During a recent Reddit AMA, Battlefield V engagement and core gameplay producer Ryan McArthur revealed that some of the new content introduced in the game’s Tides of War live service program will only be added to the game temporarily.
McArthur first stated that Tides of War’s “goal is to deliver constant updates with new things to do weekly at minimum. We will be running each chapter for a few months with new content, gameplay adjustments and constantly working to improve the game’s feature set.”
When asked to clarify about whether content introduced in one chapter will disappear once that chapter ends, McArthur responded that “previous chapter experiences will only be available for that chapter, but the content we use, maps, modes and things you earn will be there to enjoy in the base experience.”
It’s unclear exactly what McArthur meant by “previous chapter experiences.” We reached out to EA for clarification and representative told us that EA and DICE “aren’t talking much more about Tides of War until we get closer to launch.”
While it sounds like maps introduced and items you earn in each chapter will carry over to the next chapter, but it’s unclear if this means that certain weapons, vehicles or customization options will only be available to earn during specific chapters. Grand Operations, while a major selling point for Battlefield V, might also be temporary per chapter.
Part of the problem is that we still don’t really know what Tides of War actually means. Developer DICE has been slow in providing actual information about the game, instead relying on YouTubers and influencers to parcel out most of the details. We only recently got a trailer for the game’s more obscure additions in The Company, which is basically a collection of all your unlocks and customized characters. What “content” actually means in terms of Tides of War is still unclear, though we do know the first chapter will be the “Fall of Europe” and will feature the British and Nazi German armies duking it out over key points in Norway, the Netherlands, and north Africa.