EA is the latest publisher hoping to insert a battle royale mode into its marquee franchise.
According to a Venturebeat source, EA studio DICE is testing a battle royale mode for Battlefield 5 that riffs on the gameplay of megahits like Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
However, the prototype mode has not yet approved for release, and even if approved, won’t be ready for Battlefield 5’s launch day.
In fact, the source claims that EA could still cancel the prototype, keep it for the following Battlefield or next Star Wars: Battlefront sequel, or spin it off into its own game.
Last month, Venturebeat reported that the next Battlefield game is a core title in the series that returns to World War II.
This was in direct opposition to prior rumours that the game would be a sequel to 2010 spin-off Bad Company 2.
EA is yet to announce the game.
Yesterday, several major gaming sites claimed that Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII will contain a battle royale mode, but no singleplayer campaign.
It has also been rumoured that the next Halo game will feature a battle royale mode.
The predominance of battle royale mode rumours has some industry analysts predicting that the genre will shake out the way the MOBA genre did: a couple of titles will be successful, but most will fail.