Shroud has major concerns with Battlefield V’s Firestorm battle royale mode - Dexerto

Shroud has major concerns with Battlefield V’s Firestorm battle royale mode

Published: 23/Mar/2019 14:15 Updated: 26/Mar/2019 23:09

by Joe Craven


Twitch’s most subscribed to streamer, Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek, has shared both his anticipation and concerns for Battlefield V’s new battle royale mode, Firestorm, ahead of its March 25 launch.

Off the back of Epic Games’ Fortnite, and its incredible success since its July 2017 release, many gaming studios have seen the potential of battle royale to grow and innovate their games, for example Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Blackout.

Since his retirement from professional CS:GO in 2018, shroud has played a large variety of games on his Twitch channel, with a particular focus on battle royale games such as PUBG, Blackout and Apex Legends.

EAPlayers have been anticipating Firestorm since it was announced at E3 in 2018.

In line with this community interest in battle royale, EA DICE announced they would be implementing a battle royale mode of their own into Battlefield V, called Firestorm. The mode was developed by Criterion, the team behind 2017’s Battlefront II.

This also follows disappointing sales for Battlefield V, which sold just over 7 million copies by the end of 2018. Now, shroud has shared his thoughts on stream after watching a trailer for the upcoming mode.

He starts off by conveying his excitement for the game, but quickly explains his worries about its quality. “I’m actually so stoked for this game,” he says. “But I guarantee you it’s gonna suck.” He goes on to say that he thinks Battlefield V’s battle royale mode should be a “gem”, but that he’s worried it will leave players “disappointed”.

At the end of the trailer, shroud says that it looks “pretty cool”, and thinks it could be “dece [decent]”. However, he thinks the buzz for its launch would have been improved if it launched earlier, specifically in January.

“You know what sucks?” he stated. “If it launched in like, January, holy fuck it would have owned. But they [EA DICE] probably just weren’t ready.” 

Here, shroud is likely referencing the fact that a January release would have meant it launched before Apex Legends, Respawn Entertainment’s battle royale, which came out on February 4.

Apex Legends has become incredibly popular with the gaming community, hitting 50 million players faster than Fortnite did, and so could detract from the player count of Firestorm when it launches.

EA and DICE will certainly be hoping that Firestorm can be as popular as Apex Legends and Fortnite, boosting Battlefield V’s previously disappointing community reception.


How to play Battlefield V’s final free multiplayer weekend

Published: 1/Nov/2019 15:47 Updated: 1/Nov/2019 15:58

by Connor Bennett


EA are handing over the multiplayer of Battlefield V to the fans with a final free weekend of play. So, if you haven’t dived into the game’s online portion just yet, here’s what you need to know.

Battlefield V dropped back on November 20, 2018, marking the 11th installment in the popular first-person shooter franchise. With the new release, EA Dice took things up a notch with multiplayer compared to previous titles, adding a battle royale mode as well as expanding on the mega Grand Operations.

With it’s one year anniversary coming around, as well as the release of the game’s fifth chapter, EA launched their annual Battlefest celebrations with a raft of content for players. Included in that has been free trial weekends – letting everyone jump into different aspects of the game.

EA games/FlakfireBattlefield V’s Firestorm was the game’s attempt at the battle royale genre.

When is Battlefield V’s free trial weekend?

Starting on Friday, November 1 and running through November 4, players will have the chance to experience all of the game’s multiplayer maps and modes in order to celebrate the release of the Pacific Theatre.

This means that players can try out the traditional Battlefield mode of Conquest, as well as the usual FPS game types of Team Deathmatch and Domination. Anyone who ever enjoyed ‘Rush’ can try their hand at Breakthrough which works in a similar way.

DICE / EAThe epic Battlefield V is the 11th game in the popular franchise.

Where to download Battlefield V for the free trial weekend

The free trial weekends run on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and EA Origin for the PC. So, all you have to do is fine Battlefield V in your respective marketplace and hit download on the free trial.

Once you’ve waited for the long download and dropped into a game, you will be able to keep any progress you make should you choose to purchase the full game after that point. 

So, what are you waiting for? Time is ticking down on your last chance to experience Battlefield’s epic multiplayer for free.

It’ll take some time to download, of course, but it’s better to act fast than wait until the last minute – especially when you can get in plenty more matches, too.