Back at E3 last year, DICE announced that Battlefield 5 will be getting a battle royale mode with one word: "Royale." And that was pretty much it. Since then, we've been collecting scraps of info as DICE and Criterion Games quietly developed Firestorm, but now that it's almost here, we finally have a decent look at Battlefield battle royale—check out the first trailer above, and scroll down for more gameplay.
Battlefield 5: Firestorm release date
Firestorm will be available to all Battlefield 5 players on March 25.
Battlefield 5 Firestorm's map is 10 times the size of Battlefield 5's biggest existing map, Hamada
DICE says that Firestom features "the largest Battlefield map ever," in Halvøy, which is "a sandbox, filled with destructible buildings, weaponry, and vehicles." It's been confirmed it's 10 times larger than the game's biggest existing map—but you won't be playing on all of it all the time. The circle will move, to give the map some unpredictability.
A ring of fire will act as the 'circle,' forcing players into a smaller and smaller play space as the match goes on, as is the battle royale way.
We also learned the map will feature Conquest-style objectives. Some will be in the same place every time while others will be placed randomly, and they'll offer "varying types of supplies, weapons, and vehicles." There are also bunkers in the game containing better loot, but you need to players to open them.
Check out our preview:
Here's Battlefield 5's gameplay trailer
We've played Firestorm, and can confirm it makes for some pretty intense encounters—it's clearly trying to counter-program some of the other battle royale games out there. Check out some gameplay in the trailer above.
How many players does Firestorm support?
Firestorm supports 16 teams of four, which comes to 64 players—the usual for large Battlefield matches. Solo play is also possible.
What vehicles will be available?
DICE's post tells us that Panzer tanks and other vehicles will appear on the map. "Getting hold of a tank can give you a great edge, but you won't be invincible," it reads, "and you need to measure risk versus reward if you challenge other squads to secure the battlefield's most fearsome hardware. Jumping into a transport vehicle will give your squad an edge in speed and power. If you find something with wheels, you can drive it into battle—or plot a quick escape."
In the trailer at the top of this article, we also see a tractor, a helicopter, and a boat... that's also a car.
How will spawning work?
According to the leaked tutorial video, which looks legit, we'll be parachuting like in PUBG.
What other inspiration has BF5 taken from the genre?
Though the battle royale announcement came as a slight surprise, it probably shouldn't have, as there are hints all throughout BF5's design. Aside from the Airborne mode, one other change has battle royale written all over it: squadmates can now revive each other even if they aren't medics, which makes squad play more similar to PUBG and other battle royale games.
You also start with less ammo than in previous Battlefields, meaning there's more pressure to find resupply crates and support players—ammo conservation and loot hunting, again, scream battle royale.
If you aren't already playing Battlefield 5, here's our review. Let us know in the comments where you think the battle royale genre should go next (if anywhere), in Battlefield or otherwise.