Battlefield V announces the end of live service updates
If for some reason you were still holding out hope that EA and DICE would dedicate itself to turning around Battlefield V and bring content like D-Day, Battle of the Bulge, and the Battle of Stalingrad to the beleaguered World War II shooter, then we have some bad news for you.
According to a recent blog post (and a necessary clarification from the game’s official Twitter account), Battlefield V‘s last content update will come in June. Following that June update, the game will be getting no new content, and future updates will focus entirely on shaping up the underwhelming Community Games program.
“As we look to the future, we will release one more standalone update this summer that brings with it some new content, weapons, and game tweaks,” wrote senior producer Ryan McArthur. “We are targeting June for this update.”
The language for this announcement was a little vague, so the game’s official Twitter account had to clarify that “new Weekly Missions and new rewards, and our update this summer will deliver new content to support that. We otherwise have no further content planned beyond our updates to Community Games and ensuring healthy game performance.”
As for what’s included in the June update, the Battlefield Twitter account said that they would have more information on that soon. There will also be a May update that will focus on bug fixes and gameplay tweaks.
The writing’s been on the wall for a while, especially considering that this week marks the end of its sixth content chapter and there’s been no news about Chapter 7, but it’s still disappointing news. Following the release of the Pacific Theater in Chapter 5, fans had been expecting that the next big chunk of content would focus on either the Eastern Front or the American forces on the Western Front, but that doesn’t seem to be likely at this point. Prior to basically ending support for the game, DICE had stopped supporting the game’s battle royale mode, Firestorm, as well as cancelling its competitive 5v5 mode in August during a disastrous fourth chapter.
As for what’s next for the series, EA previously stated that the next Battlefield title is coming sometime during fiscal year 2022, meaning the earliest we’ll see a new Battlefield game is April 2021.