Battlefield 5 will not have loot boxes, will sell cosmetic items

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Battlefield 5 will not have loot boxes, will sell cosmetic items

Battlefield 5 was revealed today during a special livestreamed event by developer EA DICE and publisher Electronic Arts. But one controversial subject was not mentioned, and that’s loot boxes.

Asked for comment, an EA spokesperson told Polygon that there will not be loot boxes in Battlefield 5. That’s consistent with themes shared during the reveal event and at a pre-briefing delivered to the press earlier this week. Battlefield 5 will completely divorce gameplay progression from cosmetic unlocks. Gameplay unlocks will only be available to be earned through play, while cosmetic items will have no gameplay effects.

A look at World of Warcraft’s $500 mount

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A look at World of Warcraft’s $500 mount

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is getting a new vendor mount. The Reigns of the Mighty Caravan Brutosaur is a giant brontosaurus with a portable auction house on its back — a first for World of Warcraft. But this new mount will cost players a cool five million gold, which has a real-world value of $475.

The on-demand auction house is a huge plus for most players, as a faction’s capital city —Stormwind for the Alliance and Orgrimmar for the Horde — is one of the only locations where players can buy and sell goods. Having one of these player markets available on-demand could be a total game-changer for the gold-makers of WoW.

Six ways Battlefield 5 will change the series’ traditional gameplay

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Six ways Battlefield 5 will change the series’ traditional gameplay

Developer EA DICE unveiled Battlefield 5 today during a lavish livestreamed event. Earlier this week, Polygon was invited to a private, in-depth presentation on how the game will improve on the series’ classic formula. There was a lot to take in, but I’ve broken it down into five easily digestible categories.

In Battlefield 5, every player will be able to outfit and customize a number of different soldiers in their stable, referred to as the Company. Every soldier will be fully customizable, including characteristics such as gender, race, facial features and hair. Each character will have a designated class, pulled from the four traditional Battlefield roles of assault, engineer/pilot, support and medic. As characters accumulate experience, they will be able to unlock different subclasses, referred to as Archetypes. That will allow players to specialize down a certain path, such as an anti-tank role for a particular class, although DICE’s presentation was light on details.

Battlefield 5’s new multiplayer modes, explained

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Battlefield 5’s new multiplayer modes, explained

Battlefield 5 is a return to World War II, but developer EA DICE isn’t interested in making its next game a throwback. Instead, the team has created two brand-new modes to supplement its signature lineup of large-scale battles.

Here’s everything you need to know about Combined Arms and Grand Operations.

Players can customize every aspect of their characters in Battlefield 5

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Players can customize every aspect of their characters in Battlefield 5

Battlefield 5 will offer players a new character customization system called The Company, EA DICE announced today during the game’s live reveal. The characters in every player’s Company will be different, unique in their own ways and built by each player’s own hands. The customization will offer all manner of options, including race, gender, face, face paint, jackets, pants, helmets and hats.

A player’s Company will span across all game modes. Each character inside a Company will also be able to have each battlefield tool customized differently. Weapons are now broken up into five or more components, such as bayonets, sights and stocks.

Battlefield 5 trailer takes the series to World War II

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Battlefield 5 trailer takes the series to World War II

Battlefield 5’s debut trailer, which publisher Electronic Arts premiered during a livestreamed reveal event today, confirms that the military first-person shooter franchise is heading back to World War II.

Developer EA DICE is focusing on “the unseen locations” of the Second World War, senior producer Andreas Morell said during the stream. Battlefield 5 will take players to theaters of the war that players may be less familiar with, such as Norway north of the Arctic Circle and the ruins of Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Battlefield 5 ditches the premium pass

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Battlefield 5 ditches the premium pass

Battlefield 5 won’t offer the premium pass that was sold alongside Battlefield 1, as EA and DICE want to keep the community unified by playing the same content.

The game will launch alongside a living service called Tides of War, which will give every player the new maps, modes and expansion content as soon as it’s released, without any of the content being sold separately after launch.

Battlefield 5’s big reveal is today. Watch it here.

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Battlefield 5’s big reveal is today. Watch it here.

Battlefield 5, teased in an elaborate Easter egg in Battlefield 1 and confirmed a week ago, will get its showcase reveal this afternoon at 4 p.m. ET via Twitch, YouTube and Mixer. You can watch it all live right here.

There isn’t much known yet about Battlefield 5. A teaser video from last week seemed to suggest the series was going to World War II. The last time Battlefield went there was the multiplayer-only, downloadable Battlefield 1943, which launched in 2009. So the time and place seems ripe for a revisit.

Here’s what we know about The Hungering Deep, the first Sea of Thieves expansion

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Here’s what we know about The Hungering Deep, the first Sea of Thieves expansion

Sea of Thieves fans have been aching for content, and the upcoming Hungering Deep expansion promises to deliver the first of three announced DLC packs. The Hungering Deep will hit on May 29th, and it will be followed by Cursed Sails, Forsaken Shores and weekly events. All content updates will be available for no additional cost, and we know that they bring new PVE mechanics that require cooperation but, other than that, we’re still largely in the dark

With less than a week to go until the expansion hits, the developers have revealed some more information. Executive Producer Joe Neate returned to the most recent Developer Update to share quality of life updates, information on delayed features, and confirmed that there will be a pioneer program to test new features before they hit live.

The next PlayStation is at least three years away

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The next PlayStation is at least three years away

The next PlayStation console isn’t close to release, according to PlayStation CEO John Kodera.

“We will use the next three years to prepare the next step, to crouch down so that we can jump higher in the future,” Kodera said, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. Kodera’s comments came in an interview with the press today, following a presentation to investors yesterday in which he said that the PlayStation 4 is heading into the end of its life cycle.