In honor of next week’s Gamescom, DICE and EA let loose a fleshed out Battlefield V trailer earlier today. Entirely comprised of in-game footage, the two-minute video primarily offers an insight into an assault on the Dutch town of Rotterdam, which we imagine will feature as part of Grand Operations somewhere down the line. We also get our first glimpse of Battlefield V’s rendition of the north African desert as well as sunflower-littered fields, and the Norwegian snow-scapes already seen during the beta.
The collapsing buildings, atmospherics, and the quality of the explosions all point to an extremely polished aesthetic. Details like cobbles dynamically displaced by explosions hint at an attention to detail many games can only dream of. The green marshy pastures in what we imagine is the countryside surrounding Rotterdam are verdant and snaked through by flooding streams.
It’s difficult not to be awestruck by the beauty of Battlefield V regardless of feelings towards yet another take on the World War 2 conflict. That being said, the trailer does require a suspension of belief, notably when a soldier dives through a second floor window only to survive the fall unscathed thanks to a well-timed roll.
DICE have been pretty open about taking historically inaccurate liberties and the developer should be commended for their honesty. Yet, the trailer once again suggests Battlefield V may be missing the crucial ingredient that makes World War 2 such a rich resource for first-person shooters. The game play feels pointedly modern rather than in keeping with the era’s military mores and practices. The recipe may yet prove successful, but is sure to irk purest fans of the franchise.
A short segment at the end of the trailer is what truly stands out though. A rapidly shrinking ring of roaring fire closes in on a group of soldiers and, more interestingly, a tank. Though not explicitly mentioned, this sequence is a clear nod to Battlefield V’s battle royale mode. Very little has been revealed about the mode so this short clip represents our first glimpse of what DICE’s take on the popular format is primed to look like.
Battlefield V releases on October 19 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.