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Major Tom
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Looks like DICE is looking at the possibility of adding a battle royale mode to Battlefield 5.

A report has surfaced stating DICE is currently investigating how a battle royale mode would work in Battlefield 5.

Speaking with Venture Beat, a source close to the studio said the last man-standing mode is currently in the prototype phase.

“DICE is investigating how a massive, last player-standing mode would work with its current mechanics,” reads the Venture Beat report. “The studio has not yet approved its battle royale for release, and it is still in the prototype phase.

“If DICE does decide that it’s happy with what it has, it won’t have it ready in time for the initial release.”

The report goes on to state if all looks well, the mode could be released for Battlefield 5 as a free, post-launch update. Since nothing has been confirmed by EA, keep this filed away as a rumour for the time being. Just like yesterday’s report on a battle royale mode for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

If a battle royale for Battlefield 5 does indeed come to pass, it will give fans of the mode yet another option outside of PUBG, Fortnite, early access title Radical Heights, and many others.

Battlefield 5 is rumoured to be set in WW2 and feature co-op support.

EA confirmed earlier this year in an earnings report that the next Battlefield is coming this October. The game is also going to be playable at EA’s Play event, which takes place just before E3 2018.

 
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EA’s teaser site for Battlefield has been updated and confirms a Battlefield 5 reveal set for May 23.

The teaser site was discovered last week in a Battlefield 1 Easter Egg. EA and DICE have since ramped up the hype with Morse code messages and other hints on their respective Twitter accounts.

Today, the Battlefield Twitter account linked to the recently discovered Battlefield website which has now been updated with confirmation of the Battlefield 5 reveal.

The livestream is scheduled for 1 PM PDT/4 PM EDT/9PM BST/ 10 PM CET on Wednesday, May 23. As well as featuring the dev team, the livestream will be hosted by The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah.

There have been rumours that this year’s Battlefield might include a battle royale mode (see above). Earlier this month, EA told investors that the title will feature a new mode that’s “unique and brings new challenges,” so we’ll hopefully get a definitive answer on the subject next week.

You can watch the livestream on YouTube, Twitch, Mixer, and of course, over on the Battlefield website.
 
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DICE has kicked off a long hype campaign and is already teasing a few things.

Battlefield 5’s official reveal, which takes place next week, was announced overnight.

Alongside that, DICE penned a blog post that dropped a couple of hints about what’s to come. To start with, and as earlier reports have suggested, Battlefield 5’s story campaign will follow in the footsteps of Battlefield 1’s.

In that, the War Stories structure is returning. In Battlefield 1, the campaign followed several protagonists at different stages and in different theatres of the war, and each of them got a couple of short, self-contained missions.

Though the blog post didn’t mention which theatres of the war will be represented (DICE still hasn’t confirmed the WW2 reports), it did tease that we’ll be sent to “unexpected” theatres of war.


If it does end up being set in WW2, it’d be cool to see the Pacific and Eastern Front theatres represented, rather than the same Western Front business almost every other WW2 game featured.

Operations, one of the best modes in Battlefield 1, is being teased, and DICE is hoping people will tune to find out if it returns. The blog post also talks about a bigger scale, a multiplayer mode that “spans multiple maps and modes.”
 
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Looking forward to the new one, still playing BF1
 
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EA has just released our first look at Battlefield 5.

This comes in the form of a very brief teaser trailer for Battlefield 5. The trailer was shared through EA’s social channels earlier today.


Outside of confirming that team Xbox has the marketing rights for this year’s Battlefield, the trailer also confirms the game’s WW2 setting.

The few seconds of footage in there are likely from a Conquest round, as represented by the different capture points at the top. The time period is clearly WW2, which shows in the flag design (British Union Jack / German Iron Cross).
 
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In single-player, the aim is to find WW2 missions people have never seen before

While the presenters from DICE didn’t rule it out in their presentation, don’t expect to be storming Normandy in Battlefield 5. Instead, DICE is focusing its story mode efforts on finding new and exciting stories within WW2 that haven’t been explored in video games as much.

We know little, but the campaign will retain the ‘war stories’ structure of Battlefield 1. At the event one thread is teased – the story of a young resistance fighter in 1943 Norway who is “about to pay the unthinkable price to save her family.”

The team deliberately dug into history and tried to search beyond 1942, the setting of the original Battlefield, to find new stories to tell that can help put the feelings in perspective and make players “walk away with a different perspective on the war,” says DICE veteran Lars Gustavsson.

