EA has announced Battlefield V will be released on October 19 on Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4.
The launch trailer was revealed at the same time, showing off some of the new features and all of the bombastic action that the Battlefield franchise is known for.
We’ve got everything you need to know about Battlefield V below, with some added insights from senior producer Lars Gustavsson.
Battlefield V is due for release on October 19 worldwide on Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4
Battlefield V release date
Battlefield V is coming out on October 19 worldwide on Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4.
However you can get access three days earlier on October 16 if you pre-order the game.
You can also play the free trial as early as October 11 if you’re subscribed to either EA Access or Origin Access and pre-order.
There will also be a chance to get your hands on the game when EA runs the open beta, but there’s no word yet on when that will be.
Will there be a Battlefield V Battle Royale mode?
The Battle Royale genre with games like PUBG, Fortnite, and H1Z1 is taking the world by storm right now, and Call of Duty just announced it’s going to be implementing a similar mode in this year’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
But, Battlefield V hasn’t announced a mode in a similar vein… yet.
‘There’s been some pressure,’ Lars Gustavsson told Mail Esports. ‘We’re definitely inspired by it, and there’s no hiding there have been talks in corridors about it being a nice fit for Battlefield, with our dynamic worlds and our vehicles. Lots of talks and inspiring ideas, but nothing to talk about at this point.’
It was a fairly cagey answer, leaving the possibility of an announcement further down the road open. There have also been rumours of EA releasing its own standalone Battle Royale game.
What are Battlefield V War Stories?
The single player story mode for Battlefield V will once again be told through ‘War Stories,’ as it was in Battlefield 1.
These are designed to show off the more human aspect of the conflict, and will focus on smaller stories of individual soldiers and people in the war, rather than the large scale battles themselves.
One shown off at the event was in Norway in 1943, where you’re playing as a resistance fighter trying to protect the people she loves.
Battlefield V will start off with a set number of War Stories, and more will be added throughout the life cycle of the game.
‘Specifically for me it’s the War Stories where we’ll be able to portray more of the human stories and put the war into perspective,’ said Gustavsson.
War Stories is making a comeback as the single player story mode focusing on human stories
What is Battlefield V Tides of War?
Tides of War will be regularly scheduled content updates with new events and modes.
For example, you might be playing through a specific battle with some certain conditions applied to it.
There will be timed events with special rewards, and Tides of War will bring in new maps and weapons, occasionally on a similar schedule to how it happened in World War II.
What are Battlefield V Grand Operations?
Grand Operations are new to Battlefield V, but they’re essentially an evolution and an improvement on modes which have come before.
You’ll be playing through a match which will contain various maps and game types in an overall effort to come out as the victor.
It will be a fairly large time investment, perhaps upwards of an hour, and the match will take place across several in-game days.
For example you might be playing through the siege of Rotterdam, going through night and day as the city falls to ruins.
There will be up to four games within a match, and winning a game will give your side some momentum and added bonuses for the subsequent day.
An overwhelming victory on the third day can end the match early, but if both sides are on equal footing, there will be a sudden death-style last stand on the final day, with drastically reduced ammo and lives.
‘The scarcity of ammo and tickets is about bringing players together and making resources matter,’ said Gustavsson.
The action in Battlefield V will be just as hectic as ever, but will also feature realistic animations
What is Battlefield V Combined Arms?
Combined Arms is a new co-op mode in Battlefield V for up to four players.
You’ll be tasked with certain objectives across a series of levels, and EA says there will be an AI mission director which will increase or decrease the difficulty depending on how your team is doing.
All of the progress you make with your custom soldier will also carry over to the multiplayer mode.
What’s new in multiplayer?
The goal with Battlefield V is to promote team play. There are new features in multiplayer such as not being able to full back up to full health on your own, making you rely on your teammates for aid.
You’ll also have less ammo in general, and there are new animations for throwing ammunition and med packs to each other. If someone in your squad is down, you can drag them to safety and revive them there, rather than running out into fire and risking yourself.
The way fortifications work is changing too. Everyone will start with a toolkit and can make fortifications at certain locations in the world. The support class will have an expanded list to choose from, and can upgrade existing ones.
Gustavsson says you can build fortifications ‘reasonably quickly. It needs to be an investment but it can’t get in the way of good gameplay.
‘There’s no resource gathering. We sprinkle the world with locations you can build fortifications, choke points, strategic points around flags. Everyone can build and then the support player can come and add a heavy machine gun, or prepare and build stationary weapons, and so on.
‘I’m not a big twitch shooter and I’m not getting any younger, but as a support I can be successful in different ways, by fortifying the battlefield, dragging bodies to safety.’
There will be a large amount of customisation, but Battlefield V will remain dipped in history
The player customisation is being geared up to another level in Battlefield V. There has been a lot of chatter about the prosthetic arm sported by one of the characters in the trailer.
‘It’s a prosthetic from the era,’ said Gustavsson. ‘We dip the game in history. It’s quite a unique customisation item though, it’s not something you will see all the time.’
There are also a large number of new animations and gameplay mechanics to make things a little more immersive.
Characters will raise their knees higher when running through water, or they’ll stumble on rough terrain and throw their body weight into walls to stop from falling over.
Crucially though, this is all cosmetic and won’t affect gameplay.
‘All of the stumbles and everything that we want to add there to give the flavour of a believable battlefield, they won’t affect you in first person,’ said Gustavsson.
You can also do things like turn completely around while lying prone, and you can shuffle backwards while still shooting.
Weapons will also have a pattern of recoil which can be learned for the first few shots, and will then become more erratic the longer you shoot. This should reward clever trigger control from skilled players.
There won’t be a Season Pass, so all new maps and content will be added for free in updates
Will there be a Battlefield V season pass or microtransations?
Surprisingly, there won’t be a season pass for the newest game in the Battlefield franchise.
After the huge amount of backlash against the way Star Wars: Battlefront II launched last year, it seems EA doesn’t want to anger fans anymore.
All of the new in-game content, like new maps and new modes, will be made available for free in regular updates.
You will still be able to spend money on in-game cosmetics though.
Battlefield V system requirements
Operating System: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
Processor (AMD):AMD FX-6350
Processor (Intel): Core i5 6600K
RAM: 8GB RAM
Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon™ HD 7850 2GB
Graphics card (Nvidia): nVidia GeForce® GTX 660 2GB
DirectX: 11.0 Compatible video card or equivalent
Online requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection
Hard drive space: 50GB
Battlefield V Reveal Trailer
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