Battlefield 5 will see your demand for a return to World War 2 and raise you thatother numbered war, according to a listing on Swiss retailer World of Games (spotted by Liam Robertson). The description, which also pegs Battlefield 5 for release on October 26, 2016, originally called the game a “Mehrspieler Taktik Shooter im 1. Weltkrieg” – a multiplayer tactical shooter in World War 1. It’s since dropped the World War 1 part.
Rectifying slow-firing weapons and excruciating trench warfare with the fast-paced, vehicle-focused Battlefield model sounds nearly impossible, so I would be very surprised if this listing turns out to be accurate. Have you seen what tanks looked like back then? You’d have a tough time launching off a ramp and shooting down a helicopter with one of these, I’ll tell you that much.
I’d have an easier time believing a Battlefield spinoff, like Bad Company or Vietnam, would take the franchise back to the 1910s than the next numbered sequel. Then again, that might be what we get this year, especially since a chunk of the Battlefield team was busy with Star Wars Battlefront up until December. EA CEO Andrew Wilson said a “new Battlefield experience” would arrive in time for holiday 2016, and the Great War would be very new territory for the series. Calling it Battlefield 5 might just be shorthand on World of Games’ part… or the whole listing might be wrong. Hopefully we won’t have to wait much longer to find out.