New Battlefield Is Set In World War 2, Has Loot Boxes, Coming This Year - Reports
2018's Battlefield title is not the rumoured Bad Company 3, but something new instead.
Earlier this year, Electronic Arts announced that a new Battlefield game is coming this fall, but at the time the company shared no details about it. Now, GamesBeat is reporting that the title is called "Battlefield V," and it will be set during World War II just like Call of Duty: WWII.
The report credits this information to sources "familiar with EA's plans." The game is coming from Battlefield series developer DICE, which is based in Sweden.
According to the report, Battlefield V was at one time known internally at EA as "Battlefield 2" before changing names. Importantly, the game is not a remaster of 2005's Battlefield 2, but instead an all-new game set during WWII. EA will announce it soon, according to the report, which makes sense given that this title will be playable at EA Play in June.
GamesBeat reports that EA and DICE decided "several years ago" to move away from modern-day and near-future settings for Battlefield games. 2016's Battlefield 1 was set in World War I, a time period that no other entry in the series had explored before. The game was immensely popular. It was the second best-selling game of all of 2016, only behind Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, and just last month EA announced that it passed 25 million players.
According to USGamer, which has heard the same information as GamesBeat about the new Battlefield game, the title will have loot boxes. However, they will reportedly only contain cosmetic items. Battlefield 1 also has loot boxes with cosmetic items. Whatever the case, this is notable given that EA's Star Wars: Battlefront II offered game-affecting items in its loot boxes, and this created quite a stir.
It has been a while since Battlefield went to World War II, as the most recent game set during the conflict was 2009's Battlefield 1943.
Also in the report is some sad news for Battlefield: Bad Company fans. The rumor that DICE is working on a third entry in the series set in the Vietnam War is not true, the report said, though it noted that DICE is considering fan feedback and may resurrect the series someday.