Rumors are starting to swirl regarding Battlefield 2018 – whatever EA’s popular military shooter ends up actually being called this year. We do know that the next Battlefield game IS slated to release later this year, with confirmation from EA, themselves. What we don’t have just yet is the official name of the game.
Luckily, there are some leaks and reliable rumors that are suggesting that the new Battlefield game coming this year will be titled Battlefield V. And on top of those leaks and rumors, there are some discernible details we’re confident in presenting.
Here’s literally everything we know about Battlefield V below, as well as rumors, and predictions.
Battlefield V Release Date
Battlefield V is confirmed to release on October 19 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. However, if you use EA Access you can try the game on October 11 and Deluxe Edition buyers can play on October 16.
Battlefield V Reveal Trailer
Battlefield V Open Beta
While the Open Beta wasn’t directly mentioned during the stream, it was revealed at the end of the trailer. There will be a Beta for Battlefield V and pre-ordering grants you early access. No date or time has been announced yet.
Battlefield V Single Player Details
During Microsoft’s press conference we got a very brief look at one of the War Stories for Battlefield V. While no gameplay was shown, we know that it’s taking place in a mountainous region. It appears to follow a resistance fighter, but to what capacity is still unknown. DICE is playing very close to the chest when it comes to Battlefield V’s single-player component.
Four player co-op makes its return to Battlefield and is now called “Combined Arms.” This appears to be a separate mode from the traditional single-player mode. War Stories is also back and will feature different episodic campaigns around characters during the war.
Battlefield V Multiplayer Details
It’s likely that we won’t immediately receive Battlefield V multiplayer details with the first reveal trailer, which historically speaking, focuses on the story and general aura around the game. The recent trend for EA is to hold all multiplayer details until their EA Play E3 conference, presenting a big multiplayer gameplay blowout then. So, that’s what we’re going to expect for now until we’re given a reason to believe we’ll be getting some details any sooner.
During EA’s press conference, DICE explained that players will have a vaulting system that lets them jump straight through windows. Users can also move stationary gun turrets to give your team a defensive advantage. We also got a look at a new multiplayer, cinematic trailer that showcased the usual chaos players have come to expect in a Battlefield title.
In the brief clip released after the EA press conference, we get a short look at some of Battlefield V’s gameplay. This includes the new building mechanic that allows players to construct cover or repair damaged vehicles/stationary guns. One of the most intriguing aspects is at the end when a player attempts to shoot down aircraft flying above. Since it appears that players can drop from these planes, being able to knock them out of sky adds a nice element of danger to spawning.
During the Battlefield V reveal stream, DICE confirmed that multiple game modes will return to the series including Operations, Conquest, and Rush. The former has been retitled Grand Operations and is described as substantially bigger. Grand Operations will take place over fours days and DICE is seeking to deliver that familiar, cinematic experience.
If your team wins on one of the days then you will receive more support in the form of tickets, ammo, and vehicles. This will be a best of three, but if a Grand Operation ends in a tie then the fourth day will determine which team is the victor. This mode will be 64 players and is believed to run about an hour long.
A new feature for Battlefield V is an item known as the Toolbox. This will be available for every class and replaces the gas mask from Battlefield 1. Users will be able to build fortifications, repair buildings, and set up machine gun nests.
There is also a greater focus on personalization thanks to a new feature dubbed The Company. Not only does this let you customize your soldier’s appearance, but it will affect how your soldier plays. As you use a certain class, more abilities and weapons will unlock. Battlefield V will let users customize their soldier’s look and what they wear into battles. All of this is unlocked by playing the game and that specific class.
Battlefield V DLC
Unlike previous Battlefield games, there will be zero expansion packs for this title. After the game’s launch, there will be multiple theaters and maps released. DICE is very focused on keeping the community together both during and after this game’s launch.
Battlefield V Battle Royale
DICE has officially confirmed that battle royale will come to Battlefield V. There were no details revealed, as they will be discussing this mode at a later date. However, DICE did explain that there will be vehicles and squad-based gameplay for this mode.
It looks like we might actually be getting a Battlefield V Battle Royale as well, according to an anonymous source for VentureBeat. The source states that DICE is working on a Battlefield V Battle Royale prototype (their language used, not mine), so that makes it sound like it’s still in the super early stages and could appear as an add-on or DLC after the game’s release. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more.
Obviously, we don’t have any sort of official word from EA, and they’ve denied comment (and likely will until they reveal it publicly). Battlefield Battle Royale definitely makes sense, given the franchise’s focus on larger scale warfare already. With Call of Duty Battle Royale also being rumored, we’re in for even more of a Battle Royale free-for-all later this year than we already have right now.
