In an unprecedented move by Electronic Arts and game developer DICE, the recently revealed Battlefield V has been officially delayed in America for another two years.
The reason given: To appease the fanbase over the claims the game is not a realistic take on World War II.
"This is an opportunity to correct what mistakes they see and give them the most authentic experience possible for Battlefield V." read a statement by a DICE spokesperson.
The new projected release date is now scheduled for December 7th, 2020, the 79th anniversary of the United States declaring war against Japan. To further sell the realism of Battlefield V, only one gameplay map, based on the attack of Pearl Harbor, will be available for players in both North America and Japan at first, only with a twist.
"We are giving the Japanese all of the advantages straight up in the Pearl Harbor map," said DICE, referring to the new changes to the games Grand Operations system. "The Japanese should have the advantage: more ammo, better equipment, better fortifications. The American side needs to really work at driving them back, and even then they won't win the battle no matter what they do."
Players will then have to wait another year for new gameplay modes to play as the Americans in multiplayer, specifically Operation Torch, which historically took place on November 8th, 1942. Players will be able to play other factions a few days after gaining access on December 11th, the day the United States declared war against the Axis powers in Europe.
In regards to the use of women in Battlefield V, there are plans for the American release of the game there too. "We want to include all facets of the war, all hands who played a part in it, be it men or women." stated DICE. "Therefore, there will be new modes and customization options added specifically for women avatars, the 'We Can Do It' mode."
We Can Do It is a reference to the famous Rosie the Riveter Campaign and will feature mostly American women working as nurses, welders, and war bond sales women in a series of small, multiplayer mini games. The goal is simple, to rack up resources for the war effort that will carry over into the Grand Operations and other gameplay modes. While it is only a collection of mini-games, DICE is adamant in making We Can Do It necessary for success when playing as the Americans in multiplayer; if not enough players play We Can Do It, the Americans will be at a major disadvantage resource-wise going into each game.
"The true heroes of war are not just the men on the front lines," stated DICE, "but the hard work and perseverance of women at home, feeding the well-oiled machines in Europe and the Pacific."
DICE has, however, noted that customizable avatars for Combined Arms will remain intact. "In the end, the avatars for our games are purely cosmetic and have no bearing on gameplay. If players want to have anachronistic face paint or leather jackets, they should be able to purchase them. Especially in gameplay modes that are a serious take on a war such as this."
DICE is known for catering to its fanbase in regards to the historical accuracy of the Battlefield series. After the launch of Battlefield 1, the game stopped for a week in December to acknowledge the fabled "Christmas Truce" between the Central and Allied Powers, complete with an all new Soccer gameplay mode exclusively for that week only. With this new plan of release, DICE is hoping to take the historical realism to a new level with this change in release dates.
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