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Battlefield 5 At E3 2018: What We Know And Hope To See

Battlefield 5 is coming to E3.

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E3 2018 promises to bring news on lots of big games, and EA's Battlefield V is definitely one we're excited to learn more about. Following the game's announcement earlier this month, EA and developer DICE plan to talk a lot more about it next month at E3. In this feature we're rounding up important details about the game including what we know about it so far, what's confirmed for E3, and what we hope to see from the game at the show. Here we go!

What We Know So Far

After weeks of rumors, EA officially announced Battlefield V during a livestream event in May. As suspected, the game is set during World War II, and it sounds like it builds on what made Battlefield 1 so great with its own set of exciting new features. Starting with what's on everyone's mind--the game has no loot boxes and all the maps will be free. EA is ditching the Premium Pass model of past games in favour of giving players access to maps and modes for free as part of an ongoing service model called Turning Tides. This is great news because it means no longer will players get separated based on DLC ownership. It's a smart move on EA's part because it will theoretically keep people in the game more--and spending more. EA is no charity, and you can still spend real money on cosmetics to create a unique-looking character. There are loads of new features in Battlefield V, including the ability to shoot grenades out of mid-air or drag a downed soldier out of the line of fire to heal them in a safer environment.

Battlefield is known for its destruction, and this is a big deal in Battlefield V, but also new for the franchise is the ability to fortify your encampments with things like a sandbag wall or by building a stationary weapon. One of the more intriguing new additions for Battlefield V is the Grand Operations mode. Building on Operations from Battlefield 1, Grand Operations are bigger and more involved multiplayer skirmishes that play out across multiple stages and modes--and there are rewards up for grabs. In addition to all the multiplayer updates and changes, DICE remains focused on single-player modes, too. Little is known about the campaign, but we know it'll be playable in co-op (the first time since Battlefield 3), and it will tell stories that "may be unfamiliar to players" instead of the well-known ones from Battlefield 1942. At least one of the War Stories will take place in Norway, with a narrative following a young Norwegian soldier fighting to stay alive during the German occupation. In what sounds like a refreshing, more unique take on war games, Battlefield V will offer War Stories from the perspective of saving your family members as opposed to saving the world.

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What's Confirmed For E3

Being one of EA's biggest upcoming games, Battlefield V is expected to have a major presence during the publisher's E3 2018 briefing, EA Play. The game will be playable at EA's showcase, which is good news for fans who don't want to wait until October or the open beta. EA Play takes place at the Hollywood Palladium from June 9-11. You can find details about how to register for the event and buy a ticket here on EA's website. If you can't make it to the show, you can rest easy knowing GameSpot will have lots of news stories, previews, and gameplay videos for Battlefield V, so keep checking back for those.

What We Hope To See At E3

While EA and DICE have already shown off Battlefield V and offered the first details during the reveal event, we are hoping to see lots more of the WWII shooter at E3. EA would be smart to show off actual gameplay to help players understand what it looks like to shoot a grenade out of mid-air or pull a downed soldier to safety.

There are no loot boxes in Battlefield V, and we hope to see EA address this decision and stress to players that the game will not go down a pay-to-win path with the items it does allow you to buy with real money. Given what happened with Star Wars: Battlefront II, this will be front of mind for many, and EA would be smart to address this right away.

We also hope EA and DICE shine a light on Battlefield V's campaign, which could be one of its more intriguing elements. The story mode in Battlefield 1 did a fantastic job of showcasing lesser-known elements and locations from the Great War. World War II as a historical event has already been covered extensively in film and games, so it's refreshing to hear DICE plans to show off more intimate stories of how the war affected everyday people. At E3, we hope to see and learn more about the stories DICE plans to tell and the places the game will take players.

The Battlefield franchise is known for its impressive sense of scale--and it sounds like Battlefield V is going bigger than ever with its Grand Operations multiplayer mode. We hope to see EA discuss this mode at greater length and in more detail to help players get an idea for what this all about and why they should be excited.

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BF1 was the first BF MP I enjoyed. Best shooter this generation imo. BFV will be my shooter this year.

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I am personally 100% stoked it's set in WWII. Can't wait.

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I will agree, I'm not sure another World War 2 battlefield is needed. I'm still waiting for a BF2 remake. Time period and having most if not all vehicles was fun.

I will say though, they need to stick to the roots. They start making this a steam punk thing, they're going to lose sales. I'm personally tired of the added time they're putting into outfits and character models to be politically correct, than working on the game. That detracts from development time, plain and simple.

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@therogerwilco: ....no it doesn't, that's why you have different teams working on different section of the game.. for all we know the character customize team is more likely wayyyyyyyyyy smaller than the core development team..

Ea saw how successful others has been at selling cosmetics stuff and they want in...

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I'm on the fence with this. I loved battlefield 4 but hated 1, and its still EA. Definitely won't preorder, but will probably buy later.

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Oh look. BF has it's own Infinite Warfail. Thank goodness for RDR2 this year.

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It's great that the dlc is free this time, the same as black ops 4 for the most part, but if there is again no split screen I won't be buying it, if there is I will.

