Battlefield 5: Firestorm – What You Need to Know About the Battle Royale Mode
We’ve played (and won!) Battlefield 5: Firestorm, the series’ new Battle Royale mode, and it’s a pleasant mix of elements of the series and the genre.
Want to know more? We’ve got a bunch of details, and some brand new gameplay, nestled in this very article:
Firestorm is a fairly straightforward set-up as Battle Royales go. 64 players (squad and solo variants are available) parachute onto a single landmass, and kill each other off as the titular, circular Firestorm closes in.
As per Battlefield tradition, the real difference here is size. Firestorm’s map, Halvøy, is 10 times bigger than the previous largest Battlefield map. What’s interesting here is how Firestorm uses that scale – the circle will only cover around two thirds of the map from the very beginning of the round, meaning you won’t have to worry too much about escaping the incoming wall of fire, but every round should feel slightly different, placing you across different, distant parts of the map.
Another Battlefield-y touch is in how that map’s used as you play. Aside from the usual destructibility, Resupply Points – this mode’s take on the series’ ubiquitous control points – will spontaneously appear, turning small circles of the map into flashpoints. Capture one amidst the negative attention of other players and you’ll be rewarded with a series of loot crates popping open. If you want a less potentially violent alternative, you can also find crackable safes with a measure of loot scattered across the map.
Firestorm incorporates the main game’s vehicles too, which feel far more important here than in most Battle Royales. The 17 available include tanks, tractors, even proto-helicopters, with a neat gameplay wrinkle added when obtaining the deadliest of them.
The likes of the Panzer 38(t) are hidden in bunkers that need to have their doors manually cranked open, which also set off sirens to warn/attract nearby players as to what you’re up to. It’s another risk-reward system, but don’t expect to feel overpowered as a result, as vehicles need to be kept fuelled up – you won’t be driving around for the entire match if you don’t manage your resources.
The result is a mode that should satisfy both Battlefield and Battle Royale fans – whether it’s done enough to tempt either way from their current jams is another story.
But, as with any new Battle Royale game, the big question takes a little more work to answer – what’s the phrase for when you win a round?
We’re happy to reveal that you’ll be posting up a ‘V For Victory’ when you come out on top:
Firestorm will be released as a free add-on to Battlefield 5 on March 25.
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