Ex-DICE Dev “Wishes” Battlefield 5 Firestorm Was F2P, Doesn’t See Mod Support Coming Back

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For those unaware, DICE released a battle royale mode for Battlefield 5 last year called “Firestorm.” While the mode is still active, the Battlefield 5 Firestorm mode sadly hasn’t receieved the kind of support the base game has so far.

Over on Twitter, a few ex-DICE and ex-Criterion devs (Criterion was part of the studio that helped with Firestorm) talked about the battle royale mode, and what could have been.

One year ago, we were releasing #firestorm a BF mode about a tractor, a ring of fire and some cans… It’s my favorite project – loads of hard work, loads of fun too, worked and met tons of awesome people including you (yes you!) – Arthur Rohart (Former Criterion dev)

It was a blast, even for us over at DICE LA. I wish it would have been released as a standalone f2p. If so, it would be in a different place today. – Jojje Dalunde (Ex-Producer at DICE)

Answering fan questions, one gamer asked Dalunde what he wants to see in the next Battlefield game, but the ex-producer has one thing in mind and it’s mod support — something he doesn’t think we’ll see in a Battlefield game again anytime soon.

I don’t believe we will see mod support back in Battlefield anytime soon, as much as I would love it. And when I think of mod support, I am thinking about great projects such as Desert Combat, Project Reality, Forgotten Hope, custom maps etc. This was reality in BF1942 & BF2.

While there’s still a chance for DICE to save Firestorm, that doesn’t seem to be on the docket anytime soon, especially now that a lot of the devs are working from home and have already mentioned how updates will see “short delays” given the COVID-19 pandemic.

This isn’t the first time a former DICE dev has spoken out, as former Battlefield 5 Multiplayer Producer David Sirland has publicly said he “fought hard” against the time-to-kill (TTK) changes implented by DICE late last year, before it was dialed back in line again in the latest patch.

Do you think Firestorm can be saved still? Or should DICE leave it as is since we’re on the cusp of a new Battlefield game being announced, and the competition is as fierce as ever? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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