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Meh. More pandering to the left SJW’s by twisting historical events to fit their views. More WW2 in an already saturated market. I’ll pass.

EA and Dice needs to get away from the politics and the historical events. Perhaps a hypothetical battle between factions after the fall of world governments? A post apocalyptic romp like Mad Max?

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@lithus:

Well, idk where you're getting "ww2 a saturated market". That makes zero sense, unless you're on PC, where if you play there with those great historical games, idk why you'd even play BF.

The only WW2 fps title on console, is COD.

So. what we do need is many more WW2 and Vietnam, and other historical games, and much less sci fi , modern and armageddon and zombie gamers. It's just, this isn't the game.

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@jagdedge124: and that's the problem... when dev listen to what the vocal minority wants they take it as what most want..

When cod was giving lots of current/future games, person holla out, take it back to the past, same for BF series... But now we are hearing enough of the WW1 & 2 setting, give us something different..

Personally I think, if they alterante war time periods it'll be more cool..

They can also make up there own war story..

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Fortifications could be interesting. Potential to add some depth like destroying and repairing the commander assets in BF2.

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I wanna be flown over to LA and play the game.

Make it happen, DICE!

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@og_gamerzzz: Watch this video and I bet it'll change your mind. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xegBXGaFrOU

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@alexanderknight:

I don't understand, what are we supposed to be seeing? It's Kratos, Captain Hook and the rest. It's what the poster said, alternate history punk rock. We're not playing that garbage.

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@jagdedge124: Did you even watch and listen to the entire video? It's about the gameplay and features that Jackfrags is talking about, not the images you dumbass.

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@alexanderknight:

What the hell does it matter what "features" and gameplay there are, and that there's no seasons pass, in a game NOBODY wants to play, given it's ridiculous characters and tone??/??? It's obvious our schools, are failing.

The point is what i said, in that the game looks bizarro, and the video mentioned nothing that these characters would not be in the game.

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@jagdedge124: So even though this could be the best Battlefield game gameplay wise, you're still not going to play it simply because of how historically inaccurate it is with its characters? Newsflash, the Battlefield series was never meant to be the most historically accurate war gaming franchise ever especially with how arcady it has been, if you want a game that's historically accurate and realistic then go play Squad or Post Scriptum. And just like Battlefield 1, DICE confirmed that Battlefield V is set in an ALTERNATE World War II setting so you should've not expected the game to be realistic or historically accurate to begin with.

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@alexanderknight: Have never understood people that get all up in arms about historical inaccuracies in VIDEO GAMES. I don't know about the rest, but I put on my headset, turn on my system, and love to escape most reality. I don't look at video games for history lessons.

Is it ridiculous? Is it absurd? I sure hope so....exactly what I look for in games.

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@alexanderknight:

Well, if you didn't notice, that's exactly what the issue is whether you like that it's the case or not.

You brought this You Tuber into it, that shed ZERO light whatsoever on that issue. Literally, zero.

As far as the other games you mentioned, if i was able to play those games (PC), i would not even waste my time posting about BF, or even go anywhere near it. So, please stop wasting my time.

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@jagdedge124: I'm wasting your time? You were the one that responded to me first, I originally responded to og_gamerzzz and then you jumped in. Don't give me that Bullcrap.

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@alexanderknight:

B/c i'm getting your responses in my mailbox, sir. On a thread a week old. We're wasting eachothers time at this point. The Trailer received the most dislikes in BF history, and it had to do with the tone of the game.

If the game had to to do at all with WW2, you would have had to have told me it was. I don't what the hell it is, but it did not meet expectations no matter what yoour video provided says. Lets move on.

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@og_gamerzzz: I get the impression you're just making things up to fit the narrative you want to complain about.

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@Mogan:

I get the impression you’re a snowflake hiding behind a snarky comment. He’s right though, it’s the over representation of “badass” females with prosthetics and minorities wearing war paint on the frontlines in historical wars is ridiculous.

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@lithus: "I'm bashing a game that I haven't played and jumping to conclusions based solely on one trailer and some promotional material, but anyone who disagrees with me is a snowflake"

???

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@lithus: It was one trailer, dude. It wasn't even gameplay. If you're pitching a fit about it, it's because you want to.

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@Mogan: ... isn't a trailer a good representation of what your selling.. with features etc..

What he's basically saying, all those customization etc, shouldn't be included because it kills the feel of being a "MILITARY shooter"...

You can still have customization, but not those crazy fornite looking ones.. it seems outta place, just to get person to buy them..

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@slypher9: How's any of this out of place in the same series that features Battlefield Heroes and Bad Company?

And do you really think BFV is going to be a bunch of redheaded amputees running around making spunky quips? Or is it more likely that teaser trailer was just to get people talking. Like the Rage 2 live action trailer.

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@Mogan: I think it kills the immersion for some... I'm ok with it.. just making sense of the OP

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@slypher9: It might, but I don't know that this is terribly out of place for a Battlefield game. And that some of these folks are over reacting.