A brand new Battlefield 5 open alpha has just been announced for the upcoming week, merely a month before the full open beta for the game kicks off in September. In this Battlefield 5 everything we know guide, we'll be running through all the confirmed details for the upcoming historical shooter by DICE so far, including the final Battlefield 5 release date, the aforementioned Battlefield 5 open beta taking place in September, as well as all the Battlefield 5 gameplay we've both seen and played so far. There's also details on the upcoming Battlefield 5 Battle Royale mode after launch, as well as Battlefield 5 DLC plans, which EA has already outlined in their 'Tides of War' feature.
EA plans to release Battlefield 5 as their huge FPS game later this year, but there's still a lot of time between now and then. Right up until the game eventually launches in October, we'll be keeping this guide entirely up to date with all the details EA releases about Battlefield 5.
Battlefield 5 Release Date
Back on May 23, EA and DICE revealed Battlefield 5 for the first time. This was an event in London, shown around the world and hosted by Trevor Noah of The Daily Show. It was here that EA announced that the Battlefield 5 release date would be October 19, although if you're an EA or Origin Access subscriber, you can begin playing the game eight days early on October 11.
If you pre-order the Deluxe Edition of Battlefield 5, you’ll be able to play the game starting from October 16, three days before the final release date of the standard edition, and five days after the EA Access period. We don’t yet know the price for the Deluxe Edition of Battlefield 5, but we’ll make sure to update this guide whenever we hear any additional information.
Battlefield 5 Open Beta Details
Although there was a closed alpha for Battlefield 5 not too long ago, EA has now revealed that an open beta for the shooter will be arriving in September. When exactly in September? We're not sure as of right now, but we'll be updating this section of our guide as soon as EA announces any further information.
As for alpha details on Battlefield 5, EA just recently announced that there'll be an open alpha for the shooter this month. This open alpha for Battlefield 5 will kick off on August 14, and EA has said it'll be focusing on player progression speed for the limited event.
Battlefield 5 Battle Royale Mode
At EA's E3 2018 event in LA, the Battle Royale mode for the game was revealed for the first time. EA said that this mode would be coming to Battlefield 5 at an unspecified point after launch, and when DICE creative director Lars Gustavsson spoke to Gamespot after the show, he said that there was an "extremely big push" from within DICE to get a Battle Royale mode added to the game.
"I would be lying [if I said] there weren't people in the studio that would play [battle royale games] a lot," Gustavsson added later on. "We enjoy it. It's good fun, and it brings a new perspective." We don't know when we can expect the new mode for Battlefield 5, but at least we know it's in the works.
Battlefield 5 Single Player War Stories
If you were wondering whether single player is back in Battlefield 5, then fear not, for the War Stories mode from the previous game is returning. Battlefield 1 was rightly praised for its War Stories mode, which depicted multiple characters fighting their way through various battlegrounds of the First World War. We don't yet know where or when Battlefield 5's War Stories will be taking place, but we did catch a very brief glimpse of a protagonist falling into a lake, which EA stated was taking place within Norway.
You can see a snapshot of the protagonist for the aforementioned Norway War Story in Battlefield 5 just above. This brief glimpse was then slightly expanded upon at Microsoft's E3 2018 presentation on June 10, when we saw the protagonist in melee and ranged combat with throwing knives against occupation forces.
Battlefield 5 Grand Operations and Modes
Operations were a massive part of Battlefield 1, and Battlefield 5 is taking this is a step further, introducing Grand Operations. This new mode takes place over four total days, with each day being a single step in a massive battle. On the first day, you could be tasked with taking down the other team’s artillery, and on the second day, the number of artillery you sabotaged will have a direct impact on how many respawns your team has.
On the third day of Grand Operations you’ll switch maps, the example EA used in a presentation to press was switching between different parts of Rotterdam, and you can also change modes. It’s in this third day of the battle that Grand Operations can end if one team has a decisive victory, but if it’s a close finish the battle will roll into the fourth and final day.
In the fourth and final day of Grand Operations, either team can win. All four days of Grand Operations can potentially feature different modes on different maps, and EA told us that the location of the mode will be changed up every few weeks. It’s certainly a long haul game mode, and can potentially last for around an hour.
Apart from Grand Operations, we know so far that both team deathmatch and domination are set to return for certain in Battlefield 5. We don't yet know the other modes for the shooter, but it's highly likely that one of them will be 'search and destroy', given that one of the scenarios in Grand Operations is for the attacking team to destroy several artillery stations around the map.
Battlefield 5 Airborne Mode
After the official reveal of Battlefield 5 for the first time in late May 2018, the official Battlefield Twitter account revealed the new Airborne mode. You can see the announcement tweet just below, in which DICE reveals that you'll parachute your way onto the map, before destroying artillery positions on the ground.
Say hello to Airborne: a new #Battlefield V mode where you'll parachute into the battlefield and work with your squad to destroy enemy artillery, or defend them and make sure the threat from above is dealt with. pic.twitter.com/Pw9j7isjFe— #Battlefield V (@Battlefield) May 31, 2018
This sounds pretty similar to a scenario in Grand Operations that DICE revealed during the unveiling of Battlefield 5. As we detailed previously, there's a Grand Operations mode in which attacking players must destroy artillery positions, while the defending players attempt to stop the other team from sabotaging their anti aircraft weaponry.
Battlefield 5 Customizable Company
EA also revealed the new “Companies” feature for Battlefield 5 in the reveal stream on May 23. Every player will have their own unique Company, and it’s within this company that you can customize your soldiers, weapons, and vehicles including tanks and planes.
Soldiers can be customized with warpaint and hairstyles, while weapons will each have between five and seven customizable cosmetic parts to them, including scopes, stocks, and barrels. Meanwhile, you can outfit your tanks and planes with a variety of sprays and paint skins, to make them stand out in Battlefield 5.
You can earn new cosmetic items for your Company through two ways: playing Battlefield 5, or purchasing them with microtransactions. EA stressed that you can earn every single cosmetic for your Company through playing the game, so you won’t have to shell out money to get hold of the rarest skins or stocks for you weapons or soldiers.
Battlefield 5 DLC - Tides of War
As for the DLC plans for Battlefield 5, EA revealed that there would be no Premium or Season Pass for the game, like there was for Battlefield 1. The goal is to clearly keep the player base together, since Battlefield 5 is such a team focused game. As such, there won’t be a split in the player base between those who own new maps and modes in DLC, and those who don’t.
There will be four total “Chapters” of DLC available for Battlefield 5 throughout the first year of the game’s lifespan. There’ll be a new DLC Chapter roughly every few months, and these can feature new maps, modes, Grand Operations, as well as brand new War Stories, the single player feature that’s returning from Battlefield 1.
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This is everything you need to know about Battlefield 5, condensed into a single article. Keep an eye on this page however, as we'll be updating it with additional details moving forward, such as when EA announces the start date for the Battlefield 5 beta.
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