DICE has unveiled further details about Battlefield V’s battle royale mode as well as a new information fleshing out the eight multiplayer modes including premium pass replacement Tides of War, single-player War Stories mode, and general gameplay changes.
First foremost, we finally have a title for DICE’s take on battle royale and it’s called Firestorm. This is much in keeping with the closing shots of a teaser released in the lead up to Gamescom last month, which depicted a closing circle of raging fire prompting speculation this was in fact our first glimpse of ‘battle royale done the Battlefield way’.
As for the details, Firestorm pits 64 players divvied up into 16 squads of 4 players in what DICE call the biggest Battlefield map ever. The trailer makes no mention of solo or duo matches and the four-man squad formula may be the only option on offer in Firestorm. The map is littered with ‘destructible buildings, weaponry, and vehicles.’
War Stories covers Nordlys, the story of a resistance fighter in Nazi-occupied Norway as she ensures her family’s survival, and also our first glimpse of North Africa-based Under No Flag telling the story of a British criminal as he attempts to breach enemy lines through uno
rthodox means. We also catch a glimpse of another available at launch campaign dubbed Tirailleur and planned post-launch story called The Last Tiger.
The Tides of War segment of the trailer covers already released details about the first event The Fall of Europe, then shares news of the second event set in Greece scheduled for release in early 2019. DICE promise weekly content, exponentially larger events, and of course free access for all players.
DICE also goes into some detail about the gameplay changes. Player movement has been improved to add a host of new fluid ways to move across the map from sliding through doorways and firing while backpedaling, to shooting grenades in mid-air and shattering through windows. Gun play is more predictable and offers more realistic destruction physics. Reinforcement can be called in the form of V1 rockets, fire spitting tanks, and supply drops.
Taking a page out of Fortnite’s book, Battlefield V turns its attention to building as each player equipped with a tool box capable of constructing fox holes, barricades, sandbag defenses, lay down barbed wire and build bridges to open up new paths through a map.
Battlefield V releases on November 20th, one month later than expected, on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.