Before its open beta launches, Battlefield V is getting another test in the form of a second closed alpha, but it doesn’t sound like a whole lot is changing since the first closed alpha.
First off, the second closed alpha is once again a PC-only affair. Previous rumors indicating that a second closed alpha was incoming had raised PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players’ hopes that their respective consoles would get a taste of Battlefield V ahead of the beta. Unfortunately, according to an announcement from publisher EA, that will not be the case.
Likewise, the second closed alpha’s content is almost exactly the same as its predecessor. That means participants will experience the same two game modes on the same map, the same weapons, and the same reinforcements. Europe and North America are also the only regions with access to the closed alpha, just like last time.
Players with access to the first closed alpha will be able to download the closed alpha client again on August 13th, with the alpha itself scheduled to go live on August 14th. More invites will go out via email to Battlefield insiders, though it’s unclear how many additional players will be added to the invite list.
So what’s new? Well, it seems like developer DICE has been looking at the hotly debated time to kill for all of the alpha’s weapons and has adjusted their damage models accordingly. The developer has detailed the changes in a recent forum post, with the controversial STG 44 assault rifle and the KAR 98 sniper rifle seeing the biggest nerfs.
Matchmaking issues that prevented players from joining squads have also been fixed, so that will be a major focus of the test as well.
To add insult to injury, the forum post suggests that console players “keep an eye on gameplay videos and streams that will likely show up shortly once the Closed Alpha has beenj launched. Let us know if you have any feedback for us.” Here’s some feedback: bring the closed alpha to consoles.
If you’re a lowly console player who won’t have access to the closed alpha, the open beta is expected to launch in a few weeks, so you won’t have that much longer to wait. You can also play Battlefield 1 or Battlefield 4 to earn new skins, some of which will transfer over to Battlefield V, through the Road to Battlefield V.
Battlefield V launches October 19th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.