DICE has been chatting about Battlefield V’s progression systems and economy, detailing how unlocks will work and what microtransactions and in-game currencies will be included.
Evidently, DICE is striving desperately to distance itself from the Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot crate controversy. Just as in Battlefront 2 though, there will be two types of currency supported by Battlefield V’s economy - Company Coin and Battlefield Currency. Company Coins can be earned through ranking up, daily missions, and special assignments. Battlefield Currency is paid for with real-world money.
According to a new chart for BF5, Battlefield Currency can only be spent on cosmetic items. Anyone worried about historical accuracy won’t need to spend a single penny; microtransactions are literally restricted to skins, outfits, and other accoutrements. There will be no loot crates. Players can pay cash to buy the specific items they want, although Battlefield Currency won't be available until sometime after launch.
The big point DICE emphasises here though is “You will never be able to use Battlefield Currency or spend real-world money to get anything that gives you an unfair gameplay advantage.”
The Company Coins earned through playing can be spent on these cosmetic items, but they are also used for skill tree upgrades, weapon upgrades, vehicle upgrades, new gear, weapon unlocks, and vehicle unlocks. The more you play, the more Company Coins you earn, the more unlocks you can nab.
Getting into the nuts and bolts of progression for a moment, there are five categories that can be leveled up - Career, Class, Weapon, Vehicle, and Chapter.
Your Career Rank represents your overall level and is indicative of how much time you’ve put into Battlefield V. It’s standard Battlefield on this front, and rising up the ranks will earn Company Coin and unlock new vehicles.
The Class rank is the progression within each of the four playable classes in BFV - Medic Recon, Assault, and Support. Ranking these up unlocks new weapons, perks, and gadgets.
Again, both Weapon and Vehicle Ranks will be familiar to long-time Battlefield players. Use a weapon or vehicle more and you will unlock upgrades for them, such as increased tank durability, smoke launchers, or less recoil. These upgrades are either/or, so improving weapon switching speed means you can’t unlock the improved accuracy, and vice versa.
Lastly, there is a Chapter Rank, which is all-new for Battlefield V. Chapter Rank ties into the Tides of War ongoing events. Each Tide of War will have special modes and missions, and playing these will level up the Chapter Rank and unlock Chapter rewards. DICE hasn’t said just what these rewards will be, although we’d suspect unique weapons and skins.
And one final thing - DICE has confirmed the final PC system specs for Battlefield V will be revealed tomorrow. We don't expect them to change much from the requirements we already have, to be honest, but we'll update you just as soon as we know.
Battlefield V is coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 20th.