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Fortifications and map-changing abilities add a lot to the sandbox of multiplayer

All-new for Battlefield 5 are fortifications. This isn’t quite throwing up shacks and other shelter as you might in Fortnite, but it’s building in general that allows you to improve your chances out on the battlefield by fortifying and strengthening key positions.

Much of the Second World War was about fortification, and BF5 is aiming to demonstrate that primarily through this new feature.

Fortification comes in a variety of forms – so you might build around a ruined, shattered shell of a home in order to turn it into a viable defensive position. You can toss down sandbags to create cover. It’s possible to drop down barbed wire to slow the advance of infantry, build trenches for cover or place tank stoppers to prevent the most deadly armor from pushing too close.

Every class in Battlefield 5 has access to a tool to build, but the Support class is better at it. They’ll be able to build better stuff more efficiently, so the class is still valuable in its own way. There’s a general flattening of class roles.

Changing the actual make-up of the war zone itself seems to be a key theme of BF5, in fact. Stationary weapons like artillery and huge anti-tank weapons can now be attached to the back of vehicles and towed around, allowing you to re-position them to best suit your objectives. This doesn’t sound like a big deal until you really consider the implications: in past games, an ace pilot could learn the anti-air positions on a map and dodge between them. In BF5, they have no such luxury.

Battlefield is most at home in multiplayer, and DICE say that these tools are designed to add to the overall tool-set available to players in what they call the Battlefield sandbox. They seem like changes that could have a significant impact indeed.
 
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Support and Medic abilities are now partially available to everyone – and it’s all about encouraging proper squad play

In Battlefield 5, developer DICE is particularly keen that players stay with their squads. A number of significant changes to Battlefield’s systems try to encourage that, but one stands out: the ability for all players to revive others regardless of class – but only within their squad.

That means if you stick with your smaller squad across one of BF5’s huge multiplayer matches your buddies will be able to revive you regardless of their own role. Medics, meanwhile, have perks to balance that out: the medic class is the only class that can heal, and when they revive you they do so to full health and more quickly. When other classes revive it’ll be a slower process and only heal a limited amount of health. Players can only heal a portion of a full health bar on their own now, too.

Reviving is generally now a more involved process – one player squats over another and you’ll see your rescuer’s face as they drag you up. This makes reviving also more involved, leaving you more vulnerable, but that’s balanced out by the ability to now drag a player to safety as they bleed out – meaning for the first time you can drag somebody behind cover, to a safe position, before reviving them.

Even the respawn loop has been edited to encourage players to stick as a squad. When you die, instead of seeing the battle map you’ll now spectate a squadmate and choose who to spawn on. You’ll only see the overall battle map if you choose to go back to it or if your whole squad is wiped.

Similar changes have been made to make support more viable, too. They’re vital for fortifications, but deeper restrictions on ammunition means you’ll be forced to cosy up to a support or loot enemies to keep supplied.

Design Director Daniel Berlin explains that the intent is to create “lulls in the tempo” where players are forced to resupply and prep for the next encounter rather than go at it full pelt all the time – quite a tonal difference to their greatest rival, Call of Duty.

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Operations are back – and there’s an absolutely crucial change

Operations have had one major tweak this time around: not every stage of an operation will have the same basic attack and defend objectives.

They’re now called Grand Operations, by the way, and they’ll still be historically-inspired battles across multiple maps – but now multiple modes, too, and with custom rules to boot.

In the Operation teased, players will be dropping into Rotterdam as paratroopers. This all links back to the note about squads earlier on. If you die and choose not to spawn on your squad, you’re forced back up to jump from a plane again. The second phase of this operation might then see you attempt a ground assault once the paratroopers have taken down the artillery, but if the paratroopers fail the next stage will see the attackers start with less vehicles and tickets to complete their next objective.

Grand Operations come in four parts, but if there’s unfinished business there’s the chance for a final part, the Final Stand, where both sides have depleted resources. It’s an all-out fight to the death – no respawns (but revives work, so stick with your squad), extreme pressure and even limited ammo – you’ll start with one clip then have to scavenge more from your victims. It sounds stressful and brilliant.

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The spotting system has been revamped, plus other changes intended to increase strategic options

For multiplayer, it’s ultimately all about strategy. During the pitch for the game DICE drive this home multiple times with several features: fortification, dragging injured allies, re-positioning heavy weapons. More familiar features have also been tweaked to the same effect.

Take spotting: spotting and marking enemies is no longer a case of just aiming at a general area, pressing a button and hoping the AI will see something you can’t. In fact, there’s a general approach to realism and simulation in Battlefield 5 that means spotting enemies should be more natural than ever.

