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Battlefield V: Australian release date, prices, pre-orders and more

After Battlefield 1 winded back the clock to the Great War, DICE is returning the series to its roots with an immersive new portrayal of World War II. 

Battlefield V will deliver a new single-player campaign, a redesigned multiplayer experience with customisable soldiers, weapons and vehicles, and following in the footsteps of the entire gaming industry, a new ‘Firestorm’ battle royale mode.

In true Battlefield form, you’ll fight on the land, sea and air in historic conflicts across the world – from the war-torn streets of Rotterdam to the Arctic Circle and the North African desert.

It promises to be the most intense, immersive and innovative entry into the Battlefield franchise yet. We’ve compiled all the best deals, as well as all the information you’ll need to deploy when the game is released in Australia on November 20, 2018 on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC. 

Pre-orders

Battlefield V is currently available to pre-order in Australia from participating retailers. As gamers are well accustomed to, there are a variety of pre-order bonuses available depending on the edition of the game that you purchase.

If you are a PC player there’s an opportunity for you to get the game really early. If you sign up to Origin’s Access Premier subscription service ($19.99 monthly), you can play the game from November 9.

Standard Edition

Each standard edition pre-order comes with the Enlister Offer. This includes a Firestorm ranger set, special assignment, one set of paratrooper gear and immediate access to five Battlefield 1 weapons.

Pre-ordering at EB Games also gets you an exclusive Battlefield V Steelbook.

Deluxe Edition

The deluxe edition includes the Enlister Offer from the Standard Edition, as well as: the ability to play the Battlefield V base game five days early, six paratrooper outfits, extra special assignments and 20 weekly customisation items from Airlifts.

By pre-ordering the deluxe edition, you will be able to play the game from November 15, 2018.

BFV Deluxe benefits

The Deluxe Edition includes early access, cosmetics and special assignments.

What to expect in Battlefield V

The most brutal, immersive and large-scale warfare in gaming. You’ll feel every round whizzing past your ear and feel every mortal shell pounding into the dirt beside you.

“World War II like you’ve never seen it before,” is the game’s slogan, and they aren’t joking. The gameplay in Battlefield V will feel more terrifying, realistic and challenging than ever.

And all the multiplayer and solo experiences will take place in the largest and most dynamic sandbox environments in the franchise’s history.

Single-Player Campaign

Unlike Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, which decided to scrap the solo campaign altogether, EA has decided to double down on its single-player offerings.

The War Stories campaign will depict the untold stories of World War 2. You’ll play as a diverse range of characters in locations all over the world, fighting for and against several different nations.

There are five stories in total: a prologue, Nordly, Tirailleur, Under No Flag and The Last Tiger. Missions will range from stealth offerings, like the tale of a young female resistance fighter in occupied Norway, to the desperate final stand of a German tank commander in the dying days of the war.

It sounds amazing, and if it’s half as good as the campaign in Battlefield 1, I’ll be shedding some tears.

Multiplayer

Battlefield V comes with several all-new multiplayer modes and maps, allowing you to squad up and play in a combination of exciting ways.

Alongside fan favourites like Conquest, Domination and Team Deathmatch, there will be Final Stand, Frontlines and Breakthrough modes.

There’s also Airborne, a new match type that sees one side parachuting into a map with the aim of sabotaging artillery guns, while a team on the ground battles to defend them.

But the big news is Battlefield V‘s Grand Operations mode. It sees you play as a soldier for the Allies or Axis, tasked with either attacking or defending a location.

Taking place across four in-game days, matches take place over multiple maps, each with a different game mode. Your progress – and whether you win or lose – will depend on how well you do on each day.

Say you have trouble containing the enemy on day one; that means you’ll be down on troops and supplies on day two. A draw on day three means that leading into the final battle on day four, you’re working with limited ammo, low resources and no respawns.

EA’s website insists that you’ll have to “fight to the last man. Fight to the last breath.”

The Tides of War is a limited-time initiative that ensures a steady stream of new modes, maps, and gear for Battlefield V post-launch.

Firestorm Battle Royale

Yep, just like seemingly every other game released in 2018, Battlefield V will have a battle royale mode called Firestorm. By now you know the drill: squads face off in a winner-takes-all battle of survival.

EA has confirmed that the gameplay, vehicles, weapons and colossal destruction that is synonymous with the Battlefield multiplayer experience will carry across to the new battle royale mode.

BF5 battle royale

Another battle royale mode threatens to take PUBG’s market share.

EA and DICE have been tight-lipped on what exactly the mode will entail. What we do know, however, is that Firestorm will be made up of 16 squads of four and take place on the largest Battlefield map ever.

Instead of a storm, the fight will be enclosed in a ring of fire that slowly shrinks the battlefield, and squads will have to secure objectives that grant better gear.

Unfortunately, Firestorm won’t be immediately available to play when Battlefield V is launched. According to a roadmap released by DICE, it has been delayed until March of 2019.

Battlefield V is a homecoming for DICE as a studio—a return to the era that came to define the Battlefield franchise,” said Oskar Gabrielson, General Manager of EA DICE in a statement at the game’s announcement.

“But as nostalgic as we are about World War 2, we wanted to challenge the preconception of the era with an unexpected portrayal of this familiar setting.

“Our vision with Battlefield V is to let players explore new and untold sides of the conflict that shaped the modern world.

“The scale of each battle and level of immersion is unlike anything we’ve done before in Battlefield and players are in for an epic journey.”

Battlefield V is available world-wide on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on November 20.

[Feature and body images courtesy of EA DICE]

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