Battlefield V is getting a new Grand Operation inspired by the real-life Battle of Hannut very soon, as detailed in a recent blog post.
In the Hannut Operation, the Allies are attempting to stop the Axis’ blitzkrieg through Belgium on their way to the Netherlands. That means Allies will be the defending team, and the Axis will be the attacking team.
The first two days of the Grand Op will take place on Panzerstorm. The first day’s mode will be Airborne, and it will take place at night, according to DICE level designer Matt Wagner. The second day will be Breakthrough, and that one will take place during the day.
The third day moves the Grand Op to Arras, where players will get their frist taste of Rush in Battlefield V. Unlike traditional Rush, however, the Grand Op Rush will be a 64-player match, as opposed to 24- or 32-player matches. In Rush, the attacking team must arm a series of objectives, while defenders must stop them and eliminate all their respawn tickets. A standalone 32-player Rush will launch on March 7th as a limited-time mode.
The final day, if there’s a tie, will be a Final Stand match, though that seems extremely rare, especially considering it’s kind of impossible to tie on Rush.
The Hannut Grand Operation will launch on February 21st. That same day, Battlefield V‘s next Tides of War weekly challenges will start, with the reward being the British Archer tank.
DICE recently adjusted Panzerstorm to make it a little friendlier to infantry while maintaining vehicle dominance, and this Grand Operation will mark the first opportunity that players can experience game modes other than Conquest on the Belgium-set map. Some fans of history have noted that the Battle of Hannut didn’t involve British soldiers at all while Battlefield V‘s Battle of Hannut is a battle between Germans and the English. DICE has yet to comment on this discrepancy.