Just a couple weeks ago, we had talked of the announcement of the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 release and the weekend betas they offered. I played the beta and the game was okay but that wasn’t the FPS beta that I was the most excited about. EA DICE finally announced their Battlefield V beta dates and I am very excited. Strangely, the public doesn’t seem to agree but we will get into that. First: the beta.
For those players that either have early access codes or pre-ordered the game, the closed beta will begin on September 4th and the beta can be loaded on the 3rd. For those that just want to try the game, the open beta will begin September 6th and while I haven’t seen any official end date for the beta yet, my guess is that the run will last until about September 8th or 10th, unless DICE wants to give players a bit longer.
According to the official Battlefield V website, there will be two playable maps during the beta, which is an improvement after the Battlefield 1 beta when they only released Sanai Desert. Honestly, the beta ruined Battlefield 1 for me for about a year due to that map, but eventually I gave the game a shot and now it’s one of my favorites. Players can join a 64-player conquest on the Rotterdam map, set in Holland or the Arctic Fjord map, set in Norway. New additions to the gameplay are fortifications, towable weapons and squad reinforcement systems. After watching some of the alpha, the game mechanics have changed yet again from what we’re used to for BF1, but it seems easy to get a handle on.
DICE is even giving players a little taste of the campaign to learn a little of the story that surrounds WWII called “Tides of War”, that is set to release a chapter every few months. According to IGN, there will not be a premium pass system like games of the past meaning that most of the big content after the main release will be free to all players. Players will also receive a special Battlefield V dog tag at the game’s launch if they finish the 5-part “Tides of War” preview during the beta.
It would seem that Battlefield V is already dealing with their share of controversy even before the game is released. Whether people are complaining about women being in a WWII game or people complaining that the previous games should have included women, it would seem that everyone is complaining about something. I realize that Battlefield V is touting realism in its story and during the fight but I’m going into this just ready to enjoy the gameplay. While some like the campaigns, I’m more of an online player myself and I look forward to checking out the new game mechanics.
Guys, this game looks FUN and it’s not too late to pre-order it for early access and based on some early reports, Battlefield V pre-orders are trailing behind Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 by up to 85% in some cases. So, get out there and order your copy to play early. Battlefield V releases October 19th for PS4, Xbox One and PC.