Those of you who have been biting your nails over the lack of private servers in Battlefield 5 can finally rest, at least a little bit. DICE and EA have finally confirmed that the Rented Server Program (or RPS for short) is actually coming to Battlefield 5. They’ve decided to change the name, though, and instead will be rebranding it to “Private Games”. Either way, communities will finally have a way to manage their own servers, which is something many fans have been waiting for since release.
The initial release for the newly branded Private Games will come sometime after this summer. Whether that’s early fall, or later in the winter remains to be seen. Either way, DICE and EA will be making the tools available to all Battlefield 5 players, and the base level of the Private Games’ tools will be available to everyone for absolutely free.
Over time, DICE and EA have plans to evolve the service even more over the following months after release, but for now they have settled on what players can expect to see in the initial release. The core functionality for Private Games will include the following:
- Ability to create private game from the main menu.
- Set custom name, description, and password for the server.
- Control which maps and game modes are available.
- Control the number of players needed to start a round.
- Kick players from the game.
- Control which classes, weapons, and vehicles are allowed.
- Turn kill cam on or off.
- Turn regenerating health on or off.
- Change soldier tag visibility.
- Enable or disable third-person camera.
- Enable Squad Leader spawn only.
- Enable or disable aim assist auto rotation and cooldown.
- Control bullet damage scaling and game mode ticket scaling.
- Control soldier and vehicle respawn timers.
- Enable or disable the mini map.
- Enable or disable the compass.
Players will also find that they can apply a pre-set configuration like Vanilla, Infantry Only, DICE-authored, and so on. Renters will also be able to administrate and manage their server settings and save their settings as custom preset for easy application later on. The ability to manually switch players between teams, report private games, and even have the description of your Private Game show up on the loading screen.
According to DICE and EA, this is just the beginning of the support that players will find in the new Private Games that are coming to Battlefield 5 later this year. At this time, DICE and EA haven’t verified whether or not the Private Games will be available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, though the way they talk in the official community post does appear to provide support for all platforms. We’ve reached out to verify this information, though, and will update when we learn more.
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Shackbattles will finally be possible? And private games are free to create and host so that's cool. Probably won't be enough interest by then but you never know.