Battlefield 5 News

Battlefield 5's first chapter update delayed by technical issues

UPDATE 4/12/19, 11pm: DICE has announced that it's now resolved the "issue" found in Battlefield 5's first free post-launch DLC update, which resulted in a delay to its originally intended launch of today.

As such, Battlefield 5's Chapter 1: Overture update - which kicks off the game's new "Tides of War" live service - will now release tomorrow, December 5th.

In its announcement on Twitter, the developer offered its "sincerest apologies" for the delay, explaining that "The team agreed it was best for the game's health to hold off and fix the issues, so thank you for being so understanding!".

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Battlefield 5 physical sales down more than half on Battlefield 1

Battlefield 5 officially launched in shops last Tuesday, 20th November - enough time to give it five days on sale during its launch week. But it sold fewer than half the physical copies Battlefield 1 did upon its launch - when that was only on sale three days.

It sounds like bad news for Battlefield 5, and it is - but there are a couple of caveats which make it harder to tell by how much Battlefield 5 was down.

Battlefield 5 was available digitally earlier if you bought the pricier Deluxe Edition, which granted access on 15th November. And you could gain access earlier still if you subscribed to Origin Access Premier, which only launched this year. And then there's the general rise in digital game sales over physical copies. As ever, UK numbers company Chart-Track only counts boxed copies sold.

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We've been waiting a little while for an explanation of how Tides of War - Battlefield 5's new live services system to replace the premium pass - will actually work. The developer has been pretty cagey on the subject, which is unsurprising in the wake of the backlash over Star Wars Battlefront 2's loot boxes - a mistake DICE said it "can't afford to make" in future.

DICE reveals more of Battlefield 5's single-player campaign in new trailer

With just over a month to go until Battlefield 5 releases on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, DICE has unveiled a brand-new trailer, this time focussing on the events of the game's single-player story campaign.

As was the case in Battlefield 1, Battlefield 5's solo campaign - which has been given the name War Stories this time around - will employ an anthology format, telling the globe-spanning tales of men and women that found themselves embroiled in the second World War.

There are four War Stories in total - Nordlys, Under No Flag, Tirailleur, and The Last Tiger (due post-launch) - with the first following a female resistance fighter in Norway, as she battles not only "for her country's liberation from occupying forces, but her family's survival".

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If you've stumbled across the Battlefield 5 subreddit in recent weeks, you'll have inevitably encountered the ongoing debate surrounding whether the upcoming game is "realistic" enough. The uproar has mainly centred on the game's cosmetics, particularly over the inclusion of women and black characters, and has mired the game in controversy straight from the get-go.

Battlefield 5 battle royale is 64 players, called Firestorm

Tides of War and single-player stories detailed.

After weeks of mystery and secrecy surrounding the upcoming Battlefield 5 title, today, DICE finally shared some news about the game. The information came in the form of a cinematic trailer with voice narration, which detailed some of the features players can expect. And, most importantly, we now know the name of the battle royale mode: Firestorm.

Battlefield 5's PC open beta will have a profanity filter

Battlefield 5's PC open beta will have a profanity filter

"It's actually sad that things like these are needed."

The Battlefield 5 PC open beta will include a profanity filter.

In a conversation with fans on Twitter, DICE producer Jaqub Ajmal confirmed that while console players will need to keep reporting harassment via their consoles' respective systems, a text chat profanity filter will be in place for PC players.

"Please let us mute individuals not just the entire chat," a commenter said to Ajmal. "I like chatting at times but one racist/ignorant jerk makes me miss out on it because I cant [sic] tolerate reading their garbage."

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Battlefield 5 delayed a month

No longer sandwiched between Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Red Dead Redemption 2.

EA has announced a month delay for Battlefield 5. It was due out 19th October, sandwiched between big hitters Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Red Dead Redemption 2. It's now due out 20th November.

Battlefield 5's open beta gets a proper September start date

DICE has announced that Battlefield 5's open beta will commence on September 4th, for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

More specifically, as revealed in a new blog post, the Battlefield 5 beta begins on September 4th in its "early access" guise, and will be accessible to anyone that's pre-ordered the game on any platform, as well as to Origin Access Premier, Origin Access Basic, and EA Access subscribers.

Then, from September 6th, the beta will be made available to all players on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or PC (via Origin). DICE isn't yet saying how long the open beta will last, other than a vague "limited time", but does note that anyone planning to get involved can pre-load the beta client from 9am BST on September 3rd.

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DICE has made two more Battlefield expansions free until next week

DICE has made two more Battlefield expansions free until next week

BF1's Turning Tides and BF4's Second Assault.

DICE is currently giving away two Battlefield expansions - Battlefield 1's Turning Tides and Battlefield 4's Second Assault - as part of its ongoing Road to Battlefield 5 campaign. Both are free on all platforms until July 17th.

Turning Tides is focussed on the 1915 British amphibious assault of the Gallipoli peninsula, and features new weapons, new vehicles, and four new maps: Cape Helles, Achi Baba, Heligoland Bight, and Zeebrugge. Second Assault, meanwhile, is described by DICE as a "love letter to the classic maps of Battlefield 3, redesigned with the power of the Frostbite 3 game engine". It includes five new weapons, a dune buggy, ten assignments, and a Capture the Flag mode.

Both expansions can be downloaded for free until next Tuesday, July 17th, on all supported platforms via their respective online stores - that's the Microsoft Store for Xbox One, the PlayStation Store for PS4, and Origin for PC. Helpful links can be found in DICE's blog post.

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What's behind that disclaimer at the start of Battlefield V's new trailer?

What's behind that disclaimer at the start of Battlefield V's new trailer?

A new turn in the relationship between the gun industry and video games.

EA's video, posted on Wednesday to announce the upcoming World War 2-based Battlefield V, began with an unexpected disclaimer: 'No weapon, gear or vehicle manufacturer is affiliated with or has sponsored or endorsed this game.'

The publisher, like many that create military-themed games, has in the past worked with arms and vehicle manufacturers to include licensed products in its games. In 2012 EA hosted links to the websites of companies that sell and make assault weapons and tactical gear on the Medal of Honor Warfighter website, and sold a limited edition Medal of Honor-themed tomahawk as part of a charity drive to raise money for veterans and their families.

In 2013 EA formally announced that the company would no longer be working with arms manufacturers, following an investigation into the use of gun licensing by video game companies published by Eurogamer. In that report an employee for Barrett, the American manufacturer of the M82 sniper rifle, admitted the company had licensing agreements in place with various game publishers at the time, including with Activision, creator of the Call of Duty series.

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New Battlefield 5 teaser appears to confirm WW2 setting

EA has released a brand-new Battlefield 5 teaser trailer ahead of the game's full reveal this Wednesday, May 23rd, and it appears to confirm previous rumours that DICE's latest would be WW2 bound.

At first glance, the 19-second teaser, which popped up earlier today on Twitter and YouTube, doesn't seem too revelatory. Screams and gunfire can be heard as the video begins, then a gruff looking gentleman shushes the camera in extreme close-up before all goes black.

Hit play for a second time though, with your attention directed toward the HUD at the top of the screen, and you'll notice two crucial icons - what appear to be slightly stylised representations of the British Union Jack and the German Balkenkreuz - the latter used by the German army, airforce, and navy, from 1935 until the end of World War II.

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