Battlefield 5 has been leaked, it has a Battle Royale mode, and a full reveal is coming on May 23
We know Battlefield 5 is on the way in 2018. It will be officially unveiled on Wednesday May 23, at 1pm PT and 9pm UK time, and it’s going to be called Battlefield V. There’s a quick teaser for the reveal, which we’ve embedded below. A couple of months ago, a credible leak made us aware that the game existed, and suggested that the Battlefield franchise was heading back to World War 2. The teaser video supports this. A more recent report suggests that DICE is working on a Battle Royale mode for Battlefield 5 (which seems odd, but very on trend), and an EA investor call confirmed that the game is due some time in 2018. That all makes sense – Battle Royale might be old news next year!
DICE is working on this new Battlefield game, and it’s official title is: Battlefield V (which is the codename given to Battlefield 1, before its unveiling). The leak also suggests that we’ll be getting a co-op mode, and a proper story mode – similar to the campaign seen in Battlefield 1. Obviously there will be vehicles that operate on land and in the air, and boats are highly likely too. There has been rumors of lootboxes too, although given how badly burned publisher EA was with stablemate Star Wars Battlefront 2, it’s likely that BF5 will follow the same ‘cosmetic items only’ pattern as Battlefield 1.
Expect to see Battlefield 5/V as one of the biggest E3 2018 games from EA.
What’s in the Battlefield 5 leak?
According to a leak on the Discord community, which is for YouTuber Drakesden – a prominent Battlefield player, and a source of leaked info in the past – the game is going back to WW2. It’s sensible to assume that the ‘V’ in Battlefield V is ‘V for victory’ (as well as being the Roman numeral for 5), a common symbol of World War 2.
The leak specifically points to a WW2 setting. While this feels like an odd move for DICE, given how Call of Duty did the same last year, it perhaps makes sense that the franchise is heading back to a time when it was most successful. Perhaps it’s looking to update some of the amazing maps and player stories featured in Battlefields 1942 and 1943. There was a rumour that the next Battlefield game would be Bad Company 3, and would head back to the Vietnam war, but that seems to have lost a little credibility along the way.
What’s the deal with the Battlefield 5 single player campaign?
The leak also mentions single player and a story mode similar to the one in Battlefield 1. Apparently it’ll feature multiple perspectives on the war, taken from soldiers in different theatres of operation – much like BF1. One early report suggested it’d be entirely from the German perspective, but it seems more likely that you’ll play as a German soldier at some point during the campaign (something many hoped for in BF1, actually).
Interestingly, there’s also talk of a co-op mode, which we haven’t seen since Bad Company 2, and that it’ll feature randomly generated Conquest missions for your squad. Previous BF games have pretty much failed to nail pure co-op, probably because multiplayer gameplay has always been so geared towards creating a squad and taking part in larger online battles. Bots and AI just can’t compete with playing real humans online.
Lootboxes – did you really mention the ‘L’ word?
Yes, afraid so. Apparently there will be Battlefield 5 lootboxes, although they’ll only contain cosmetic items. This is very much in line with how Battlefield 1 works, and DICE is still reeling a little from the response to its other shooter – Star Wars: Battlefront 2 – which was lambasted by critics and the community for its monetisation. The leak also suggests that there will be more than just weapon skins and vehicle types in BF5, which does seem in keeping with a tagline spotted on a development build screenshot that boasts ‘Battlefield V: Welcome to your Battlefield’. Customisation could be key to this game.
Battlefield 5 multiplayer – anything on that?
Over the past few years DICE has chosen to reveal the latest game’s theme and story mode first, before holding multiplayer details back until later in the year. So the leaker probably hasn’t had access to it at all. An updated version of the Battlefield 5 leak also suggests that there’s a Battle Royale mode in the works for the game. It’s worth noting that it’s only in internal testing, however, so if it doesn’t work then it won’t appear in the final product. BR is so, so hot right now, so DICE will want to capitalise on that trend.
One confirmed snippet of info we do have is that Katherine Kingsley – who does much of the narration and tutorial voice work for Battlefield 1’s multiplayer – is back in the studio working on her next, unnamed gaming project. Hmmmmm… It would make sense to have that kind of consistency between games and bring her voice talents back for the Battlefield 5 multiplayer.
Battlefield 5 on Nintendo Switch – will it happen?
It’s hugely unlikely that we’ll see Battlefield 5 on Nintendo Switch. Why? So many reasons: Battlefield has never appeared on a Nintendo platform, ever, and DICE has no history with Nintendo or Switch. EA isn’t exactly supporting the Switch with many titles, and the last shooter it released – Star Wars Battlefront 2 – isn’t available on the console. Right now, Nintendo’s online infrastructure is… ok… but that’s not good enough for a game that relies on multiplayer like Battlefield 5. On top of all that, the BF franchise isn’t really designed for the core Nintendo audience. HOWEVER… Nintendo has sold a lot of Switch consoles, and EA can’t ignore that player base, so never say never.
What do we expect from Battlefield 5?
If the WW2 setting is locked in (we’d have preferred Vietnam, by the way) then fair play. BF1 covered WW1, and COD has single-handedly given the FPS community future-shooter fatigue. We’d expect to see campaigns set during the Normandy landings, the siege of Stalingrad, and maybe something like Dunkirk, which is hot in movies but rarely covered in games. Major tank battles like the second battle of El Alamein and Kursk would be perfect for Battlefield too.
Co-op feels a little redundant, but perhaps something more objective-based will work. Variations on Conquest is the most obvious solution, although something rivalling Operations mode in BF1 would be more spectacular. Imagine the battle raging around you while your squad takes each key objective to help push the fight forwards.
And lootboxes? Yeah, they’ll probably make an appearance, although it’s likely they’ll replace the season pass from BF1, which didn’t prove popular among players. DICE is between a rock and a hard place when it comes to monetisation, because people will complain either way. However, for a game where players demand continual support for 2+ years… the cash has to come from somewhere, and that initial $50-60 just won’t cover it.