When I did Battlefield V’s technical review and official review, I considered it the most visually stunning first-person shooting game in the market right now. That view still hasn’t changed all these months. And yet, for all the graphical pizzaz and enjoyment you can have via multiplayer, or even the conclusion of its story campaign with The Last Tiger mission, there was still one piece missing in the puzzle. That final piece was Firestorm, Battlefield V’s take on the battle royale genre. Firestorm will be arriving for Battlefield V players next week on March 25. Check out the latest gameplay and features trailer below:
Firestorm Battle Royale
No Battlefield V trailer would be complete without all the jeeps, planes, and tanks rolling around, and Firestorm would have lots of them. The battle royale mode touts 17 vehicles that can be found on what’s touted as the largest map ever in the game, ten times bigger than Hamada. Combat will also be viable on-foot and in vehicles whether it’s on land, sea, and air.
Certain depots or stockpiles can also be found on the map and you can obtain rarer loot from them or even heavily-armored vehicles that can help you steamroll the opposition. You’ll be able to play solo or as part of a four-player squad. Playing with friends will be advantageous since Firestorm also has a “last stand” mechanic where you can take out enemies even while in a downed state. You can also call in artillery strikes, V-1 rocket attacks, or supply drops.
When I mentioned how gorgeous Battlefield V was, I wasn’t kidding because, from the footage alone, even the “ring of death” common in battle royale games looks like a raging, living inferno. This isn’t going to be that silly blue circle of static electricity. With Firestorm finally completing Battlefield V’s promised content, it might be a good time to check the game once more.
The Future Of Battlefield V
It’s worth adding that Battlefield V will certainly have a steep mountain to climb even with the addition of Firestorm. So many games out there have tried their hand at the battle royale genre. Fortnite and PUBG still have massive fan bases. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 also gave it a go in Blackout. And then Apex Legends arrived, managing to snag a big chunk of FPS/action/battle royale gamers. Respawn’s foray into the battle royale genre is still going strong, now with its battle pass and a new hero, Octane.
So yes, it’s going to be a tough road ahead for Battlefield V even with the addition of a battle royale mode given that this is a genre dominated by games with millions of players, and some have had years to fine-tune the experience. One would make you wonder whether EA pitting DICE’s and Respawn’s games was a good idea. Will both succeed eventually? Or will one of them crash and burn? We’ll find out eventually once Firestorm arrives next week. By then, we’d have our impressions and so would other players.