Battlefield V will focus extensively on party-based features and mechanics, scarcity of resources, and removing “abstractions” from game mechanics to increase realism. There will be an expanded focus on player customization through the new Company system, where players will be able to create multiple characters with various cosmetic and weapon options. Cosmetic items, and currency used to purchase others, will be earned by completing in-game objectives.
The game will feature several new multiplayer modes, including the “continuous” campaign mode “Tides of War”, “Firestorm“, and “Grand Operations”. The Grand Operations mode is an expansion of the “Operations” mode introduced in Battlefield 1, which focuses on matches taking place across multiple stages to simulate a campaign from the war. In Grand Operations, each round will have specific objectives, and performance in each stage will influence the next. Games will culminate with a “Final Stand”, with players using only a primary weapon with limited ammo, and no respawns. Similarly to Battlefield 1, the game will feature a collection of single-player “war stories” based on aspects of World War II. The game also features a cooperative mode not seen since Battlefield 3called “Combined Arms”, where four players can undertake missions together and features dynamic missions and objectives so missions cannot be played the same way each time. Combined Arms is scheduled to be released after launch. The Battle Royalemode will be built around the franchise’s “core pillars of destruction, team play, and vehicles”. The name “Firestorm” is derived from a literal storm of fire that engulfs players similar to the popular Battle Royale game mechanic of restricting the play area. Furthermore, this particular game mode is not being developed by EA DICE themselves, but has been outsourced to Criterion Gamesand features the biggest map created by the franchise to date. It is playable by 64 players, which are divided into up to 16 squads with a focus on team work. Firestorm is scheduled to be released in March 2019.
As in Battlefield 1, the single-player campaign is divided into episodic War Stories, three of which are available at launch: “Nordlys” takes place from the point-of-view of a Norwegian resistance fighter taking part in the sabotage of the German nuclear program, “Tirailleur” tells the story of a Senegalese Tirallieur during Operation Dragoon, and “Under No Flag”puts the player in the shoes of Billy Bridger, a convicted bank robber and explosives expert conscripted into the Special Boat Service to take part in Operation Albumen. A fourth campaign, “The Last Tiger”, will launch later.