Exploding in popularity since the March 2017 release of "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds", battle royale games tend to drop 100 players into an enclosed but expansive environment, constricting the available play space over the length of a match and thus forcing players into contact with each other until one player or team remains. Existing battle royale shooters have tens of millions of players, and Fortnite has even reached the nexus where gaming meets wider pop-culture icons like the rapper Drake, who is a huge fan of Epic Games free-to-play battler. And again, it shouldn't shock you to hear that DICE is doing the same thing for Battlefield V. Because, according to the website Venture Beat, DICE still only tinkering with the prototype of the regime and trying to understand will it work with the gameplay "battle".
It appears the Battlefield franchise may not be the only well-established FPS series to potentially feature a battle royale mode.
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If true, Battlefield: Battle Royale may end up becoming nothing more than an internal project that never sees the light of day.
But EA of all people should be aware of the dangers of chasing trends; the firm was also in on the MOBA craze with its own, Dawngate, but that ended up being cancelled as the market had already solidified with League of Legends and DOTA 2.
EA Dice is expected to release "Battlefield V" some time this year, and it's still unclear which conflict "Battlefield V" will be based on.