Battlefield 5's Major Updates Will End After June

Battlefield 5's Major Updates Will End After June

After the summer, don't expect any more big content drops.

Battlefield 5 had a bit of a rocky launch and trailed its predecessor in launch sales, but a regular cadence of big free updates has done a good job of keeping players engaged—if not always happy—with the state of the game. Soon, that'll come to an end with "one more" content update targeting a June release.

In a new post on Battlefield 5's official website, DICE Senior Producer Ryan McArthur gives fans an update on what to expect after the current live service chapter wraps up in a few days. Launched in February, the "Into the Jungle" chapter followed up last Fall's huge War in the Pacific update with more content from that theater of combat. "As we look into the future," McArthur writes, "we will release one more standalone update this summer that brings with it some new content, weapons, and game tweaks. We are targeting June for this update."

McArthur notes that the Battlefield 5 team is "still tackling the challenges from working from home" due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and will let players know how things are progressing over the next month—so, if a June release becomes untenable, we'll probably find out sooner rather than later.

The recent spate of Pacific Theater content has been fairly well-received, thanks in large part to the fact that it added in things that many consider essential to a great Battlefield World War II experience, like the legendary Wake Island map. Still, it set off another round of community backlash over changes to time to kill, echoing criticism DICE received following an update it pushed shortly after launch.

Derided balance change aside, Battlefield 5's launch was also marked by slower sales than 2016's Battlefield 1, which Electronic Arts suggested could be due in part to the fact that it launched without a battle royale mode. Battlefield 5 later received one with Firestorm, but that release was widely seen as overshadowed by Apex Legends, EA's free-to-play battle royale developed by Respawn Entertainment.

Back in October, EA CEO Andrew Wilson told investors that DICE's next Battlefield title would launch in fiscal year 2022, which begins on April 1, 2021. Seems like now would be a good time to start transitioning more Battlefield 5 talent over to that project.

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