If you’ve been playing Battlefield the past few years, then chances are you’re familiar with EA’s Battlefield Premium service. While some might call it as just a Season Pass, fans know how much content there is in each expansion that the price is justified most of the time.
However, not everyone is a fan of Battlefield Premium since it fractures the player base when it comes to maps, and it seems even some of DICE’s own developers think Battlefield V is better off without it. DICE Multiplayer Producer David Sirland recently went on Reddit to talk about why Battlefield V not going the Premium route is a good thing, which was a conversation that stemmed from a fan over on Twitter.
I'll personally vouch for this live service. It will be ace. Finally we're free of the previous shackles… Wish I could do what we'll do now with Bf4 back when I ran that live service.
— David Sirland (@tiggr_) August 28, 2018
In case that didn’t show up, here’s the Reddit post in full:
It’s all connected to how many maps and how often (being the most expensive content type) -not how good they are or what is interesting to pursue at a point in time Compare to the community map project (BF4) which was outside of premium.. I’d rather do more things like that and less cookie cutter content based on numbers. More damavand peak unique gameplay levels, less more of the same mentality. What I’m saying is that instead of forcing things we can freely spend time on things making the game bigger, more interesting and unique rather than just more content period. There’s several things we’ve never been able to do in the previous model that are now possible. You ask the expectation question like this is a new situation to process. If expectations aren’t met – expect us to do what we did with Bf4 – fix it. We didn’t abandon anything then, and won’t now. But speculation aside – I’m more then certain the gameplay is what players play games for, and we have it, and it’s good – expectations will be satisfied. Try the beta, let us know if I’m right or not.
Personally, I’m all for having the maps free for everyone. Sure, EA will definitely find another way to siphon money off of Battlefield V players, but as long as that doesn’t involve anything game-altering, then it’s fine by me.
In other news, make sure to check out the (big) rumor that sprung up today, which involves EA, Battlefield V and a Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Remaster!