Regrettably, Battlefield 5 is receiving microtransactions today in the form of premium currency called Battlefield Currency. The premium currency is part of Battlefield 5 update 1.14 which is now live on Sony’s PlayStation 4, Microsoft’s Xbox One and PC.
Battlefield currency is the name of virtual currency which can be purchased with real money. It works like any other game, allowing you to buy cosmetic items but do not give you any advantage in the play-field. However, these purchasable items can also be earned by just playing the game like Fortnite.
This is what DICE has to say about Battlefield 5 Microtransactions:
The balanced rock-paper-scissors gameplay that has always been the foundation of the Battlefield series isn’t going anywhere. Player skill will continue to be paramount with the addition of Battlefield Currency, which gives players more ways to acquire items to customize their characters and arsenal in Battlefield V.
Starting today, players will be able to receive Epic rarity items along with previous Common, Uncommon, and Rare items. As of now, these new rarity items are exclusive to premium currency owners only. Although DICE says that they are working on to release new cosmetic items that will be obtainable from direct progression, Company coins or new Battlefield currency.
The developer wants everyone to have a chance to try new cosmetic items which is definitely a good thing coming from a game published by Electronic Arts. Moreover, the premium currency can be purchased within the game on Xbox One, PC, PS4 and also from digital stores. There will be different quantities available but we don’t know the details yet. Cost of the Battlefield currency is yet to be confirmed.
Players can also purchase “time-savers” including Tier catch-ups or XP boosts. Both of these types will help you unlock items fast. Tier catch-ups will allow you to unlock Chapter Reward items (cosmetic items).
The most uncommon addition is of “Elite” sets that can be only purchased with premium currency. Elites are new characters that you will be able to play within the new Battle Royale mode called Firestorm or basic multiplayer. Elite characters come with “a themed assortment of cosmetic items, character voice overs, a Best Squad animation, and an exclusive Special Assignment that helps to bring stories of these elites to life and unlocks a signature melee weapon”. These new characters don’t offer any gameplay advantages.
Time saves and Elite characters will be added to the game at a later date. DICE will also offer “value bundles” which will contain a mixture of items mentioned above. You’ll know what’s included as it will be visible on the bundle screens unlike the regular loot boxes. One of the “value bundles” will go live today to get players started.
Luckily, there’s no mention of loot boxes which is something EA is obsessed with as seen in the past.
Battlefield 5 is now available to play on Xbox One, PC and PlayStation 4.