Battlefield V is a first-person shooter (FPS) video game developed by EA DICE and published by Electronic Arts. Battlefield V is the sixteenth installment in the Battlefield series. It was released worldwide for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on November 20, 2018. Those who pre-ordered the Deluxe Edition of the game were granted early access to the game on November 15, 2018, and Origin Access Premium subscribers on PC received access to the game on November 9, 2018. The game is based on World War II and is a thematic continuation of its World War I based precursor Battlefield 1.
Pre-release reception of the game was mixed, with the announcement trailer causing significant backlash from some fans of the series. Upon release, Battlefield V received generally favorable reviews from critics, being praised for its gameplay and new multiplayer modes, but criticized for its shortage of content at launch and lack of innovation. The game sold 7.3 million copies by the end of 2018 but was a commercial disappointment for Electronic Arts.
Battlefield V Gameplay
Battlefield V is focused extensively on party-based features and mechanics, scarcity of resources, and removing “abstractions” from game mechanics to increase realism. There is an expanded focus on player customization through the new Company system, where players can create multiple characters with cosmetic and weapon options. Cosmetic items, and currency used to purchase others, are earned by completing in-game objectives.
The game features several new multiplayer modes, including the “continuous” campaign mode “Firestorm”, and “Grand Operations”. The Grand Operations mode is an expansion of the “Operations” mode introduced in Battlefield 1, which focuses on matches taking place across multiple stages to simulate a campaign from the war. In Grand Operations, each round will have specific objectives, and performance in each stage will influence the next.
If the final day ends with a close margin of victory, the match will culminate with a “Final Stand,” with players fighting to the last man standing on a continually shrinking map. Similarly to Battlefield 1, the game features a collection of single-player “war stories” based on aspects of World War II, with voiceovers in each war story’s native language. The game also features a cooperative mode not seen since Battlefield 3 called “Combined Arms,” where up to four players can undertake missions together and features dynamic missions and objectives so missions cannot be played the same way each time.
The battle royale mode is built around the franchise’s “core pillars of destruction, team play, and vehicles.” The name “Firestorm” refers to a literal storm of fire that constricts players similar to the popular Battle Royale game mechanic of restricting the play area. Furthermore, this particular game mode was not developed by EA DICE themselves, but has been outsourced to Criterion Games and features the biggest map created by the franchise to date. It is playable by 64 players, which can be divided into up to 16 squads with a focus on team work.
As in Battlefield 1, the single-player campaign is divided into an introduction followed by episodic War Stories, three of which were available at launch: “Nordlys” takes place from the point-of-view of a Norwegian resistance fighter taking part in the sabotage of the German nuclear program, “Tirailleur” tells the story of a Senegalese Tirailleur during Operation Dragoon, and “Under No Flag” puts the player in the shoes of Billy Bridger, a convicted bank robber and explosives expert conscripted into the Special Boat Service to take part in Operation Albumen. The fourth campaign, “The Last Tiger,” was released on December 5, 2018, which depicts the struggles of a German Tiger I tank crew during the Ruhr Pocket in the closing days of the war.
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