Battlefield V won’t include microtransactions at launch, EA DICE has announced. Microtransactions will be added post-launch using a paid in-game currency called Battlefield Currency, but DICE promises they will only be used for cosmetic items.
“We want players to get hands-on experience with their Company [the name for players’ collections of items], the progression system, and earning Company Coin before introducing premium currency,” DICE said. “Balanced rock-paper-scissors gameplay has always been the foundation of the Battlefield series, and our belief is that real-world money should not enable pay-to-win or pay-for-power.”
Company Coin, an in-game currency you earn solely through play, can be spent on weapon and vehicle upgrades, as well as cosmetic items like weapon skins. Battlefield Currency, acquired with real money, only gives access to “specific cosmetic items for your Company.”
We already knew that Battlefield V would drop the series’ usual premium pass, so EA DICE appears to be going all in on keeping the playing field level both at launch and beyond with its content model.
DICE also outlined the progression system, which is split into five categories and focuses on in-game rewards:
- Career rank: Overall progression. Increasing your rank earns you Company Coin and new vehicle unlocks.
- Class rank: Unlocks new combat roles and weapons for the four classes as you level up.
- Weapon rank: Weapons level up individually allowing you purchase new modifications.
- Vehicle rank: Like weapons, vehicles level up individually to unlock new modifications.
- Chapter rank: Tied to Tides of War. Full details haven’t been revealed.
Battlefield V launches November 20 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. We recently learned that its battle royale mode won’t arrive until March 2019. For more on Battlefield V, check out our hands-on preview of War Stories, the single-player campaign.
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