Battlefield V Won’t be Pay-to-Win, Premium Pass Gone for Good

After courting controversy last year, DICE have confirmed that Battlefield V won’t be a Pay-to-Win game.

EA and DICE were hammered last year over Star Wars Battlefront II’s loot boxes and microtransactions. The game’s Star Cards, which were originally available only through loot boxes, were accused of being pay-to-win by giving paying players the ability to pay to get stat-altering cards. The outcry sparked an international uproar that continues to rage to this day. While DICE has worked to remove pay-to-win mechanics in Battlefront II, many have remained worried about how they’ll approach Battlefield V. Luckily, it appears EA and DICE have somewhat learned their lesson.

Speaking at the Battlefield V reveal event, DICE confirmed there will be pay-to-win elements in Battlefield V. Players will play the game to unlock new gear, including cosmetic items to customize their soldier. They, however, did not shoot down the potential for microtransactions to pop up.

Surprisingly, DICE also confirmed that the Premium Pass is gone for good. Players no longer need to shell out an extra $49.99 for new maps, modes, and guns. Instead, DICE are implementing a live service titles Tides of War that will immerse players in different theatres of World War II. Each Tides of War events adds in new maps, modes, and weapons. The first kicks off in November and explored the fall of Europe as the Germans continue to push the war further into the continent.

Battlefield V is out October 19 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.