Battlefield V’s open beta starts on 6th September – here’s everything you need to know

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Battlefield V’s open beta starts on 6th September – here’s everything you need to know

DICE talk us through modes, vehicles and weapons, and explain how you can get access early

The November launch of Battlefield V creeps closer. To ease the burden of waiting, there is an opportunity to play the game on your PlayStation 4 – and it’s just around the corner. The Battlefield V open beta will be available to the public on 6th September and will run until 11th September. Pre-order the game now and you can join the open beta early, on 4th September. Here are some key dates to jot down:

Pre-load of open beta starts:
3rd September, 10:00 AM (CET)

Open beta early access starts:
4th September, 10:00 AM (CET)

Open beta available for everyone:
6th September, 10:00 AM (CET)

So, why are we doing an open beta?

The open beta lets us test Battlefield V running in a live environment with a high player count. We’re testing technical aspects like server stability, as well as gameplay – things like weapon balancing and progression. It’s also an opportunity to collect feedback from participating players. Give us your comments and feedback on the Battlefield Forums.

The maps you’ll be fighting on – and the game modes you’ll be tackling

Among the snowy Norwegian landscapes of the Arctic Fjord map, you’ll be able to play both Conquest and two ‘days’ of the Grand Operation ‘Fall of Norway’. Those are in-game days, by the way – not the 24-hour kind. Grand Operations contain several of these days, with one game mode featured in each.

In Fall of Norway, day one will be spent in the ‘Airborne’ mode, where you’ll parachute-drop onto the battlefield and be on either side of a fight where explosives are deployed on control points. Day two features ‘Breakthrough’, where your team either attacks or defends vital sectors. In this mode, stay aggressive and tactical as an attacker – or use on-the-fly planning to keep the enemy at bay when defending.

Then there’s new scenery to explore: Rotterdam. You’ll fight in the streets of the Dutch city in its pristine, pre-war state before battles left it in devastation. Deploy on this map and try the signature Battlefield game mode ‘Conquest’.

Returning to classic rules, Conquest is a 64-player fight where two teams battle it out for control of key flags on the map. Hold the majority of these points to drain the opposition’s score and win the day.

Vehicles and reinforcements

Five iconic WW2 tanks and seven aircraft will be at your disposal in the Battlefield V open beta. Deploy as a Tanker and bring the big guns to the fight – including the Valentine Mk VIII, Churchill Mk VII, Churchill Gun Carrier, Panzer IV, and the Tiger I. If you prefer soaring through the skies, support your team from above in the Spitfire Mk VA, Spitfire Mk VB, Blenheim Mk IF, Bf 109 G-2, Ju 87 Stuka B-2, Ju 87 Stuka B-1, and the C47.

In addition to this, you’ll be able to fend off flying foes with stationary and towable anti-aircraft guns. Tanks giving you trouble? Use the anti-tank guns – also stationary or towable.

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A Squad Leader who’s collected enough Squad Points will get the opportunity to unleash the powerful Reinforcements. If you played any of the closed alphas, you’ll recognize the terrifying sight of the two heavy tanks: the British Churchill Crocodile and the German Sturmtiger.

Also returning from the alphas are the JB-2 and V-1 rocket strikes that will send enemies flying. New this time around are the Supply Canister Drops. These are sources of health and ammunition, parachute-dropped onto the battlefield at the cost of 7,500 requisition points.

Classes and Combat Roles

All four main classes are available in the Battlefield V open beta: Assault, Recon, Medic, and Support. Each class will have several Combat Roles, and in the open beta, you’ll get to try one for each class.

Every Combat Role comes with unique traits. If you, for instance, play as Recon, its Sniper Combat Role will grant you the ‘Tactical Retreat’ trait, meaning you’ll sprint faster in critical health states. The Field Medic Combat Role comes with a ‘Syringe Revive’ trait, which allows you to revive all team mates (not only those in your squad) with your Syringe.


Picking a class in the open beta also means – to some extent – picking a weapon type. The Support class wields the powerful light machine guns, such as KE7, Bren Gun, and FG-42 – but also the M30 Drilling Shotgun. Medic players can play the objective with the sub-machineguns STEN, Suomi KP/31, MP40, and EMP.

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If you’re in the heat of the battle with the Assault class, use semi-automatic weapons like the Turner SMLE, M1A1 Carbine, and Gewehr 43, or the StG 44 assault rifle. If you’re further from battle with the Recon, rack up headshots with the bolt-action rifles – here you can choose between the Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I, ZH-29, or the Kar98k.

Add sidearms, melee weapons, grenades, and gadgets to this and you’ll have a powerful, versatile arsenal to try out in your open beta fights.

A taste of Tides of War mode

With Tides of War, you and the personal soldiers of your Battlefield V company will embark on a journey through themed, different chapters of World War 2. With each chapter of Tides of War, players will have all-new ways to play while also being able to earn the latest and greatest themed Battlefield V vanity items. The open beta will be your first early look at how parts of Tides of War will work.

A five-part Tides of War chapter will be part of the open beta. Players who complete this challenge before 9th September will earn an exclusive in-game dog tag to use in Battlefield V at launch.

The ‘Shock Troops’ chapter is just a small taste of Tides of War – there’s a lot more to come. Make sure to give us your feedback on what the flow of playing these challenges feels like.

Enjoy the open beta

Have fun in your battles at Arctic Fjord and Rotterdam – we hope you’ll enjoy the unexpected WW2 moments that the open beta will feature. Also, remember that this is a chance for you to give feedback and help shape Battlefield V.

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  • Do i need PS PLUS to play the beta?

