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.
Yes in development. And bullet penetration is in the build. It's not setup everywhere correctly yet (there are some known minor issues in open beta too) – we want feedback on that too, if something feels like it should be penetrable but its not.
— David Sirland (@tiggr_) August 27, 2018
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.
Absolutely, we have many things that we are going to continue to add to or expand post launch, more info on that soon!
— David Sirland (@tiggr_) August 26, 2018
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.
Did this happen with Bf4 and that launch? No, won't happen this time either (irregardless of monetary model / premium). BF is not the same franchise, not a license based one and this is what, number 15 in the running? Chill.
— David Sirland (@tiggr_) August 23, 2018
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.