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The AAA first-person shooter scene will potentially see some big changes this year, the biggest of which is being spurred on by the current trend, battle royale modes. According to a recent report, the next Battlefield game might include a 100-player free-for-all of its own.
In the past couple of days we've learned quite a lot concerning the big shooters of fall. Not only is it being reported that Call of Duty will be ditching a single player campaign for Black Ops 4, but the team at Raven is reportedly working on a battle royale-style mode for Activision's 800-pound gorilla, too. Now, thanks to a report from Venture Beat, it looks like EA is testing the same waters with Battlefield.
According to the report, this information is coming from an anonymous source working closely on Battlefield V. That being the case, we're currently treating this battle royale mode news as a rumor. Until EA or DICE have made an announcement themselves, we're digesting all of this info with an appropriate grain of salt.
Still, we'd say the bigger news would be if CoD or Battlefield weren't actively pursuing a battle royale mode. Over the past year, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has earned huge success, only to be more recently outpaced by a similar 100-player deathmatch, Fortnite: Battle Royale. In the past week, Boss Key Productions threw their hat in the ring with an early version of Radical Heights. There are other battle royale style games making the rounds, of course, but those first two are the big contenders and the third is making the most recent headlines.
In short, it's a huge mode for shooters and it wouldn't make much sense if EA and Activision weren't at least interested in pursuing a similar mode for the biggest standard shooters in the world. Can you imagine how insanely popular one or both of those modes would be if the developers manage to nail the formula?
What we're most interested in at this point is what form those games might take. Call of Duty has always been best as a tighter, more twitch shooter. So maybe their battle royale mode could focus on smaller maps (though obviously bigger than the series' standard fare) with a player count of only 50 or so. With enough interesting gameplay tweaks, that could be a perfect fit for Activision's workhorse. Battlefield, on the other hand, is known for much bigger maps, bigger player counts and at least a little more methodical gameplay, so maybe more standard battle royale play would feel at home there.
So what's your take, readers? Are you tired of all this battle royale chatter or would you like to see the mode pop up in the AAA space? Have any ideas how Battlefield or CoD could set their modes apart from the pack? Let us know in the comments below.