Now that we’re pretty much convinced the next Battlefield will be called Battlefield V and that it will be set during World War II, we’re hungry for more actual details about the game. Thankfully, VentureBeat, which broke the story about the title and setting, has provided some more information about what we can expect from Battlefield V, and it could include a return of one of the series’ best modes.
According to VentureBeat, Battlefield V‘s campaign will be structured similarly to Battlefield 1‘s campaign, with episodic chapters spanning the different theaters of World War II. The actual theaters were not detailed in the report, but we have to imagine that means that Battlefield V will at least cover the European and Pacific theaters, if not the Middle East and African theater as well.
In addition to the single-player campaign, DICE is reportedly working on a cooperative multiplayer mode that will task squads with playing through “randomly generated Conquest missions.” If that sounds familiar, that’s because it’s basically the description for Battlefield: Bad Company 2‘s Onslaught mode, in which a squad of up to four players would make their way across Bad Company 2‘s multiplayer maps, capturing a sequence of Conquest points while fighting of waves of AI enemies. It is (in my opinion) one of the most underrated modes ever in a Battlefield game, and it would be awesome to see it return in a World War II setting.
VentureBeat also addressed Battlefield V‘s loot boxes, confirming that they would contain cosmetic-only items, though a previous report from Kotaku suggests that the next Battlefield’s loot boxes remain in flux.
Finally, a smaller gameplay detail that VentureBeat reportedly confirmed is that players can now go prone on their backs à la Rainbow Six Siege, though it’s somewhat unclear to me how this will give players a tactical advantage in a more large-scale shooter like Battlefield.
VentureBeat’s latest report is somewhat in response to leaks posted by the same person who supplied the reported title screen image for Battlefield V. This person is a member of YouTuber Drakesden’s Discord channel. Perhaps coincidentally, Drakesden recently posted a somewhat extensive video claiming to provide details about the next Battlefield, without referring to the game as Battlefield V. The source for this information is unclear, and VentureBeat claimed in its report that the source from Drakesden’s Discord channel got some information wrong.