Yesterday saw the launch event of Battlefield V (or Battlefield 5 as some are calling it). After the success of Battlefield 1 it was widely thought to take place in WW2, although there were some rumour’s of it actually being based on the Vietnam war. However, the initial thoughts were correct and the game will indeed be set in World War 2. EA Access members will be able to play on October 11th, with the Deluxe Edition following on the 16th, and the standard edition on October 19th. Anyone who pre-orders the game will also gain access to the Beta.
We already know that Battlefield V will continue the smaller “vignette” story missions as opposed to a larger continuous campaign. In my opinion this worked extremely well in BF1, so much so that it’s rumoured to be a feature in Black Ops 4 later this year. There will also be a four player co-op mode called “Combined Ops” where your team have to stay undetected behind enemy lines in order to complete an objective.
EA are also ditching the season pass (and loot boxes) for BFV, instead focusing on smaller daily and weekly events to be rolled out across the games life, called Tides of War. There is a rumored Battle Royale mode coming as well.
The official website lists ten things that are new, different and key to Battlefield V.
1. Deeper Squad Play
As the trailer kicks off, a squad is knee-deep in an intense battle, storming a house on the French countryside. Things don’t go as planned, but through teamplay – like the ability to drag downed squad mates to safety and reviving them – you can improve the odds when playing Battlefield V. Team work is even more important this time around, since it generates squad points which will help your team win the day. More on that later!
2. Feeling the impact of the battlefield
The aforementioned house won’t survive long, as it gets in the way of both bullets and tanks. With Battlefield V, we want to ground you in the battlefield to an even larger extent. Through a complete overhaul of our animation system, you’ll feel how the world impacts you – and how you impact the world. You’ll experience this in many ways, from your soldier backpedaling on the ground to an explosive shockwave impacting its surroundings.
3. Towing Stationary Weapons
Just shy of a minute into the trailer, you can spot a British Valentine tank towing a Flak-38 stationary weapon towards a new, strategic location. And yes, the Flak-38 is fully functional even when being towed. We want you to use the hardware you find to turn the battlefield to your advantage. This makes every match and map different each time you play it. We can’t wait to see you using towing for new takes on classic Battlefield moves – like the ultimate drive-by.
4. Soldiers that Look and Play Differently Than Any Other Soldier on the Battlefield
The squad in the trailer does not have your basic look or gear. These soldiers are part of an evolved Company which, through many battles, has earned high-end customization items, many of which are inspired by the untold stories of WW2. Watch the trailer again – it will be hard to find two soldiers that look alike. The customization is not just about vanity – you’ll spot soldiers wielding anything from customized sniper rifles to anti-tank gear, each filling a unique role on the battlefield that they’ve chosen to fit their playstyle.
5. Fortifications and Repairs
A few moments later, we pick up a dropped weapon from the ground – but did you notice the work being done in the background? Teammates are fortifying their position, building a wall of sandbags, and assembling a stationary weapon. When we launch, you’ll be able to repair and fortify structures to gain the upper hand against attackers.
6. Destruction as a Tactic
A refined destruction system in Battlefield V allows you to push through larger objects like the house in the opening, creating new tactical options. The destruction is also more granular than before, and you’ll see how weapons of different caliber create different bullet holes and splinters when penetrating walls.
7. Throw Back and Shoot Grenades in Mid-air
With an evolved grenade system, you’ll be able to pull off some goose bump-inducing moves, like the one around the one-minute-thirty mark. Not only can grenades be thrown back, they can be shot in mid-air, which may create some truly epic Battlefield moments – especially if an enemy plane happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
8. Customized Vehicles and Weapons
Every battle is different in Battlefield V. Every story is untold – and every soldier is unique. We want you to make your tools of the trade feel like your own, personal gear. You’ll see a lot of personalized weapons and vehicles in the trailer, and we can’t wait to see what you come up with when you deploy on the battlefield.
9. New Settings and a Unique Take on World War 2
Creating this map and choosing this period of WW2 is a good example of our main Battlefield V ambition: letting you visit lesser known battlefields. The surroundings seen are based on events leading up to the evacuation of Dunkirk, in an era where German tank warfare reached its peak. Overall, it’s WW2 like you’ve never seen it before. However, it’s also a classic, all-out battlefield experience where infantry, tank, and planes clash. As you fight in the marshlands and dense vegetation surrounding the center piece – a partially destroyed Escaut Bridge – there’s a place for every playstyle. Will you go for the close-range assault style, locking down the path across the bridge? Or will you rule the skies as the pilot of a Spitfire and bring death from above to anything that moves? Your call.
10. Call in Devastating Reinforcements
The trailer goes out with a bang when a V1 Rocket is fired. The V1 and other powerful Reinforcements can be called in by a Squad Leader who has earned enough squad points. Again – team play will pay off! We’ll cover improved squad play, Reinforcements, and other multiplayer innovations in more detail at EA Play on June 9th.