With Battlefield 5, EA and DICE have opted to do away with their premium pass system. It’s a smart move considering the kerfuffle caused by Battlefront 2‘s loot box system and the fact that their title is losing considerable momentum to their rival in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Instead, they’ll be providing a free post-launch live service dubbed Tides of War. And today, the duo has revealed what the first trio of Tides of War release date windows will be.
The initial Tides of War release date will come our way two weeks after Battlefield 5’s November 20th launch and continue into January. The first content drop is being called Chapter 1: Overture. The Panzerstorm map is introducing here. Within it, EA says a “German mechanized war machine plunges into Belgium, smashing into Allied defensive forces. On this tank-focused arena, you’ll roll across ridges, ditches, and elevated roads with a massive force of armor, carving a path of destruction through the countryside.”
You’ll also get access to War Stories: The Last Tiger within Chapter 1. And Battlefield 5’s Practice Range will be introduced within it as well. Chapter 1 will see the implementation of vehicular customization too, as well as weekly events and rewards.
Chapter 2 is being called Lightning Strikes. The Tides of War release date for its content is being listed between January and March. Chapter 2: Lightning Strikes will introduce the co-op mode Combined Arms, as well as a couple of new modes. These modes come in the form of a modified Rush and the reintroduction of Squad Conquest.
Chapter 3: Trial by Fire is the third Tides of War release date that EA and DICE discuss. This content will begin rolling out in March. This is when the title’s battle royale mode, Firestorm, will be introduced. Within it you’ll see “a shrinking playing field [mix] with trademark Battlefield elements such as team play, powerful vehicles, and destruction”. Battlefield 5’s Greece map will also come within Chapter 3 too.
EA promises there’s more to come following Chapter 3’s release. The studio has announced five chapters in total to this point. Hopefully each will bring something substantial enough to the table and continue to breathe new life into Battlefield 5 well into 2019 and beyond.