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More Details About Battlefield V Companies, Loot Boxes, Skill Trees, and Live Service Support

There are around three months remaining before Battlefield V releases worldwide for awaiting fans. Despite the same historical setting from the last installment, the new entry in the franchise is going to feature several changes that promise to uplift the core gameplay. These, having been mentioned by DICE before as well, still have a few details that are being revealed as the weeks go by.

In a recent Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on Reddit last week, producer for engagement and core gameplay Ryan McArthur answered a wide assortment of questions pertaining to the upcoming first-person shooter. The main brunch of the discussion has conveniently been summarized by a fellow community member so that the important bits can be easily digested in one sitting.

Starting with the Company, a new customization system that allows you to create multiple characters with various cosmetic and weapon options. This personal collection, so to speak, will open up more options to suit your play-style as you progress through the multiplayer module.

You can have multiple weapons for each soldier, including duplicates, that specialize in different arrays based on “choices” made. This hints an in-game skill tree that will possibly branch towards different roles for each class. The same goes for vehicles as well, covering both planes and tanks.

When it comes to visual customization, soldiers can have their faces, helmets, face paints, jackets, and pants tweaked. On the same note, weapons have half-a-dozen customization slots to add emblems and such.

However, do note that customization (of any kind) is specific to the two factions in the game. There will be no way to make a British soldier look like a German one, for example. This is to ensure that players do not confuse enemies as allies.

Elsewhere, the developer reiterated that there will be no loot boxes in the game and the monetization model will be completely reliant on cosmetics. This needs bit of clarification but it may be that there will still be loot boxes, the difference being that they will only contain cosmetics and nothing pay-to-win.

In line with the new live service approach, DICE has promised to support Battlefield V for as long as players are still playing. In other words, expect new content to continue arriving for at least the next two years.

Finally, levels for vehicles and weapons are attached to their respective types. You will only be required to grind points for the tank category, for example, and not for every tank type in that category. This will bypass the frustration for picking up a new vehicle or weapon because you will still have the level advantage.

Battlefield V is scheduled to release on October 19, 2018, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Those interested can start placing their pre-orders but you might want to hold back on that for the time being.