Update #2: After a brief delay, Battlefield V announced on Twitter that its first major content update, “Overture,” is launching tomorrow, December 5th. Developer DICE has yet to reveal the exact time that the update is launching.
Update #1: Battlefield V developer DICE stated during its recent “Overture” stream that the free update has been delayed following a “couple of snags” it experienced during the patch’s certification process. DICE hasn’t yet revealed when Overture will launch.
Original Story: Battlefield V‘s first Tides of War chapter, “Overture,” is launching tomorrow, and its launch trailer shows off some of the tank-filled goodness coming with the game’s first free update.
The main focus of the Overture trailer is the fourth and final chapter in Battlefield V‘s single-player War Stories campaign, “The Last Tiger.” Taking place during the waning days of World War II’s European theater, “The Last Tiger” features the crew of a lone Tiger I tank holding out in Germany against the impending march of Allied victory. It looks gritty, dark, and unusually philosophical, as the crew begins to question the ideology that brought them to this point.
The other big star of the Overture trailer is the new map coming to Battlefield V‘s multiplayer. According to an accompanying blog post, Panzerstorm is “loosely based on the Battle of Hannut” in Belgium, which was the largest tank battle during the Battle of Belgium in 1940. While the real-life version of that historical battle was mostly fought by the French and Belgian armies holding off the German onslaught, Battlefield V‘s version will feature the British and Germans duking it out. The map can host a maximum of 20 tanks at any given time, with several fighter planes and bombers attacking them from the air. If you’re an infantry player, you better get ready to take out that shovel and dig some trenches for cover.
Fortunately, it looks like the French will at least get some representation in the form of new weapons coming with this update. Besides the Vickers K machinegun, which we knew was coming with Overture, the trailer features quick glimpses of two other previously unknown weapons. One of them is most certainly the Lebel Model 1886, a bolt-action rifle that previously appeared in Battlefield 1. The other looks like a semi-auto rifle, judging by its detachable magazine.
Finally, the trailer reveals a brief look at the Practice Range, which will feature different activities for players to test their skills with Battlefield V‘s weapons and vehicles.
As with all future Tides of War content, Overture is a free update for all Battlefield V owners, after developer DICE ditched its former Premium Pass paid DLC model. On top of the new content, Overture will feature new weekly challenges that players can complete to earn exclusive Company items (and potentially the new weaponry as well).
Upcoming Tides of War chapters will introduce new modes, like the cooperative Combined Arms and battle royale Firestorm, which is expected to launch in March 2019.
Battlefield V is available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.