Yesterday Andrew Wilson said that “DICE’s decision to prioritise single player over the sequel’s unreleased Battle Royale mode may have played a part in the release’s subpar commercial situation”.
I believe this is not the reason Battlefield V’s sales are poor. When Battlefield V was announced I was excited, the gameplay looked fantastic, the trailers, a really great looking WW2 experience and after the high of Battlefield 1, what could go wrong? Everything went wrong. Firstly, the game was rushed out in 2 years, when it was released it was released with glitches and bugs and even to this day I still experience the bug of not being able to quit the game or get into the next match on the PlayStation 4. Battlefield V also released with a really small amount of maps and mostly just rehashed weapons from Battlefield 1. Sadly both maps and weapons were not memorable and they just lacked that creativity that Battlefield is known for. Game modes were missing, they were on the menu but you couldn’t do anything with them. The game was released bare bones with so much missing, Battlefield was a titan in the industry, the only online game that could give you so much freedom on how you take the objective on with 64 other players either helping you or trying to kill you.
I have so much empathy for developers under big publishers like EA, Activision and more but DICE need to at least take a bit of responsibility and speak up. I do understand shareholder pressure but other indie publishers give their developers freedom like Wired Productions, 505 Games, Team 17 and so much more. The big titans of the triple-A industry need to take an example from the little publishers who actually help the developers under them, not make them churn out rushed rubbish for a quick buck.
I could be wrong about the Battlefield V sales, after all, it’s an opinion, but I know Battlefield games and V was doomed to fail from launch after being released with such a lack of content. I’d have happily waited another year for the developers at DICE to have more time and less stress.
EA in the past already stated that they feel single player gaming is now dead (Spider-man and Kratos want a word). Is this a scapegoat so they can get out of providing single player experiences as it’s easier to monetise a multiplayer experience?
While it seems lately I have been really digging into EA’s business practices, how can I ignore the stuff they come out with? When I search for news to write it’s always EA has said this, EA has done that, it really frustrates me, they don’t have the gamers in mind at all. Like YouTuber has said on their channel, developers, publishers, they need to just make games. While I feel indies are already there, the triple-A industry isn’t.