Another one of Battlefield 5’s most interesting features will miss the game’s launch

By Sherif Saed, Monday, 27 August 2018 13:48 GMT

Dragging teammates to cover is another feature DICE promised for Battlefield 5 that won’t be there at launch.

About a week ago, Battlefield 5 developer DICE confirmed that vehicle customisation won’t be available in the game at launch.

The developer is placing greater emphasis on customisation this time around, and though soldier and weapon customisation will be possible at launch, the same feature will be turned on for vehicles at a later time.

It now appears another feature the developer has been teasing since the Battlefield 5 reveal, will too miss the October launch. That being the ability to drag teammates into cover.

The writing was kind of on the wall since we learned it won’t be in the open beta. The feature also wasn’t in either of the closed alpha builds.

Multiplayer producer at DICE David Sirland was asked on Twitter about the ability to drag teammates’ bodies, and confirmed that it’s still being developed. Bullet penetration, another feature that’s been absent from the alpha, will be in the open beta build.

In a different tweet, Sirland clarified that crash landings animations for planes, a feature alluded to in trailers but never explicitly announced, is not completely out of the question.

This confirmation left players worried, and some fear Battlefield 5 will suffer a similar fate to Star Wars: Battlefront 2. Although DICE promised regular post-launch content updates for Battlefront 2, the game got very little as far as new content, which fans assumed was the result of its lower-than-expected performance.

To his credit, Sirland said that this won’t happen with Battlefield 5, and gave the example of Battlefield 4’s post-launch support, which went on for years post launch and has been the best for any Battlefield game before or since.

Some of this will no doubt become clearer as players get hands on the open beta, and obviously the full game at launch. It is, however, disappointing that the launch version keeps losing features.

Battlefield 5 releases October 19 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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