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Battlefield V's Open Beta is Now Live For Everyone

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Some interesting announcements earlier this week offered players of first-person shooters their first deeper look into what's coming from the genre's two biggest releases this fall, and more specifically, what to expect from the new features of Battlefield V and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Both games plan to offer their own first takes on the battle royale genre and now we know what to expect from each.

But before those become playable, the core game of Battlefield V has still barely been explored. We participated in both closed alpha sessions earlier this year which feature only one map and a very limited selection of features and gear, and this week the open beta begins.

Related: Call of Duty's Battle Royale Supports More Players Than Battlefield V's

The Battlefield V Open Beta opens to the public on September 6 and runs until September 11. Pre-load starts on September 3. Subscriber to either EA Access, Origin Access, Origin Access Premier, or those who pre-order Battlefield V were able to join the Open Beta early, on September 4. And the last part was especially important given that the early access open beta launched with some major problems, including matchmaking in the inability to form squads. Developer DICE has already rectified the bigger problems on that front and today the flood gates open to everyone who wants to try it out. This will be a major stress test on the servers and at the same time, DICE's chance to prove themselves after the Battlefront disappointments and some mixed reactions to their reveal event.

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We've been playing and here's a video from last night:

How to Download the Battlefield V Beta

The Battlefield V open beta client is available to download worldwide. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players can simply check their platform's respective store fronts to download the beta and install for free. PC players must use EA's proprietary Origin client to download the beta.

Minimum PC Specs for Battlefield V's Beta

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10
  • Processor (AMD): AMD FX-6350
  • Processor (Intel): Core i5 6600K
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB
  • Graphics card (Nvidia): Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB
  • DirectX: 11.0 Compatible video card or equivalent
  • Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection
  • Hard-drive space: 50GB

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Recommended PC Specs for Battlefield V's Beta

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10 or later
  • Processor (AMD): AMD FX 8350 Wraith
  • Processor (Intel): Intel Core i7 4790 or equivalent
  • Memory: 16GB RAM
  • Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB
  • Graphics card (Nvidia): Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
  • DirectX: 11.1 Compatible video card or equivalent
  • Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection
  • Available Disk Space: 50GB

What the Battlefield V Open Beta Includes

At E3 2018 and during both closed alpha sessions only the Norwegian Arctic Fjord map was playable and each of the four main classes had one or two available primary weapons with no options for equipment or sidearms. The Battlefield V open beta adds the Dutch city of Rotterdam which offers an entirely different environment and climate.

Standard Conquest mode and Grand Operations are both available for both maps in the beta. There are also more vehicles and gear available in the beta including five tanks ( Valentine Mk VIII, Churchill Mk VII, Churchill Gun Carrier, Panzer IV, and the Tiger I) and seven aircraft (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) alongside stationary and towable anti-tank and anti-air gun emplacements.

Squad leaders, who could summon airstrikes and heavy tanks with requisition points accumulated during the battle during the closed alphas, now have on additional option - a supply drop which parachutes in a container of ammo and health resupply anywhere on the map.

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Only one 'combat role' is available for each of the game's four playable classes in the beta, but a progression system has been added where players can level up their class and their individual weapons. Class upgrades allow players to acquire different weapons and equipment, where a specific weapon's progression opens up customization (skins, optics, and such) and upgrade options (faster firing, reduced recoil, better hipfire, etc.).

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.

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.

Players can customize guns but can't customize soldiers in the open beta. And included is the Armory system which is a sort of digital storefront where in-game credits can be spent on cosmetics. In the full game there will be a premium currency (microtransactions) for players to spent real money to unlock cosmetics. There will be no pay-to-win options or loot boxes in Battlefield V.

The most notable addition with the open beta however, is the introduction to Battlefield V's Tides of War - a live service where new content, challenges, and modes will be added throughout the life of the game. In the beta there are challenges players can tackle to unlock a beta-exclusive dogtag.

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More: Battlefield V Launch Delayed A Month To November 2018

Source: DICE

Key Release Dates
  • Battlefield V (2018 Video Game) release date: Nov 20, 2018
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