EA DICE Shares Lessons Learned from Battlefield 5 Closed Alpha

By JD on July 17, 2018 Gaming News with 2 Comments
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Battlefield 5’s closed alpha recently concluded and EA DICE has shared what they learned from the said testing phase. EA only invited select Battlefield 4 and Battlefield 1 veterans, plus a few others who were lucky enough to get a key from the publisher’s social media channels, for the event. The closed alpha allowed participants to play on an early version of the multiplayer map Arctic Fjord.

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The alpha focused on testing the technical aspects of the game, while also testing its many backend systems, player scoring rate, and many other things. Players were also able to sample the new gunplay mechanics and the first ever Fortifications system for the series.

Now, just what did DICE learn from the alpha? Well, here’s what they shared:

  • There where a few hiccups with the matchmaking system, causing players to “get error messages or be placed in less suitable server locations with increased latency when trying to join.”
  • The team was able to hit their target for client and server stability.
  • There was a strange bug where a “picturesque Norwegian cabin” suddenly appeared around a downed player while being revived.
  • It sometimes took a while for a player to initiate a revive and the revive icon had a tendency to be delayed.
  • Players seemed to like the war of attrition and the fact that they were deployed with limited ammo. However, looting ammo from dead players seemed more beneficial to certain classes compared to others, so this will need to be balanced further.
  • Squad Reinforcements were fun, but will also need to be adjusted. Getting reinforced by a V-1 Rocket was way too easy in Conquest and must be toned down.
  • Time to Kill (TTK) garnered polarizing feedback where some were complaining that they were being killed too fast while others thought that it was just right.Feedback shows that alpha players enjoyed the gunplay but DICE will still be tweaking details such as the recoil for some weapons.

There were a few more details shared (which you can read in DICE’s blog post), but what’s even more important is what the devs plan to do with the data and feedback that they got from the closed alpha. DICE has already started making adjustments after the alpha and have also shared some of the things they plan to do.

Also, DICE has revealed that they will be holding several more tests for the game, both internal and external. They’ve announced that a new build will be shown off at Gamescom 2018 and that an open beta will be happening in early September.

Battlefield 5 is slated for an October 19 release for PC, Xbox One and PS4. EA Access, Origin Access and Origin Access Premier members will get to play the game starting October 11, while those who pre-ordered the Deluxe Edition can start playing on October 16.


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