The fifth major update to Battlefield V, War in the Pacific, opens up the Pacific theatre, bringing new guns, maps, and more. The update will coincide with a free weekend for Battlefield V, set to run from November 1st through the 4th. This is the latest update in Battlefield V's "Tides of War" program, which brings weekly challenges to earn virtual currency, guns, and visual customization options. War in the Pacific's release announcement coincides with Battlefield V's "Battlefest," a month-long celebration with co-operative community challenges, livestreams, and more to celebrate the (almost) one-year anniversary of Battlefield V. The War in the Pacific update kicks off next week, on October 31st.
War in the Pacific sees the Imperial Japanese Army and the nebulous "U.S. Armed Forces" face off in the Pacific theatre. Two maps are launching with the update right away: a rendition of Iwo Jima and its black sand beaches, featuring both close-quarters and open-air fights; or on Pacific Storm, a map inspired by Battlefield 4's Parcel Storm map, with plenty of mobile vehicles to choose from. Additionally, the iconic map Wake Island is making a return, coming as a free update in December.
Speaking of vehicles, the next update will add some iconic entries in the M4 Sherman, F4U Corsair fighter, and the A6M Zero fighter. Necessitated by the influx of water, both factions will get access to amphibious vehicles, as well as dinghies for faster transport. Both sides will also have access to reinforcements and requisitions already available in Battlefield V, as well as the all-new rocket barrage tank. Returning from Battlefield 1 are battle pickups, powerful weapons with limited ammo, as well as new visual kits to boot. You can either become a terrifying katana wielder or a fearsome force with the M2 Flamethrower. With a new theatre of war comes a whole new slate of guns, too. From the Type 99 Arisaka to the M1 Garand, as well as the M3 Grease Gun, the BAR and several new handguns, Chapter 5 of Battlefield V is set to add in 12 new guns, though that number could easily change.
Despite a rocky start for DICE's latest multiplayer shooter, it has slowly developed over the past year. With a take on the popular Operation Metro map from Battlefield 3 and 4 releasing late in September, the latest round of updates aims to invigorate a sadly flagging community. Notably, the current plans for War in the Pacific don't include any changes coming at this time to Firestorm, Battlefield V's Battle Royale mode. Despite some unique mechanics, Firestorm has struggled to maintain a playerbase. Still, there's hope that this update will invigorate at least some competitive multiplayer aspect of Battlefield V. We'll find out when Chapter 5, War in the Pacific launches on October 31st.
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