Battlefield V gets gameplay trailer and release date, dumps paid expansions

Today, comedian Trevor Noah revealed Battlefield V alongside numerous developers from DICE. Contrary to its modern name, it takes place in World War II, and features single-player campaign scenarios similar to Battlefield 1. For example, one of the main stories focuses on a female solider, her history, and her family. The developers said that Battlefield V tells the "untold stories of World War II" but it's unclear if they're works of fiction or historical recreations.

Some of the new features coming to the game are listed below. According to Microsoft, EA Access gives you early access to Battlefield V on October 11, 2018. The game launches on October 19 and the first multiplayer campaign will focus on the fall of Europe towards the beginning of World War II. The multiplayer campaigns will change as the title evolves in the months after launch.

  • Co-op gameplay is back.
  • A new massive mode called "Grand Operations" is being introduced with the game. It's the same as Battlefield 1's Operations but it's much larger in scale.
  • Massive improvements to destruction have been coded which should make more objects, like indoor items, react to your actions. Beforehand the indoor environments were fixed as only the walls were destroyed.
  • The Battlefield 1 gas mask has been replaced with a toolbox in Battlefield V. You can build reinforcements so the map isn't completely destroyed and you have cover towards the end of the match.
  • Your "Company" is a collection of soldiers and vehicles. You can decide how you want them to play and how they look. Think of it as a personal squad of sorts.
  • The developers stressed that it's not a pay-to-win experience. Even the Premium Pass and paid expansions have been removed so that the player base isn't fragmented.
  • The launch is just the beginning of the journey, and it seems like the multiplayer modes will evolve as time goes on. DICE wants to take you through the entire war and that will happen over months. We'll get to experience the beginning of World War II and the very end eventually.
  • Lastly, vehicle customization is finally being introduced with Battlefield V. This was a much-requested feature and it's great to see that it's part of the new game after all these years.

Hopefully the game will be a polished experience on Xbox One when it launches towards the end of the year. Noah also stated that the game "plays best on Xbox One" meaning that it features Xbox One X support. Battlefield V is undoubtedly one of the biggest games of 2018, and it's great to see that Microsoft is associating itself with this experience.

Battlefield V on Xbox One X supports "4K Ultra HD", "HDR10" and "Variable Refresh Rate". The game probably achieves native 4K resolution at 60 FPS just like Star Wars Battlefront II. We'll keep you posted as soon as we know more about the game.

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