Battlefield 2018, as we’re unofficially calling the next entry in the celebrated first-person shooter franchise, is still mostly a mystery. But following the series’ surprising switch from modern combat to World War I, we can’t help but be intrigued by what DICE will do next.
What we know we know
What is Battlefield 2018? Battlefield 2018 is the unofficial title for the (confirmed) next game in the Battlefield franchise. We’ll call it by its real name once we find out exactly what that is.
When will Battlefield 2018 launch? Publisher EA confirmed that the next Battlefield will launch in October 2018.
Who’s making Battlefield 2018? DICE will once again develop the next game in its bread-and-butter series.
When can I play Battlefield 2018 for the first time? EA announced that Battlefield 2018 will be playable at EA Play 2018, which takes place in Los Angeles from June 9th to June 11th, right before E3 2018.
What we think we know
What is the setting for Battlefield 2018? There’s an overwhelming amount of evidence that suggests the next Battlefield will take place during World War II. Let’s break it down.
First, a YouTuber who previously leaked a ton of correct information about Battlefield 1 claimed that Battlefield 2018 will be Battlefield: Bad Company 3. According to this leak, Bad Company 3 would be set during the Vietnam War/Cold War era. When his leak was disputed by a well-known Battlefield insider, the YouTuber then claimed that Bad Company 3 is in development at DICE LA, while Battlefield 2018 is in development at DICE Stockholm, and it will be a World War II shooter. This seemed to be corroborated by WWII weapon artwork that former and current DICE artists added to their online portfolios.
The well-known Battlefield insider then made another response video following the claims that the next Battlefield game would be set in World War II, and even admitted that the concept of DICE LA and DICE Stockholm working on two separate Battlefield games made sense. Most significantly, the YouTuber then went on to describe what he’d like to see in a World War II Battlefield game before denying that he had any idea what the next Battlefield game is. The fact that a Cold War-era Bad Company 3 was so vehemently denied while the concept of a World War II Battlefield was thoroughly entertained might be a major clue that the next Battlefield game will pick up where Battlefield 1942 and Battlefield 1943 left off.
The most solid evidence, however, that the next Battlefield will be set in World War II came from an anonymous source close to EA and DICE, who stated that the next Battlefield will be set during World War II and will be called Battlefield V.
What platforms will Battlefield 2018 launch for? We’re almost certain Battlefield 2018 will continue the series’ recent multiplatform tradition and launch for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, but neither EA or DICE have confirmed this.
When will DICE reveal Battlefield 2018? A video editor and director at DICE who worked on both Battlefield 1 and Star Wars Battlefront II reveal trailers tweeted in February 2018 that the team was starting production on the reveal trailer for the next Battlefield. Given that he tweeted pretty much the same thing in February 2017 for Battlefront II and that trailer launched in April 2017, we’re guessing that Battlefield 2018’s reveal trailer will debut sometime in April or May.
What classes will Battlefield 2018 have? We’re assuming that Battlefield 2018’s classes will work similarly to previous Battlefield games. That means a healing class, a class based around resupplies, a long-range scouting class, and an explosives-heavy class. Of course, with the arrival of Battlefield 1 Incursions at some point in the future, it’s possible that DICE will take some inspiration from its upcoming competitive mode and mix up the classes a little more, perhaps even favoring a system akin to those found in hero-based shooters. While this would completely change the Battlefield formula, it’s not out of the realm of possibility, considering DICE is already experimenting with one of the most definitive aspects of its series.
What modes will Battlefield 2018’s multiplayer include? Nothing is confirmed, but we can pretty much assume that Conquest—Battlefield’s signature mode—will make a return. Operations was a popular addition to the series with Battlefield 1, and if we’re dealing with the large battles of World War II in Battlefield 2018, bringing back Operations would make sense. The other new mode in Battlefield 1, Frontlines, could also make an appearance due to its popularity. It will be interesting to see if Rush, which debuted in Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and has become a mainstay of the series, will return in Battlefield 2018 due to its low server populations in Battlefield 1.
Besides these tried-and-true game modes, EA has expressed interest in incorporating battle royale modes in its multiplayer games, specifically referencing Battlefield, which had a somewhat battle royale-style mode in the form of Battlefield 3‘s Scavenger mode. It’s possible we’ll see something similar in Battlefield 2018.
Another leak suggests that Battlefield 2018 will include a cooperative multiplayer mode similar to Bad Company 2‘s Onslaught, which tasked a squad of four players with capturing Conquest-style objectives while fighting off waves of AI enemies.
What about single-player? We’re pretty sure single-player will make an obligatory return to Battlefield 2018 and that it will take after its predecessor’s single-player campaign. Instead of one long narrative, a leak suggests that Battlefield 2018’s single-player campaign will be comprised of episodic chapters similar to Battlefield 1‘s, spanning multiple theaters of World War II, most likely at least the European and Pacific theaters.
Will Battlefield 2018’s loot boxes be pay-to-win? We think EA and DICE learned their lesson with Battlefront II‘s disasterous loot box controversy and will avoid any pay-to-win accusations with Battlefield 2018. Several leaks and rumors are claiming that Battlefield 2018’s loot boxes will only contain cosmetic items and that they will expand to include character customization items instead of just weapon skins. There are also rumors that Battlefield 2018 will once again include weapon attachments on a similar scale to Battlefield 4, so it’s possible that players will be able to find scopes, grips, and muzzles in their loot boxes as well, though even that might be pushing too close to pay-to-win for EA’s liking at the moment.
What we still want to know
How will Battlefield 2018 play? Assuming that Battlefield 2018 is in fact set during World War II, EA and DICE run the risk of making a game that’s too similar to Battlefield 1 to appeal to its longtime Battlefield players, many of whom consider Battlefield 1 a more casual Battlefield experience. However, making Battlefield 2018 more similar to Battlefield 3 or Battlefield 4 runs the risk of alienating the new players earned with Battlefield 1. It will be interesting to see where Battlefield 2018 falls on the Battlefield spectrum.
Will Battlefield 2018 have a Premium Pass? One of the main reasons that so much attention is being given to Battlefield 2018’s loot boxes is that some are expecting they will replace Battlefield 1‘s Premium Pass as the big post-launch moneymaker for EA and DICE. Battlefield players have been complaining about Premium Pass and paid expansions ever since they were included in the series. In fact, the reason that Battlefront II‘s loot boxes were such a misfire was because EA and DICE were trying to eliminate the seasons pass but still needed to figure out a way to entice players enough to spend money on post-launch microtransactions. If EA and DICE decide to play it safe, Premium Pass will most likely make a return, with loot boxes relegated to the same boring Battlepacks from Battlefield 1. However, EA and DICE might also cut the price on Premium Pass and offer more exciting cosmetic loot boxes as well, combining the two ideas. It’s still too early to tell.
Who’s choosing the titles for Battlefield games? There might not be a more complicated series as far as titles go than Battlefield. The first Battlefield wasn’t even called Battlefield—it was called Battlefield 1942. This was followed by Battlefield 2, which wasn’t a direct sequel to Battlefield 1942 since it took place in a modern setting. Battlefield 3 and Battlefield 4 make sense as sequels, since they follow Battlefield 2‘s modern setting, and Battlefield 1 kind of make sense because a) it takes place during World War I and b) its combat is almost a stripped-down version of previous numbered titles. In that regard, however, Battlefield V (“V” as in “Victory” and the Roman numeral for “5”) barely makes sense at all, since it’s supposedly a sequel to Battlefield 4 but will have more in common with Battlefield 1942 and Battlefield 1943. That is, if it in fact is a World War II shooter.