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The closed alpha is now officially over, and already there’s a Battlefield 5 weapon patch in the works. As the release date for next installment in the Battlefield franchise inches ever closer, we now know more of what to expect from the upcoming game. With only three months left, developer EA DICE is already taking what it learned from the closed alpha and working towards implementing improvements to the game, including weapon balancing, matchmaking and more.
In a post from earlier today, DICE acknowledged that some players experienced matchmaking configuration issues during the closed alpha. This caused players to receive error messages or be placed in less suitable server locations with increased latency. This will be the main focus for the developer, in order to provide players with the best matchmaking experience, where players with equal latency and skill level will be matched together in the shortest amount of time possible.
Regarding weapon balancing in Battlefield 5, the developer has already tweaked the recoil of certain weapons, which increases the amount of skill needed to handle them. Some weapons will also be fitted with a single-fire mode, where players can choose between that or the usual full-auto mode for the most effective gunplay in different situations. Other fixes will be applied to vehicle controls, amount of camera shake, the volume of footsteps and more.
Additionally, fixes will be made to speed up the process of both the Medic revive and buddy revive, with the purpose of making the act of reviving less clunky. The amount of available ammunition and reinforcements will also be balanced further to make the game even fairer for every player. DICE will keep adjusting the time-to-kill, as some players have reported conflicting feedback. Some said that they were being killed too fast, while some said it was balanced just right.
Although the closed alpha is over, fans can look forward to the upcoming Battlefield 5 Open Beta, which will arrive sometime in early September. Before that, we’ll also be receiving the first look at a new build of the game at Gamescom 2018 in August. In the meantime, check out our hands-on experience with the closed alpha here, and what we thought of it. Battlefield 5 will be released for the PS4, Xbox One and PC on October 19, 2018.