Developer DICE recently confirmed that Battlefield V will launch with the British and German armies as the only playable “factions” in the game.
This announcement, which was hinted at in the May 23rd reveal event for the game, comes from a blog post in which DICE detailed Tides of War and The Company, two new systems debuting in Battlefield V.
DICE hinted during the reveal event that Battlefield V‘s multiplayer would focus on the fall of Europe and the rise of the Nazi war machine at launch, and the latest blog post confirms that Great Britain and Germany will provide the sole playable armies in multiplayer. More theaters and factions will be added to the game’s multiplayer every few months via Tides of War, Battlefield V‘s version of free live service updates and will replace Premium Pass, the paid-for expansion passes that debuted with Battlefield 3. Over the course of the game’s lifespan, Tides of War will introduce new theaters (i.e. new maps and modes) to Battlefield V free-of-charge, though DICE has yet to reveal what theaters we can expect.
In addition to periodically introducing new maps and modes, Tides of War ties into Battlefield V‘s Company by constantly giving players new items to unlock, such as weapon skins and character customization options. DICE has already rolled out a preview of how this system will work in Battlefield 1 with its “Road to Battlefield V” challenges, which task players with earning a certain amount of points to unlock a new selection of items, including weapon skins for Battlefield V.
The blog post also gives a little more insight into how Battlefield V‘s Company will work. Essentially, The Company is a system that allows players to save their customized soldiers and vehicles, right down to what face paint they’re wearing. Not only will this make it easier for players to switch between their favorite cosmetic looks, but it will also give players the ability to quickly move from one class archetype to another between respawns during a match. While the classes of Scout, Medic, Assault, and Support are all returning from Battlefield 1, Battlefield V‘s new class archetypes will offer a variety of different class-related gadgets. How these archetypes will affect the player’s weapon choice is still unclear, though we should find out soon enough when we go hands-on with Battlefield V at EA Play.
Battlefield V is launching for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on October 19th.