Electronic Arts (EA) has debuted the next entry in its Battlefield shooter series, following a brief reveal event in May. While its initial trailer left many with mixed opinions, further details have pitched a promising future for the title.
Here we wrap up everything you should know about Battlefield V, ahead of its launch this fall.
Battlefield V single-player: War Stories and Combined Arms co-op
Battlefield V focuses on the Second World War, revisiting conflicts that defined franchise roots in Battlefield 1942. Straying away from time-worn tales of iconic Western Front encounters, the game is set to offer a fresh angle through new viewpoints on its battles. Uncovering "unseen locations and untold stories," its developer promises to deliver fresh concepts through its narrative-driven experiences.
"War Stories" return for Battlefield V, offering the same unique approach to single-player first debuted in Battlefield 1. Broken down into multiple standalone tales, this allows for vastly different themes and gameplay opportunities. Provided Battlefield V's War Stories build on the strengths of what Battlefield 1 offered, solo players could be in for a treat.
Electronic Arts has also touched on a new "Combined Arms" mode, bringing cooperative gameplay back to the Battlefield franchise. This mode will feature narrative-driven objectives while emphasizing survival as a four-player team. Without a dedicated cooperative mode since Battlefield 3, we'll have to wait and see how the studio approaches its revival.
Battlefield V multiplayer: Grand Operations and Fortifications
Wide-scale conflicts remain at the heart of Battlefield V, pushing its expansive multiplayer sandbox to new limits. Like its predecessors, the game pushes chaotic, high player-count warfare, promising a balance of deep combat and open-ended possibilities. Infantry-based shootouts and vehicular combat culminate with large destructive environments, embracing the series's strengths.
Classic game modes return for Battlefield V, including Conquest, Frontlines, Domination, Team Deathmatch and Breakthrough. Battlefield 1's Operations also return on a larger scale, now known as "Grand Operations." The four class roles also return, with alterations to account for other gameplay changes.
Battlefield V is also jumping onto the battle royale trend, with a new "Royale" mode inspired by the success of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite. Although DICE has withheld most details on the mode, Royale is expected to embrace the "core pillars" of the franchise, with destruction, vehicles, and team play all featured. More information on the mode is set for later this year, potentially at Gamescom 2018.
Fortifications are a new addition this time around, ushering in a building element to objective-driven modes. All players will be equipped with a dedicated toolkit, utilized to build structures such as sandbags, trenches, and barbed wire. These fortifications can be assembled in set locations within objective perimeters to help defend against incoming attackers. Support roles also gain a new responsibility, with the ability to summon machine gun nests and other advanced structures.
Changes have also been made to some existing systems, further altering the roles of Medics and Support soldiers. A new revive system means that any player can revive teammates, through a less effective, slower animation. This has also been paired with a new drag ability, to pull downed allies into cover. Don't worry, Medics haven't been made obsolete – the class is still required to heal and revive allies with full health.
Ammunition is now a lot scarcer, too, making it a more valuable resource across most multiplayer modes. Spawning in with fewer rounds per life, players will need to keep topped up and think when to shoot. Scavenging downed soldiers is now a reliable way to secure more shots, while Support's resupply becomes more crucial to the team.
It might seem pedantic to some, but new animations in Battlefield V could have a drastic effect on how the gameplay plays out. Movement is set to be more natural and dynamic, further enhancing the "flow" between actions. For example, players can now crawl backward with their feet facing forward, similar to more tactical shooters like Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege.
This natural movement also extends to general combat, introducing odd nuisances missed in other shooters. Soldiers can now subtly trip and stumble in the chaos of warfare, while large explosions will knock them off their feet. Deeper environment interaction also brings new animations for catching thrown ammunition, revivals, and vaulting.
Battlefield V progression: Customization, skins, no loot boxes
Traditional player progression returns for Battlefield V, assigning player ranks, class ranks and rewards for doing so. Progression and customization now fall under your "Company," collecting unlocks in a single location.
As previously was the case, players will be able to forge bespoke loadouts for each class. This pairs with the new "archetypes" system, which assigns preset loadouts within each class and adjusts roles mid-combat. These new systems are yet to be widely discussed, though we can expect deeper breakdown closer to launch.
Battlefield V also ramps up cosmetic customization, allowing for further player expression. Classes can be customized by race, gender, face paint, clothing, and headgear, with new options unlockable as you play. Similar flexibility extends to weapons and vehicles, with cosmetic attachments beyond simple weapon skins.
Most significantly, Battlefield V ditches "Battlepacks" – infamous loot boxes present across recent franchise entries. Electronic Arts will likely introduce a form of microtransactions to support the game's free downloadable content (DLC) model, though it's unclear how such a system will be implemented.
Where to buy Battlefield V: Release date, price and preorders
Battlefield V is set to be released for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on October 19, 2018, though routes to guarantee early access are available. Subscribers to EA Access on Xbox One and Origin Access on PC can expect to play a trial from October 11, which grants 10 hours of limited gameplay before you buy.
Buyers of the Battlefield V Deluxe Edition will gain early access three days before release on October 16. While available later than the EA Access trial, this will be the complete package with no time or content restrictions. This premium copy also promises five sets of paratrooper apparel, challenges, and bonus customizations options.
Battlefield V's Standard Edition is expected to cost $59.99 on all platforms, while its Deluxe Edition will cost $79.99. Trials on EA Access and Origin Access are available under their respective subscriptions, starting at $4.99 per month.
Preorders for Battlefield V are live across most major retailers worldwide, including the Microsoft Store, Amazon, GameStop and Best Buy in the U.S. Participating retailers will also bundle further benefits, including an exclusive in-game outfit, special assignments, and five weapons in Battlefield 1. Early purchases will grant access to the Battlefield V closed beta, expected in the months prior to release.
After launch, Battlefield V will be supported by free content updates, abandoning the game's paid Premium season pass and DLC packs. Maps and modes will be available to all players, preventing its community from being fragmented later down the line.
The war awaits
Details on Battlefield V are limited, though a deeper unveiling is expected in the months ahead. Following E3 2018, Gamescom 2018 awaits in August. Are you looking forward to Battlefield V? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Updated June 27, 2018: This article has been updated to reflect unveilings at E3 2018.
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