After a lot of changes, feedback, and community uproar, DICE seems to have finally decided on the proper Battlefield V time-to-kill (TTK) values! In a new post by DICE Global Community Manager Dan Mitre, the studio has announced that the Battlefield 5 TTK change is gone! Kaput! And it’s now set to revert to what it once was, at launch!
Here’s part of Mitre’s post where he explains the studio’s decision to the changes, and how it was done in the first place.
Our intent with the TTK changes was to see if we could evolve the Battlefield V experience and make it more enjoyable for new players, whilst also making sure the Battlefield vets have a choice with a more “core” experience suiting their preferred play-style. Clearly we didn’t get it right. Veteran players didn’t ask for the change, but as game developers, we took it upon ourselves to make those changes based on extensive data and deliberation. It truthfully wasn’t an easy decision for us.
It’s important to acknowledge that we have a challenge bringing new players into Battlefield V and onboard them to become more experienced Battlefield players. It’s been a challenge across our games for a long time, as many will know, and becomes even more important for us to improve upon our post-launch experience with consistent updates to the game through the Tides of War. Our desire to service a game that caters to old and new players will continue. How we get it right isn’t easy, nor will it be quick, and we appreciate when the community comes together and helps us on this journey.
We have learned a lot over the past week. We’ve gained clarity on the issues you’ve shared with us around Time To Death (TTD), we’ve identified imbalances in weapons, and have recorded real-world data on how TTK changes our game and impactS our players. With that knowledge we have a better idea of how to improve the game going forward, and have already begun taking steps to improve the experience for all our players, new and veteran.
With this announcement, the Core playlist announced last week that was supposed to roll out this week have been scrapped! There will be no more Core playlists of any kind, and what makes this change sweeter is that players don’t even need to download a patch!
According to DICE, it’ll be a server-side hotfix and won’t require a client download. Players can expect the original TTK values to be back in the game by December 18, 4 a.m. PT/7 a.m. ET/1 p.m. CET! Once it’s live, we’ll let our readers know.
Are you happy with this decision or do you prefer the new TTK? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.