Electronic Arts and DICE have confirmed that the Battlefield franchise will receive an all-new entry in 2018. Knowing this, we’re all in on speculating what the upcoming title will have in store, and if it will build on the World War 1 setting established by Battlefield 1.
Trusted Reviews has compiled everything we’d love to see from Battlefield 5 alongside all the latest news, release date info, gameplay and more.
What is Battlefield 5?
With 2016 seeing the launch of Battlefield 1, the World War 1 shooter is still releasing expansions at the time of writing. Knowing this, we likely won’t discover any concrete details about Battlefield 5 until 2018 at the earliest, especially with DICE hard at work on Star Wars Battlefront 2.
Time will tell whether Battlefield 5 will take us into the past once again or opt for the far-flung future. We’d be fine with either, so long as DICE maintains its usual level of explosive quality.
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Battlefield 5 release date
EA CEO Andrew Wilson confirmed in a recent investor’s call that the next Battlefield title will be launching in 2018. Platforms weren’t disclosed, although it’ll probably be coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC. Perhaps we’ll have heard about PS5 by then, too?
Battlefield 5 gameplay – How does it play?
We won’t be seeing any actual gameplay of Battlefield 5 for a few months yet, but, there are a few assumptions we can safely make. Battlefield tends to focus on scale and spectacle above all else, especially when it comes to multiplayer battles. The solo campaign is normally a smaller affair, focusing on personal stories of a few select soldiers across a larger conflict.
Battlefield 1 delivered in solo and multiplayer efforts, presenting a thrilling (if a bit short) episodic campaign and online carnage that continues to excite. With an arsenal of different classes and vehicles to choose from, experimentation is the name of the game when it comes to playing with friends and wreaking havoc across all game modes.
We’re pretty excited to see how Battlefield 5 builds on the formula we know and love.
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Battlefield 5 wishlist – things we’d like to see
Battlefield 1 was sorely missing out when it came to epic naval battles. Sure, you had a speeding train in the Arabian desert and a historic crashing zeppelin, but none let you surprise enemies with a grenade or two from beneath the water. Battlefield 5 should bring this back in style, perhaps with an assortment of new vehicles capable of ruling the seas.
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Another episodic campaign
Shooter campaigns are normally a hit or miss affair, so it was a welcome surprise when Battlefield 1’s effort proved to be better than anyone could have expected. It was criminally short, but sharing levels across a variety of playable soldiers and locations meant we received a detailed picture of The Great War.
It wasn’t a history lesson by any means, but by giving each episode an emotional context we felt invested in not only our characters, but also the things we were fighting for. Battlefield 5 would do well to learn from its predecessors.
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Call of Duty has been doing zombie modes for years, with many iterations failing to leave the same impact as its iconic Nazi original. We’d like to see Battlefield give this style of horde mode a punt. DICE could always envision the spooky dilemma on a larger scale, perhaps adapting it to a conquest-sized map with dozens of players fighting off the undead menace.
Battlefield 1’s Operations mode showed that its perfectly possible to attach a narrative of sorts to online matchmaking, and it could work brilliantly for a historic twist on everyone’s favourite flesh eaters.
With more Battlefield 5 news set to emerge in the coming months, make sure you keep an eye on Trusted Reviews!