EA have revealed Battlefield V, the latest game in the long-running series, along with a massive amount of new details on the game - and we've got everything you need to know.
Scroll down for all the details on Battlefield 5 - including release date, beta, PC version, battle royale, setting, co-op, DLC, modes, and more!
Battlefield V Release Date and Early Access
Battlefield V will release on October 19 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Origin for PC.
Anyone who pre-orders the Deluxe Edition will get early access three days early on October 16, and EA Access and Origin Access members will be able to jump into the Play First Trial on October 11.
Battlefield V Open Beta
There will be an open beta before the game's release, which everyone can join. EA has not yet specified when this will happen.
However, players that pre-order any version of the game with the Battlefield V "Enlister Offer" will get early access to the Open Beta - as well as other in-game benefits including customization options, access to Special Assignments starting at launch week and five weapons to use in Battlefield 1.
Battlefield V Setting
As expected, Battlefield V will be set in World War Two, but DICE will be avoiding the more famous skirmishes of the war.
"Our vision with Battlefield V is to let players explore new and untold sides of the conflict that shaped the modern world," said Oskar Gabrielson, General Manager at DICE. The game will cover areas such as the Northern African campaign, the Battle of Rotterdam, and the occupation of Norway.
Battlefield V Modes
Here are all the modes and systems we know so far:
Single-Player Campaign - War Stories: This returns from Battlefield 1, and is the game's version of a single-player campaign - a series of small campaigns featuring different characters. From the press release - "Witness the conflict through the eyes of men and women of World War 2 and experience untold stories of human drama, filled with Battlefield moments. Experience the freezing Norwegian landscapes as a young Norwegian resistance fighter or come ashore into the desert heat of North Africa - and more." Battlefield 1 only had six of these, although Battlefield 5 will see new ones added as content updates.
Grand Operations: Long-form, massive multiplayer operations that take place over several in-game days and can last for over an hour. Losing teams will face difficult obstacles, such as less ammo. EA describes this mode as having "multimap, multi-mode dynamic events take players through vast historical battles to relive moments of bravery and desperation while fighting to the final objective"
Combined Arms: a four-player co-op mode where soldiers take on a series of missions with other players, where an AI mission director will add in new obstacles and spawn enemies - very similar to Left 4 Dead or Warhammer: Vermintide.
Fortifications: All classes will have access to a Fortnite-like build tool that can add defences such as fortifying buildings, gun emplacements, sandbags, and even traps. The Support class will be able to do this faster. Even previously static emplacements such as gun turrets can be moved, by vehicle. All this will cost resources but it'll be interesting to see what players do with it.
Tides of War: EA's roll-out of new content has a name. EA describes the Tides of War as being "created to make sure the battlefield is constantly evolving with new events, challenges, battles, and rewards that are always within reach – for all Battlefield V owners". New sides will also get added. This replaces the Season Pass... see below for that.
Battlefield V Season Pass, Loot Boxes and Microtransactions
Much like Star Wars Battlefront 2, EA have announced that Battlefield 5 will NOT have a Premium Pass. Instead, the game will feature a roll-out of content called Tides of War, with events loosely tied to how World War II progressed. It will be free to all players.
There will be no Loot Boxes of any kind - good, after the disaster that was Star Wars Battlefront 2. If there are microtransactions they will be cosmetic only, and DICE are keen to emphasize that they will have no impact on gameplay - and can even still be unlocked by gameplay.
Battlefield V Battle Royale?
The one popular mode that doesn't seem to be featured in Battlefield 5 is a battle royale mode, although the game comes close to it in Day Four (the final day) of the Grand Operations mode. Players have limited ammo, no respawns, and the last player standing is the winner. While very PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, this is only a small - and potentially optional - part of a larger Grand Operations match.
In an interview with Eurogamer when asked about a battle royale mode, DICE's creative director Lars Gustavsson said, "there's definitely talks happening and lots of excitement at where the market is heading, but there's nothing we can talk about". However, the basics are definitely in Battlefield 5 already and apparently it's been prototyped, so battle royale may come to the game in the Tides of War at some point.
Battlefield V PC Version
EA have partnered with Nvidia on Battlefield 5 for PC, much like how Square Enix did with the excellent Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition. They say that DICE and Nvidia are working together "to bring the best aspects of the GeForce gaming platform to bear for PC gamers, meaning GeForce Experience will deliver Game Ready drivers, Optimal Playable settings, and other NVIDIA-platform features for Battlefield V. In addition, we are working on integrating cutting-edge technologies, optimizing performance, and creating the definitive PC experience." If it's anything like Final Fantasy XV, most of the best graphical features should also be available to ATI Radeon owners too.
Battlefield V First Trailer
Here you go!