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Letters from the Front

Battlefield V is at a turning point in its lifecycle. The game suffered a huge backlash prior to the launch of the game and sold less than expected despite selling at a whopping 7.3 million which is still pretty solid for a game that got the shit end of the stick.

Right now, it’s at a turning point. Firestorm, the Battle Royale mode that is set to release at the end of the month will determine if it has legs against Apex Legends and if Battlefield V can make some sort of a comeback but what will make it or break it will be the roadmap. DICE has hinted that it will arrive soon so I would like to take an opportunity to talk about it and what I would like to see happen over the course of the roadmap.

What I want to see

The first thing that I would like to see is some new factions, especially the Red Army and the American forces enter the game. New factions will make the biggest difference and will allow the game to make the comeback that it desperately needs.

A nice addition to the game would be the inclusion of more maps. Not just new weapons and new factions but more maps that focus on real World War II battles like Smolensk, Moscow, Sevastopol, Wake Island, and much more that brings out that epic World War II experience that we have had in mind since forever. Also, I would like to see more historical accurate cosmetics like German SS outfits, Heer outfits, and some British gear before the arrival of the Red Army and the American forces.

What I don’t want to see

I don’t want less than 4 maps or 5 maps. I don’t want to see less, I want to see more and more content until I’m drowning in it. The game has been out for more than 4 months and we’re just getting to the same number of maps that Battlefield 1 had when it launched in 2016.

I don’t want to see one map for every location that the game will manage to have. World War II was a massive war that encompassed the entire globe, it touched the lives of nearly everyone involved and to have one map per location is diminishing how large World War II really was. Belgium and now Greece has been a missed opportunity, DICE had the opportunity to showcase 1940 Belgium and now had the opportunity to showcase the Fall of Greece but instead is focusing on Crete, it would’ve been sweet to both have the Fall of Greece and the subsequent invasion of Crete and some other extra locations that we haven’t seen before in World War II media and entertainment.

This game is at en passe in its lifecycle and if DICE doesn’t deliver on the goods like more than just 1 map, new factions, and plenty more than I fear the worst for Battlefield V. There’s plenty of new games like The Division 2 and Rage 2, it would be a shame if I were to drop Battlefield V because DICE didn’t offer me content that made me want to come back every day, every week, and every month until September 2020.

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