Battlefield V says yes to women and no to game-changing loot boxes

Battlefield V says yes to women and no to game-changing loot boxes

The cat's finally out of the bag now - EA has officially revealed its next entry in the Battlefield franchise.

The project has already drawn the ire of members of the games community - or as we shall henceforth refer to them, pissy manchildren - after the cover featured a woman. Some have said this is historically inaccurate, ignoring the fact that, yes, many women were involved in combat around the globe during the Second World War.

Also keep in mind that the pissy manchildren also threw a hissy fit when Battlefield One featured a black character, one of the Harlem Hellfighters, on its cover, if you want to spot a recurring pattern of behaviour.

The project will also not feature loot boxes. Well, it won't feature loot boxes that give users an inherent advantage. An EA rep speaking to Kotaku said that all purchasable items in the game will be cosmetic-only. This follows EA saying that it hadn't given up on the business model after the backlash to Star Wars Battlefront II's implementation of them.

“Battlefield V is a homecoming for DICE as a studio—a return to the era that came to define the Battlefield franchise. 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,” DICE GM Oskar Gabrielson said.

“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.”

Here is Battlefield V's reveal trailer: 

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