  • what happened to the promotional pics of female soldiers with warpaint makeup because you guys “wanted to be on the right side of history” ?

    also, will there be dance emotes in this year’s commercialization of one of Europe’s darkest times, or will kids only get to buy funny skins and flashy weapons ?

    • EA tends to go really wrong whenever they try and do the whole “womens” thing.

      Remember the E3 when they were promoting Battlefield 1? They were doing some big promotion about the “importance of women in gaming” or something. Then they interrupted it suddenly because the room full of (only) guys were ready to play BF1. What made it weirder was they proceeded to mainly focus on a group of guys wearing tshirts boldly promoting someone convicted of doing, erm, violent illegal things to women. It was a bit bizarre.

    • lol I want to see that but I could only find a video of an E3-BF1 promo event with a Wiz Kalifa interview. EA execs must love him, thinking “here’s another guy who can’t look at himself in the mirror anymore”

    • *yaaaaawwwnn*

  • How about “Everything you need to know about this week’s PS Store update” :P

    • There isn’t one anymore they can’t be bothered Playstation Europe worst service in playstation history ever since Andrew house left . Person running playstation Europe know should be fired .

  • Nice to see an ‘open’ beta. Whilst I was hoping for a gritty authentic WW2 game akin to 1942 but with all the advancement of modern graphics/gameplay, at least we’re given the option to try it out first without having to pre order *cough cod cough*

    Will definitely give this a try, thanks ?

  • Everything you need to know about this Battlefield.

    1. It will be expensive, yet It will probably have silly unlocks and expensive DLC, then get dumped for really cheap when no one plays it anymore.

    2. It will have basically no “historical” accuracy, much like our representation of WW1 as everyone having automatic weapons and speedy tanks.

    3. It will be replaced by another Battlefield in a year or so.

    • Standard troll, they’ve already said that DLC is free…

      With you banging on about historical accuracy I imagine you were outraged about a woman been in the promo trailer.

      The only correct statement, EA always pump out a new game every year

    • are they really new games though?

      and how about this: instead of attacking others for their comments, just go and leave your own comment on BFV. I’ll help you out, you just need to copy-paste :

      “World War 2 is best war EVER. shut up and take my money EA. Thanks sooo much for making an open beta and letting us stress test le game for free! oooh yea boi. World War 2 and EA: it’s gonna be lit. Mommy buy pls.”

    • Standard guy with no memory. Remember “Free DLC” in Battlefront II, remember how the “basic” game is as expensive as a “deluxe edition”? Guess not.

      Why would I be “outraged”, it actually happened? Basic things like representing different time periods as having different combat and different weaponry (and gameplay) would be nice. Or do you want every single game to be exactly the same combat with different weapon skins and a one gimmick?

    • Not often you read a comment that got no fact at all, kinda funny. It will cost like every other Battlefield game does when its released and the dlc will be free. No one plays it anymore? It takes me 5 seconds to find matches in Battlefield 4, Battlefield 1 and even Battlefield Hardline. And which games does not become cheaper after a while?

      Last of all, Battlefield games almost never come out every year.

    • True. On the Face.

  • I already know everything I need to know, it’s from EA, so NO, just NO.

  • So now you added killstreaks aswell?The more I read about this game, the more Im on the fence.

    As a lifetime bf fan, it’s sadening.

    As bf has always been a sure pre order

    • Yea nowadays I often get the feeling that BF is trying to be more like COD while COD is trying to be more like BF… It’s quite worrisome.

  • Everything you need to know is it got delayed…

  • Where is playstation store update on store oh wait there isn’t one anymore . I look on playstation USA blog see what coming out at least they bothered.

  • Oh you do BF beta for free but you can’t do a free anthem demo EA Games since have pre order anthem to get demo of it disgusting EA

    • Why do you think there will be no free Anthem beta?

    • I don’t think be beta what I heard is that EA charging a demo of the game means got pre order the game to get the demo of anthem. If doing beta they wouldn’t do a demo would they. It should be free or open beta but no.

    • This is just another silly side effect of modern gaming. It’s like people are often more excited for a friggin demo or beta than for the actual game. I never understood the value in playing an unfinished built to get a better opinion of a game. I remember playing the Mass Effect 2 demo and being completely put off by it, the technical quality etc. But decided not to let that stop me from getting the full game, which played beautifully. Demos and betas are way overrated. Major waste of bandwith imo.

  • I believe calling fans and just overall people who had issues with the game in it’s early showings “uneducated” told people what they will do with their own money. Calling your consumers names and labels… means you are bad at marketing and understanding what a “fan” or “enemy” is.

    “You don’t have to buy it!” is not a good marketing move and every person who works in consumer based industry knows it. If you work with your clients/users you should know the basics of PR. What you have shown is not.

    Sadly, EA has had done huge damage to their clients/fans/users/developers already. So every game that’s being developed from under their production is being objected as a “very risky” product.

    Anyway, I wish Battlefield had something new in their mode types, or try going in slightly different direction. However that slightly different direction doesn’t mean calling their history version of events “factual”. Just try finding new style for new players, or old ones who got bored with new, shiny graphics and old boring style of gameplay. I used to play a lot of BF games, but seeing same style of gameplay for a quite long time makes me bored. Bad Company 2 is still one of the better BF titles out there, but that’s a game from an old times, when EA’s developers were pretty good. If you want, just buy it.

  • Spider-man, spider-man does whatever Playstation can. Oh sorry this blog post ain’t about spidey… but..come on. Reviews just came out and it’s looking to be a mighty fun colourful happy time of gaming this weekend. :D

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