An evolving Battlefield for all players, as explained by our Engagement and Core Gameplay Producer, Ryan McArthur .
With Battlefield™ V, we want to take you on a true journey through World War 2. But what do we mean by that? Instead of just showcasing new locations, we want to immerse you in this epic conflict and evolve the gameplay, just as tactics and weaponry evolved throughout the war.
This entire journey is called Tides of War – and it starts with your Company.
Customize Your Company – And See it Evolve over Time
The Company reflects you. It is your collection of customized soldiers, weapons, and vehicles developed and modified as you progress through the Battlefield V journey – and you can bring it to all multiplayer modes and the cooperative Combined Arms .
You can create one personalized Company per faction , each containing a set number of soldiers, vehicles, and aircraft. In multiplayer, you'll be able to play as the British and German armies - the initial two factions of the game.
The soldier classes – which consist of the four staples of Medic, Scout, Support, and Assault – can be customized to accommodate your playstyle. You can alter their appearance by changing aspects like outfits, gender, helmets, skin color, and war paint.
You can of course also change loadouts to best suit your upcoming fight. The more you use your weapon in battle, the more you open additional customization options such as skins, receivers, stocks, barrels, muzzles, and more. This goes for vehicles too: customize your tanks with paint jobs, sand bags, leaf camos, and more to really stand out. This personalization will also build a name for yourself – both squad mates and enemies will remember you based on what they see on the battlefield.
Playing the game is the best way to progress your Company and unlock more customization options and abilities. Whether you take on multiplayer or cooperative Combined Arms, all your efforts grant XP that goes to leveling up your Company.
As you gain XP, you unlock new Archetypes for your soldier classes. An Archetype is a class specialization developed to fit a particular playstyle. For example, as a Support, you may be able to choose from the Engineer or the Machine Gunner – among other Archetypes. These specializations create clearer team roles and greater gameplay depth. The available weapons, gadgets, and attributes vary between Archetypes. You can switch between Archetypes during matches, so you always have the right tools – and skills – for the job.
Through Tides of War, we’ll be introducing new Archetypes that support new playstyles. You can even choose exotic Archetypes like the Paratrooper Recon, a Scout that uses stealth and silenced weaponry to take out enemies.
Bring your Company on a Journey through the Tides of War
Our players have been very vocal about paying for premium content that separates the community. Our answer to this is Tides of War. Gone are the days of Premium Pass and paying for expansion packs. As time goes on, we are going to grow the world and gameplay of Battlefield V.
Tides of War will be an evolving journey featuring a new narrative every few months. Each chapter of Tides of War will focus on a particular aspect of the era, with unique gameplay experiences to drive players forward. We will use content, soldiers, visuals, and narrative to immerse our players deeper into the gameplay.
Tides of War brings you and your personalized Company into themed experiences of the war, starting with the Fall of Europe, that span several months and are filled with timed events. These can include a multi-week Grand Operation, Special Assignments, and new Missions. The timed events will push further into the unexpected and influential battles of WW2 over the course of Battlefield V.
The Battlefield V you play at launch will evolve over time. Our goal is to continue to surprise the community by adding new content and making you want to revisit existing battlefields. We can’t wait to share more details on this.
Along with the various experiences available in Battlefield V, Tides of War will give you the best opportunity to further shape your Company by collecting custom location- and event-specific gear. You’ll enter as a band of fighters – and return as kin. Your Company will never be the same.
No Unfair Gameplay Advantage
We are committed to making sure that you’ll always be rewarded by playing the game. Players cannot pay to get any unfair gameplay advantages. Delivering a path through WW2 where your Company grows and learns is our mission.
Battlefield has always been about a balanced rock-paper-scissors gameplay, and it still is.
There will be no Premium Pass. Your Company will evolve side-by-side with Battlefield V. We want to keep the entire community together through this journey.
As a producer, this has been the most exciting time for me, creating an experience that is built to grow. We will get to go on this journey with you, looking for opportunities to continually surprise the community with the unexpected. This is truly a living Battlefield.
Experience the Tides of War with your Company on Xbox One, PlayStation® 4, and PC – starting on October 11 for the EA Access and Origin Access Play First Trial*, October 16 for Battlefield™ V Deluxe Edition early enlister access, and October 19 for the Battlefield™ V Standard Edition. Pre-order here to secure your copy of Battlefield V.
*CONDITIONS, LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS APPLY. SEE ea.com/ea-access/terms AND origin.com/store/origin-access/terms FOR DETAILS.
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EDIT 6/4/18: Removed line, “More armies will be introduced through the Tides of War after the launch of Battlefield V.” We are committed to bringing you the best Battlefield V experience through our Tides of War live service. As we head towards launch and beyond, we will have more information on new content as it is announced.