That means that tall grass will shift, move and be pressured out of the way by players. We’re given the example of a sniper spotting and taking out an enemy just by scoping in on the movement of some tall grass – or the reverse, where a well-hidden sniper is ultimately undone by the depression in the foliage around them.

You’ve been able to throw yourself from a sprint into a prone position for a while now, but in BF5 that’s made more natural and through that more potentially tactical, too. You can now roll over when prone to be on your back instead of your belly, shimmying backwards, aiming between your legs at enemies as they approach. In DICE’s trailer this looks like action movie flair, but in a brief bit of alpha test video footage of the actual game it looks more like ARMA: something that could be used as a methodical choice in the hands of a seasoned player.

Even gunplay itself has been significantly tweaked. Bipodding is easier and more seamless, and DICE has worked to make the first few shots with a weapon predictable, the intent to ensure that there are fewer or indeed no moments where any random gun or bullet sway screws you over.

Bullet penetration is back in a big way, by the way – and with caliber of bullet taken into account. A stationary mounted LMG could “shred a house to pieces” according to design director Daniel Berlin.
 
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Combined Arms is a new, low-stress multiplayer mode

Because Battlefield fans are so passionate, Battlefield online can be a daunting, challenging experience. For that there’s a new mode in Battlefield 5: Combined Arms.

Essentially a four-player co-operative mode, DICE describes combined arms as being a “less stressful” way to play BF online socially. They also think of it as ‘bridge’ between the more familiar multiplayer modes and solo offerings, and hope that it’ll encourage some people to make the jump from one to the other.

Combined Arms will come with a mission generator, meaning the game itself can put together fresh new missions for a group of friends to tackle that’ll in theory be unlike anything they’ve played before.

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Efforts have been made to make everything look more natural

Movements like the above also should just look more natural. There’s some serious legwork going on around reactive animation, see. As grass gets flattened soldiers will also react. Take a soldier into deep water and they’ll start raising their knees high as they wade through it, as a person really would.

Run head-long into an obstacle and as they approach it the soldier will angle their body slightly to absorb the impact with a shoulder.
It’s not just people either, but across the board. Explosions and destruction is now dynamic, DICE boasts, so if an explosion comes from the inside of a building the debris and destruction will blow outwards. Conversely, an explosion from outside will blow it in.

Buildings might also just deteriorate over time once damaged, as the strain of weight being put in places it shouldn’t damages the structure.


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The Premium Pass is dead – and Battlefield 5 will have an extensive ‘live game’ component

Yes, it’s true – the Battlefield Premium Pass is dead. In previous games this was basically a way of signing up for the additional incoming content ahead of time and mark yourself as a special player in the process – but that won’t be the case for Battlefield 5. Instead, all core BF5 content will essentially be free once you own the game. That means no more paying for expansions, no more segmentation of the community. That’s good stuff.

Instead there’ll be Tides of War – Battlefield 5’s Live Service. There’s hefty character progression and customization in BF5, and much of that will be earned by progressing through the Tides of War and the associated systems, including building your own Company of unique, customized soldiers.

There’ll be all the things you expect from live service games – challenges, limited time events with limited rewards, a ton of customization and an in-game currency to grind out. DICE didn’t mention anything on supplementing that currency out with real cash, but it seems likely that’ll be how the developer and EA offset the loss of that Premium Pass cash.

Tides of War boss Ryan McArthur described the service as being an opportunity to offer “evolving gameplay,” with the main idea being that the progression of the war will help drive the progression of the live service side of the game. There’ll be new campaign missions, new maps and new game modes, and they’ll be designed to be supported by the real-world narrative of WW2. Early on the live service missions might see you play in missions inspired by early war operations – but later on you’ll be fighting in later events with the associated leaps in tactics and technology. There’ll also be ‘non-canon’ events that’ll allow DICE to get a little bit outlandish with the sandbox.
 
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And here’s the Battlefield 5 release date – it’s out this October

Finally, but very important, is the release date. Battlefield 5 will be out on 19 October, but if you’re dedicated you can pick it up early: Deluxe Edition owners get it on 16 October and ‘Play First’ EA and Origin Access players on Xbox One and PC can play from 11 October.

There’ll also be a beta – but no word on that yet. More information will be coming at EA Play, the first of the major E3 2018 press events. Based on the logos all around the event Battlefield 5 will be marketed in collaboration with Xbox – but it’ll be available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
 
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The reveal trailer for Battlefield 5 is just as intense as you’d expect from a DICE game.

Plenty of explosions, death, destruction, and fast paced action make up almost 100% of what you’ll see.