Battlefield 5: World War II shooter already looking fantastic, despite a few flaws


Battlefield 5: World War II shooter already looking fantastic, despite a few flaws


Battlefield V - 8 MP Modes on release

Datamines from 2016's Battlefield 1 suggest that players will be able to take part in eight multiplayer modes at launch.

So far, confirmed modes for the game aer Conquest, Domination, Frontlines, Team Deathmatch, and Breakthrough. Three more remain unnamed but will be available at launch.

This information comes from an article found in the Battlefield 1 in-game home menu - an interesting place for something like this to surface!

We're still waiting to see more information about Battlefield V's announced Battle Royale mode - something that was announced at E3 but so far remains in the dark.

Hopefully, we'll get an update soon.


Battlefield V - Hands-on Preview

Battlefield V will be a full package at launch. Not to be outdone by the likes of Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII, the folks at DICE have opted to include a Battle Royale mode in the game, retread familiar ground with the phenomenal single-player vignettes that we saw in Battlefield 1 and double down on creating a robust multiplayer suite, too.

The most interesting part of this multiplayer focus is Grand Operations - campaigns that see players engage in skirmishes over multiple maps on multiple days.

Unlike Operations from Battlefield 1, you can’t get ground into a stalemate in this mode - instead, your performance on one day affects the resources you have to play with on the next. That means you never get pulled into a ceaseless tug-of-war in the middle of a campaign: there’s always progress, always consequence.

DICE has also doubled down on character animations and movesets. When you’re lying down, you can now move backwards.

You can now fluidly jump through windows. As you move through the world, the world reacts to you: grass moves when you sneak through it, muddy puddles deform if you slide into them. These are small additions, but they all add to the immersion of the game.

It also means you move quicker and better, that you feel like a more fluid character when you’re bombing from zone to zone. It also helps when you look at other players: you can see them move clearly, telegraph where they’re facing, who they’re shooting at and what they’re looking at.

They’re all small little upgrades, but all play into a larger overall improvement.

You’ll also notice that your gunfire is more predictable in this entry, too. That’s because DICE has removed ‘random bullet deviation’ from previous games, and now where you’re aiming is where you’ll shoot. This may not be the most realistic thing in the world, but hey - from a gameplay perspective, it’s far less irritating.


Battlefield V - Overview

Release Date: October 16 2018
Developer: DICE
Publisher: EA
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Genre: FPS


Battlefield V - What is it?

Battlefield V is an upcoming first-person shooter video game developed by EA DICE and published by Electronic Arts.

Battlefield V will be the sixteenth installment in the long-running Battlefield series.

The game will be set during World War II, and will build on many of the elements first introduced back with Battlefield 1.

Battlefield 5 will tackle conflicts new to the series, introducing levels and stories inspired by the Norwegian resistance movement, and travelling to places such as France and Holland.

The game will scrap DLC plans in favour of a free live service that will be instead funded by cosmetic microtransactions.


Battlefield V - Release Date

Battlefield V will release on 19 October 2018

But depending on what version of the game you get, you may be able to access the game before then.

The first community play trial for the game, for example, is going live on 11 October 2018.

Then, on 16 October, anyone who purchased the Deluxe edition of the game will get access.

General access to the title will then start on 19 October - for all platforms.


Battlefield V - Self-Learning AI

EA and DICE might be using some pretty cutting edge technology in Battlefield 5.

In a new video, the publisher and developer show off some technology that explains how self-learning bots can add to the multiplayer experience, and how the self-learning process has been used in Battlefield 1.

These bots can move and shoot independently, whilst learning from the behaviours of real-world players. The bots will make a b-line for ammo packs of health packs when necessary, too, prioritizing them when necessary.

The bots use trial and error to improve their odds at winning matches in-game. 

Though the bots still have some way to go before being fully competent, DICE and EA are clearly keen to use them to round out the experience in multiplayer skirmishes in upcoming games.

Can we expect to see these bots in Battlefield 5? It's likely. Though in the video below, it's worth noting there are still obvious improvements to be made... we don't want to be shooting enemies that just run in circles around each other after all.

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