Battlefield V is now available for preorder. If you opt for the Deluxe Edition, you'll be able to start playing on October 16, and if you subscribe to EA Access, you'll be able to hop over a week earlier on October 11.Players that preorder any edition of the game with the Battlefield V Enlister Offer gain early access to the Open Beta and other in-game benefits including soldier customization options, access to Special Assignments starting at launch week and immediate access to five weapons to use in Battlefield 5.
As suspected, the setting for Battlefield V will be World War 2, but instead of focusing on the most famous battles from that conflict – Normandy, Berlin, Dunkirk – developer DICE is seeking to focus on the untold stories set in the unexplored corners. One of the stories that was teased focused on a young female resistance fighter trying to save her family in the top of Norway, North of the Arctic Circle.
Battlefield 5 also contains a new co-operative mode called Combined Arms. You'll play in a squad of up to four, cast in the role of a paratrooper. Your job, along with your teammates, is to go in behind enemy lines, ideally stay undetected, and complete objectives. These tasks are dynamic, and there is a strong risk-reward aspect – you can choose to extract early and play it safe, or go deeper into enemy territory for a bigger reward. It's being referred to as a way to "learn the ropes" of Battlefield for newcomers.
Finally, there was another rumour of Battlefield V having its own Battle Royale mode. Well, not quite. Tight games of Grand Operations – Battlefield's multi-round epic game mode – will now culminate in an extra round, known as Last Stand. Essentially, it's sudden death. You've been fighting for four rounds which equate to four in-game days, and resources are low. All remaining players will fight until one player remains, and a winner is determined. But staying in a squad is heavily incentivised as it's the only way to net yourself health and ammo. This is not a standalone mode, but the final round of Grand Operations.In an expanded presentation to IGN, DICE delved much more into some of the changes they're making to Battlefield V, and you can read all about them in this article:
Finally, EA also announced that Battlefield 5 would get rid of the Premium Pass, releasing its major post-release content for free. So that means no more paying for modes and no more segmentation of the community. Instead, the game will introduce something called Tides of War, which is how DICE will roll out new content for the game and allow players to earn in-game rewards, including limited-time gear such as dog tags, soldier skins, and face paint.
To coincide with the announcement, EA is making Battlefield 4's Final Stand and Battlefield 1's In the Name of the Tsar free for a limited time.