Battlefield 5 will not include its premium, real-money currency at launch so that players can instead familiarize themselves with the new Company system and earn in-game rewards.
In a new blog post EA DICE broke down the two types of currencies coming to the game, Company Coin and Battlefield Currency. Company Coin is earned only through in-game progression and for the launch of Battlefield 5 it will be the only available currency for players.
Company Coin can be earned by progressing through Battlefield 5. There are five categories to earn rewards in: Career Rank, Class Rank, Weapon Rank, Vehicle Rank, and Chapter Rank. Each rank is pretty straightforward. Career Rank is determined by your overall progression and includes the usual military rank progression (private, lieutenant, sergeant, etc), while Class, Weapon, and Vehicle Rank are all determined by the amount of time you put into a specific soldier class, weapon, or vehicle. Chapter Rank likewise is advanced via Tides of War.
You'll earn specific loot as you play Battlefield 5 naturally and along the way you'll pick up Company Coin which lets you purchase items specific to your needs. A company is highly-personalized says DICE so there's no wrong customization path, only paths the players want to pursue.
All of this is to advance your Company, a group of soldiers you level up and personalize based on your skillset and needs. The soldiers in your Company can be leveled and dressed as you want and it looks like their progress isn't tied to real-world currency.
Battlefield Currency will launch later, and EA DICE is clear that it is an optional currency for cosmetic items. "Rock-paper-scissors gameplay has always been the foundation of the Battlefield series, and our belief is that real-world money should never enable pay-to-win or pay-for-power," EA DICE writes.
While EA DICE is committed to keeping real-world money from affecting the game, going as far as to disable it for launch, the decision is shadowed by EA DICE's Star Wars Battlefront 2 controversy regarding loot boxes and pay-to-win progression. The ensuing drama kicked off questions about legality and even outlawed loot boxes in Belgium and The Netherlands.
While we'll wait until Battlefield 5 is out officially to see how progression works, you can read our Battlefield 5 guide for everything we know before release including previews, news, and trailers. Battlefield 5 comes out on November 20 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.