With news just yesterday that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 might be doing away with is single player campaign component, sources are now reporting that a battle royale mode will be included in the newest addition to the yearly franchise. Not only that, but it’s now the other gigantic shooter brand and COD’s main competitor, Battlefield, that could be implementing the same game mode later this year.
According to an anonymous source from VentureBeat, DICE is prototyping a battle royale mode in Battlefield V that would feature similar mechanics to those seen in popular titles like Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, with 100 players fighting to to death to be the last one standing.
Apparently they are investigating how this would work with Battlefield V’s mechanics, but won’t be ready for the games launch. If approved, the update could be released for free, or possibly held off on completely to be a new standalone title or incorporated into one of EA’s other franchises like Star Wars Battlefront.
None of this is especially surprising. Fortnite has proven to be an absolute monster when it comes to popularity, with a player-base that has now exceeded PUBG, the most played game of 2017. Battle royale is the new trend in online multiplayer, with other studios also making their own attempts to jump on the bandwagon; just ask the teams behind Paladins and Radical Heights.
It was only a matter of time before a AAA major player like COD or Battlefield attempted to cash in, and I’m sure those development teams aren’t the only ones considering it. It could make the constant battle between the two FPS heavyweights even more interesting – or, make the decision between them even more moot.
We’ll have to find out when more details are released on both games in the coming months.