Get your barbed cricket bats out, it’s almost time! Our favourite series – Battlefield – is returning with Battlefield V (BF: V) in October this year. The trailer dropped today and it’s clear the BF: V is set to return to World War II era combat. While this doesn’t necessarily excite us all that much – we were hoping for Vietnam or BF a decade in the future – after going over the trailer, BF: V might be a bit more interesting than the World War II backdrop lets on. We’ve noticed a few details; like the commando with a katana on his back, the Englishwoman with a hook for a hand and a barbed cricket bat, a more dynamic movement model, and soldiers building sandbag walls mid-combat. All things that suggest that this game will be the update the Battlefield franchise has been needing for years.
“Battlefield V is a homecoming for DICE as a studio—a return to the era that came to define the Battlefield franchise…we wanted to challenge the preconception of the era with an unexpected portrayal of this familiar setting. Our vision with Battlefield V is to let players explore new and untold sides of the conflict that shaped the modern world,” – Oskar Gabrielson, General Manager, DICE.
According to the EA press release, soldiers can now tow stationary weapons like AA guns, build fortifications and repair war-torn structures to turn the battlefield to the player’s advantage. We doubt this will result in Fortnite style building but instead, you’ll probably be able to move sandbags as seen in the trailer and build/repair barricades, doors and windows. You will be able to drag downed teammates, who won’t be able to be revived as quickly or easily as previous BF titles and the press release states that you can “shoot grenades out of the sky”, which will undoubtedly lead to some pretty amazing compilation videos. Everyone’s favourite aspect of the Frostbite engine – destruction – is also said to have been improved, using physics over pre-animated destruction sequences.
There will be a new, larger multiplayer mode that cover multiple maps and game modes (Grand Operations), similar to Operations from BF 1. Of course, the classics like 64 player conquest will be present as well. Players will also be able to customize their characters more deeply than before, perhaps accounting for the presence of the katana, hook hand, and barbed cricket bat in the trailer. And interestingly, for the first time in many, many titles, there won’t be a premium pass. All content will be accessible to all players at the same time, so no more two-tier class system for Battlefield!
War Stories will make an appearance too for single player. These short single player stories were a great way to throw players into the ‘Great War’ in Battlefield 1, giving a sliver of insight into how it would feel to be a young person being told to charge directly into machine gun fire. Absolutely terrifying. In BF: V War Stories will let gamers witness the bloodiest war in human history through the eyes of men and women who gave their lives in Europe, Africa and other theatres of war.
Get the first look at Battlefield V and World War 2 as never seen before at www.battlefield.com. Tune in to the EA PLAY Press Conference on June 9th when we debut Grand Operations to the world. Battlefield V will be available worldwide October 19th on Xbox One, PlayStation®4 and Origin for PC.