We’re expecting the Battlefield V reveal any day now, for two main reasons. First, obviously, the leaks and rumors seem to be growing by the day, and that means that EA is going to want to jump in and control their game’s message before it gets out of control and turns into something outlandish. Secondly, the big Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 reveal just happened last week, and typically speaking, they’re both announced around the same time.
What we can expect first is a simple reveal trailer, maybe even followed by some short tidbits of information regarding the game from EA Dice, themselves. And then, likely, EA will make Battlefield V a focal point of their E3 EA Play 2018 Conference, giving us a slew of more details and likely holding gameplay footage back until then.
If you all remember, EA’s reveal trailer for Battlefield 1 was first shown during a livestream reveal that sent social media into a frenzy. First, they revealed the trailer, played it twice, and then went into some of the single-player campaign details, saving the rest for E3 2016 that June. We’re expecting a similar model for this year’s reveal.
An official teaser for Battlefield V was revealed today that showcases a very, very brief glimpse of this upcoming title. The teaser displays what appears to be a person on the receiving end of a melee kill. This is clearly a Conquest game and there’s a chance it’s actual gameplay footage. At the top of the screen, we can also see the two warring factions with the one on the right appearing to be the United Kingdom and the left is the Axis powers.
There’s no word or any real details outside of this brief clip, so make sure to tune in on May 23 for the full reveal.
Electronic Arts (EA) is the Battlefield V publisher and currently owns the Battlefield IP.
Stockholm-based studio EA DICE is the developer behind all Battlefield games, and they will be developing whatever Battlefield V turns out to be.
Battlefield V will launch for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. There was no word during the reveal stream on what enhancements players can expect when playing on an Xbox One X or PS4 Pro.
As of right now, there isn’t any Battlefield V pre-order information, but the recent trend is that the game will be available for pre-order immediately following its big reveal trailer (which we’re expecting any day now). You can expect to be able to pre-order Battlefield 5 at GameStop, Amazon, and soon after, other big retailers.
There are no Battlefield V screenshots available yet.
Battlefield V Loot Boxes
An early report from USGamer (which was then later mostly corroborated by Kotaku’s sources as well) made it known that Battlefield V will have loot boxes, but they’ll be cosmetic loot boxes only. If the report is true, that means that soldier customization will make its return to the Battlefield franchise.
The report noted that someone close to the situation claims that EA didn’t take the Battlefront 2 loot box controversy lightly, and that there will be no “pay-to-win” stuff anymore.
Now, here’s where things get a bit interesting: Kotaku acknowledged that loot boxes are being discussed, but noted that it was still in its early development and hasn’t been given the greenlight just yet.
This means the final product may or may not include loot boxes, but as long as these loot boxes are cosmetic only, I don’t foresee it being taken issue with by the majority of gamers either way. Sure, there’s a stigma attached to the word loot boxes (thanks to various pay-to-win models we’ve seen in the past), but if handled properly, loot boxes can be a good addition to a game that helps provide a revenue stream to help influence future development.
During the Battlefield V live stream, DICE confirmed that there is no more Premium Pass in the game and there will be zero pay-to-win mechanics. You will no longer need to pay for modes, maps, or updates.
What we’ve gathered so far, thanks to VentureBeat, is that Battlefield 2018 is going to be called Battlefield V, and, according to the leak, it’s going to be set in WW2.
Oddly, the game was originally going by Battlefield 2 internally, meaning it would be a direct sequel to the super successful Battlefield 1 (which inarguably reinvigorated the longstanding franchise). Why they changed the name from Battlefield 2 to Battlefield V is beyond me, especially if they’re setting it in WW2 (Battlefield 2 would’ve only made sense).
It’s also not clear yet whether or not they’ll refer to it as Battlefield V (Read: Battlefield Vee) or Battlefield 5 (although Battlefield 5 is, again, likely the case).
Predicting the Reaction
Predicting the Battlefield V reaction is, admittedly, tough. On one hand, Battlefield 1 was pretty great all-around, and a sequel to that with a similar model will be welcomed. But what this year’s Battlefield has working against it is the fact that Call of Duty just had their own reawakening last year with a WW2-themed title, which might turn off a few potential players who might want another era to shoot people in.
However, for the most part, Call of Duty and Battlefield are generally different enough that it won’t be that much of a potential roadblock for Battlefield to also come with a WW2-themed game. This will also be the first main-entry Battlefield game to return back to WW2 since Battlefield 1943 in 2009, so those longtime players will likely be excited.
When we factor in the possibilities with the larger scale warfare that the Battlefield franchise is known for, a WW2 becomes a bit more exciting. Thinking along the lines of tanks, bomber planes, and other vehicles unique to the period, as well as the unique weapons, is enough to excite most fans.
Remember, after Battlefield 4‘s release, we all thought the franchise was doomed until the Battlefield 1 reveal trailer (which sent social media into an absolute frenzy). This leads me to believe that the Battlefield V reveal trailer could make or break the game.