Update 2: In a statement to Polygon, EA confirmed that, while you will be able to earn cosmetics through gameplay, some cosmetic items will also be sold directly. In other words, you’ll be able to spend real-world money on in-game content, but what you get for spending cash won’t be randomized and you won’t be able to purchase anything that has an impact on gameplay.
Update: In another exciting development, Kotaku received confirmation from EA that Battlefield V will have no loot boxes of any kind.
Original story: Battlefield V won’t have a Premium Pass, the developers have revealed.
Speaking on a livestream reveal event, EA DICE has promised that players won’t need to pay any extra money in order to play that game. While the subject came up in the context of Battlefield V‘s new character customization, with the developers promising that there won’t be any gear that affects gameplay locked behind microtransactions, the concept also applies on a larger scale. Players won’t need to pay for a Premium Pass or pay for expansion packs.
In place of the expansions, Battlefield V will have differently themed chapters based on different parts of World War II. EA is called the approach Tides of War. The first of these will appear in November, and will cover the fall of Europe and the rise of the German War Machine. According to the developers, one of the goals of Battlefield V is to have all players on the same page, so this content will appear entirely for free without any features locked behind a paywall. Playing the game will be the only way to improve and get better gear, and all players will be able to play all of the content.
Battlefield V will also feature more in-depth character customization, allowing players to move from being an anonymous soldier to one with a history and a personality. Your soldiers will improve alongside you. All of this content, too, will be free and unlockable in-game, without any microtransactions.
Battlefield V launches on October 19th for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. The Deluxe Edition will let players hop in three days earlier, on the 16th, while EA and Origin Access subscribers will be able to try out the game even sooner with a Play First Trial beginning October 11th.