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Battlefield 5 will add more 'core' playlists with old TTK values next week

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DICE's recent changes to Time to Kill [TTK] (opens in new tab) and Time to Death [TTD] in Battlefield 5 (opens in new tab), which were designed to make the shooter more enjoyable for new players, have been a "big talking point and caused a divide in the community", according to the developer. Lots of players preferred the old values, so DICE will add "Core" versions of every playlist, complete with the original TTK and TTD values, next week, it has announced.

When it made the changes earlier this week, it added a "Core" version of the Conquest playlist, but that has "clearly not [been] enough", it said in a Reddit post (opens in new tab). "To fix that, we will be adding a 'Core' version of all playlists in the game next week, giving you a clearer choice between new and old settings."

It'll update players early next week to tell them exactly when the new playlists are coming, it added.

Most of the criticism of the adjusted values essentially says that, yes, Battlefield 5 is difficult for new players, but that's as it should be. The top comment on DICE's Reddit post sums it up: "New players are struggling? No shit...name me one multiplayer game where new players can jump in instantly do as good as the experienced players?"

I'm not opposed to having modes that ease new players into the game, but two sets of playlists that are identical except for a slightly different TTK seems a bit messy. I'd hope that, eventually, DICE settles on a value and sticks with it across the board. 

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.