of a battle royale mode.
The incredible success of Fortnite and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has made battle royale into a phenomenon that numerous other companies are looking to capitalize on. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has already been confirmed to have such a mode in development, and now Battlefield 5 will as well. During EA Play, developers confirmed it will offer teamplay, vehicles, and destruction for an experience they claim you haven't gotten before in Battlefield or any other game.
This comes on the heels of EA announcing it will ditch the premium pass model for this latest Battlefield in favor of cosmetic upgrades and free maps. Battlefield 5 will be available for all players on October 19, but those who subscribe to EA/Origin Access and pre-order will be able to play early on October 11. Pre-ordering the Deluxe Edition will get you in a few days later, on October 16. An open beta is also planned.
Right now in this space there's Fortnite: Battle Royale and PUBG and barely anything else at all. How this can be considered a saturated market is beyond me. It's preposterous. Saying so is just jumping on the bandwagon. Kind of like hating on Call of Duty every year. Just a trendy thing to do that misses the forest for the trees.
In any case, there's only so much Fortnite and PUBG I can play. I'm excited to see what new innovations other battle royale games can bring to this space. I'm excited to play this mode in games like Battlefield 5 and Black Ops 4. I enjoy battle royale games and I welcome more of them.
We'll find out more about the Battlefield 5 battle royale "later this year" according to DICE. That's vague, but it's something.