Battlefield V has been out for a while now, and although it is a decent FPS game, it’s definitely not one of the most well received titles of 2018. This trend continued into 2019 where game such as Apex Legends are blowing it out of the water in terms of popularity and gameplay. Despite launching their own battle royale mode called Firestorm, Battlefield V just doesn’t appear destined for long term success. This hasn’t stopped EA from trying though, as they have revealed that the previously announced Premium Currency will be launching tomorrow for the game on all platforms.
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Going by the name of Battlefield Currency, the in game virtual coins can be purchased with real life money to purchase in game cosmetics, elite sets which include a specific soldier for Firestorm, and “time savers.” While the first two are self explanatory, the time savers are something that will undoubtedly have some repercussions. Their will be two types of the time savers. First is the catch-ups, which grants the player any of the Chapter items like a Battle Pass.
Second is the XP boost which, you guessed it, gives a significant amount of experience in matches. Thankfully their is no mention of loot boxes in this announcement, but either way fans of the series will look at this with mixed views. It’s also important to note that only the cosmetic’s will be available to purchase starting tomorrow with the Battlefield Currency, as the other two will be released at a later time.
EA themselves are trying to recuperate as a distributor, especially with the recent publicity regarding Bioware’s Anthem. Adding in the Premium Currency seems like a desperate attempt to drive up sales, but if the market has shown us anything these past few years, it’s that it does work to an extent. Whether it helps or not remains to be seen, but right now it doesn’t look good.
Battlefield V is available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The Battlefield Currency releases tomorrow, April 4 for all platforms.