Battlefield V is the first World War II game in the Battlefield franchise since Battlefield 1943. In addition to the traditional 64-player multiplayer experience headlined by the Conquest game mode, Battlefield V includes a single player campaign, a cooperative mode, and a battle royale mode.
In previous Battlefield entries, if the player was injured and managed to escape further injury for a period of time, they could recover to full health.
In this entry, the health system is staggered with multiple levels. The player, on their own, can only recover up to a maximum of the current level of health they're in, enhancing the importance of the Medic class and their med-packs. One of these packs can be carried by all players to heal themselves in the field. This can be replenished by a Medic or by interacting with a medic crate.
Battlefield V also introduces significant changes to player reviving. All players can revive their squad mates regardless of their class. This comes with a longer animation that leaves the player vulnerable.
Player movement is slightly more robust than in previous entries. Climbing over walls and sliding, introduced in Battlefield 1, return. New features include crouch sprinting and going prone on one's back. In addition, nearby V-1 and JB-2 rocket explosions can knock the player to the ground.
Air and ground vehicles have limited ammo in Battlefield V. On the ground, vehicle ammo can be replenished at resupply stations that can be destroyed and rebuilt by players. In the air, both factions have a resupply station at their base that replenishes ammo by flying over it.
A completely new feature to the Battlefield series is the ability to build fortifications at predetermined locations around the map. The types of fortifications include military assets and structures that can be built on every map. These include sandbags, barbed wire, fox holes, trenches, tank stoppers, machine gun nests, and reinforced destroyed buildings.
All classes have the ability to build the basic items; however, the Support class is the only one that can build offensive fortifications, such as machine guns and field canons. Additionally, the Support class has a far superior build speed in comparison to other classes.
Replacing the Behemoth super vehicles in Battlefield 1 are squad reinforcements. As a squad earns points, the squad leader can spend these points on different support options.
- Rocket Strike: Depending on the faction, a V-1 or JB-2 rocket will be launched to the designated location, creating a massive, devastating explosion.
- Sector Artillery: A powerful artillery barrage that strikes the designated location.
- Supply Drop: An airdropped canister that provides ammunition and health packs.
- Smoke Barrage: A smoke screen blankets an area.
- Heavy Tank: Depending on the faction, a Churchill Crocodile or Sturmtiger tank is deployed for the squad to use.
- Anti-Tank: Depending on the faction, a Pakwagen or British half-track is deployed for the squad to use. These vehicles are designed to take out enemy armor.
Returning from Battlefield 1 is the Operations mode, but modified to take place over the course of four fictional days. The results of each day affect following days, and it is possible to be unable to complete all four days.
Cooperative mode returns in the form of "Combined Arms." Four players can team up to fight against AI targets and achieve mission goals as a cohesive unit.
A system that allows players to create stables of customized characters, which includes class selection, load outs, vehicle options, and character model customizations.
Tides of War
The game's version of live events takes place over the course of several months each. Tides of War includes a track of cosmetic items that are unlocked by completing challenges during the ongoing Tides of War chapter.
Battlefield V's battle royale mode is called Firestorm. Firestorm maintains the 64 player count and features the largest map in series history, named Halvøy. As with other battle royale games, players parachute onto the map and must scavenge for their equipment.
Weapons are tiered, with higher level weapons featuring more attachments and better handling. Many of the gadgets from multiplayer can be found, including explosive launchers and anti-tank mines. Flare guns can also be found that allow players to call for a supply drop, vehicle drop, artillery strike, or rocket strike.
Many civilian and armored vehicles can be driven in Firestorm. Special vehicle bunkers containing tanks are also located around the map. Opening these bunkers requires slowly turning two wheels while an alarm sounds, potentially alerting nearby opponents. All vehicles, including tanks, run on fuel which can be replenished with fuel cans. Firestorm is the only mode in Battlefield V that features a rudimentary helicopter.
Environment destruction is present in Firestorm. The storm itself, a ring of fire, destroys everything in its path as it closes in.
Battlefield V is the first Battlefield game since Battlefield 3 to not have a Premium Pass. All maps and weapons are free, erasing the player divide that drew criticism in previous games. The game includes a premium currency called Battlefield Coins that are used to purchase cosmetic skins only for soldiers and weapons.