After months of speculation and a few weeks of teases, EA has confirmed this year’s Battlefield is set in World War 2, with DICE returning to the theatre of war in which the series was first born.
Battlefield V also sees the return of co-op to the series, with a dedicated mode for four players set in various scenarios that’s being pitched as a bridge between single-player and multiplayer for newer players. Combined Arms, as the mode is called, sees small squads pitched against various objectives in a spin on Battlefield’s chaotic sandbox where players work together to earn rewards. It’s that mode that forms the basis for the astonishing reveal trailer – all recorded in-engine, so DICE says – that gives a quickfire cinematic run-through of the various new features for Battlefield V.
The new mode also speaks to a bigger emphasis on team play that will define the multiplayer, with players now spawning into squads by default (though it will still be possible to opt into playing alone if you so desire). Ammo is now said to be scarcer, while it’s impossible to heal yourself to 100 per cent without the aid of a medic, meaning you’ll be more dependent on your squad mates to help you in battle.