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Battlefield 5 trailer takes the series to World War II

Visit the unseen locations of the war

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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.

It will be the first full Battlefield game set during the Second World War since 2009’s Battlefield 1943, although the opening mission of 2010’s Battlefield: Bad Company 2 took place in that conflict. Of course, the series began in World War II with 2002’s Battlefield 1942.

A new gameplay element shown in the trailer was the ability to go prone on one’s back. That includes the option to crawl backward and to slide down hills while firing.

Battlefield 5 is set for release Oct. 19 on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. EA Access and Origin Access subscribers will be able to take advantage of the Play First Trial starting Oct. 11, and customers who buy the Deluxe Edition can start playing Oct. 16. For more on Battlefield 5, check out our preview of six ways it changes the series’ gameplay.

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