EA might be dipping its toes into the battle royale water to see if there might be a way to integrate the massively popular, online gameplay mode with one of its titles. Specifically in the upcoming Battlefield 5.
According to GamesBeat which spoke with an anonymous source with knowledge of Battlefield 5, EA Dice put together a battle royale prototype for Battlefield 5 with mechanics similar to those seen in other popular battle royale games like Fortnite: Battle Royale and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.
These are preliminary efforts by EA Dice, and the battle royale prototype still hasn't actually been approved for release. And even if Dice sees an avenue for a battle royale mode in Battlefield 5, it won't be ready in time for the game's release which is scheduled for some time later this year.
The report goes on to say that if Dice approves of the battle royale mode for Battlefield 5, it will most likely be released as a free update post-launch. But just because a prototype is being made for Battlefield 5 doesn't mean it will necessarily be a part of the game, at launch or post-launch. EA could still decide to hold onto the idea for the next Battlefield game, a new Battlefront game, a separate game entirely, or scrap the idea altogether.
GamesBeat first reported on the new Battlefield game earlier this year with the working title "Battlefield 5," although the game will actually be set in World War 2 following Battlefield 1's adventure in World War 1. USgamer also reported from sources with knowledge of the project that EA Dice is thinking of going cosmetic-only with the loot boxes in Battlefield 5.
It's not hugely surprising that EA is experimenting with battle royale for its popular military shooter. Earlier this week popular Call of Duty website CharlieIntel revealed that it was tipped off that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 might get a battle royale mode courtesy of Activision support studio Raven Software.
The battle royale mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will help round out the content after it was reported that this year's Black Ops iteration won't have a traditional single-player mode. Instead, the game will focus on multiplayer, zombies, and co-op.
Meanwhile Battle Royale games show no signs of slowing down. Fortnite: Battle Royale has proven to be a huge success and is easily one of the most popular games on the planet. Even mainstream stars like Drake are getting in on the action All the while, PUBG continues to iterate on the formula with new maps and events.
We will have more details for you later as Battlefield 5 prepares for a 2018 launch, with an announcement expected either before or at E3 2018.