lack of programmers/designers? low morale? lack of funding?
i'll ask a different question: what comes first? the chicken or the egg? the effort or the profit? well according to EA, profit comes first and with no profit there is no effort. now, say what you will about FIFA being monstreous cash cows, the technical support for those games are in a completely different level than Battlefield V... and it's no small part due to the massive playerbase the FIFA games have to support. it seems to me at least that EA don't see value in fixing Battlefield V, therefore don't allow DICE to allocate proper resources to support Battlefield V properly. they don't see how effort can earn them profit, the loop they see is: profit> effort> profit. they are waiting for us to spend money on microtransactions, which probably aren't balancing the bottom line for EA's shareholders. don't know about you guys, I never spend a dime on microtransactions in this game since launch, the game didn't earn in, there was no effort.
I don't think after all these years DICE have actually become this incompetent, almost a year after a game's release, there is no way a game can be in such a poor state simply due to lack of programming and design skills. to me it seems like it's a systemic problem and EA's inablity to see long term goals in maintaining a game like Battlefield V.
Ubisoft understood the true value in their games, and both Rainbow Six: Siege and For Honor are supported well, have managed to form a community/live service symbiosis that is mutually benefitial. what's even funnier that there is precedence for a comeback, in DICE's own history with both Battlefield 4 which was arguably in an even poorer state than Battlefield V is now, and more recently with Battlefront II. the difference might be, that those games sold relatively well, and met some quarterly goals for shareholders, while Battlefield V did not, herefore it doesn't get the same support.
what's worse for Battlefield V is that the fixes for the game are mostly well known, easily tracable, yet remain there for far longer than they would be in other games... and the community? it's never been this pessimistic about a Battlefield game like that before, and with good reason, we are almost a year into the game's live service and we see very little progress. there are people here who want to see this game die, whether it is in bad faith or from genuine vindictive disappointment, I don't quite remember such a constant feeling of hopelessness. think about it, Battlefield V was supposed to be THE return to the roots of Battlefield, it's WORLD WAR II, it's THE World war II game to play now, and this game, this monumentaly important game in maintaining not just the legacy of Battlefield, but the legacy of the greatest human conflict in history is such a whimper of a game. it's such a shame, because I do see and have always seen the potential in Battlefield V and deep down, I really do want this game to make it's grand comeback and prove everyone wrong.
instead it feels like we're in the endgame and that fantasy of Battlefield V's grand comeback in nothing but daydreaming. I even see more Battlefront II in the gaming news, as if DICE see that game more profitable in the long term, as if DICE will have abandon Battlefield V after Chapter 5, and not because they want to, but because they are not allowed to...