Quick, pick a side in Fortnite vs. PUBG, because the field's about to get a lot more crowded.
Jeff Grubb of Venturebeat is reporting that DICE is testing a new battle royale mode for Battlefield V that will include "similar gameplay to megahits like Fortnite and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds". The key word is "prototype" - this hasn't been greenlit for full development, and is unlikely to be done in time to meet the game's release date later this year.
It's easy to see why big companies like EA and Activision are chasing the battle royale dollar; the genre soared to new heights past year with Playerunknown's Battlegrounds and 2018 to date has been dominated by Epic's free-to-play Fortnite: Battle Royale.
Of course, if the answer is positive, then there is nothing will not prevent developers to add the battle Royale in one of the updates.
I asked EA for a comment, and the publisher declined.
Battlefield V was originally leaked in March and sees the franchise returning to World War Two. But don't expect to drop onto an island with 99 other players when Battlefield V launches this fall. EA has provided a huge amount of support for its shooters in the form of regular expansions and downloadable content, and that is where a last-player-standing shooter makes the most sense. So maybe their battle royale mode could focus on smaller maps (though obviously bigger than the series' standard fare) with a player count of only 50 or so. Anything is possible, though.