DICE and EA have laid out the roadmap for their upcoming shooter Battlefield V and strangely enough, Firestorm, the franchise's foray into the battle royale genre, won't be launching until March 2019, which is perhaps leaving it a bit late.
Beancounters at SuperData projected that the battle royale genre will make up for 12 per cent of total game revenue in 2018, which aren't the sort of numbers EA like missing out on. Granted, the genre is expected to soar from $12.6 billion in 2018 to $20.1 billion in 2019, so there'll still be time to rake in some dough, but still.
DICE already announced that Nordlys, Under No Flag and Tirailleur War Stories will be there at launch, while The Last Tiger will be following in December. That's the one about a disillusioned crew of a German Tiger tank, in case the name wasn't enough of a clue.
Battlefield V's Tides of War, which is basically post-launch content, will be kicking off in the same time frame with Chapter 1: Overture. Overture comes with the Panzerstorm map that focuses on mechanised fighting across the Belgian countryside.
DICE also confirmed that this is approximately the time frame when Battlefield V's Practice mode is due. It is based on the Hamada map in an environment that can't kill you, so that players can perform shooting, driving and flying trials.
The Overture comes with weekly events and rewards, with challenges included for each event. As you'd expect, levelling up your Battlefield V chapter rank earns automatic rewards. Vehicle customisations should be added by January 2019 as well.
Chapter 2: Lighting Strikes, which "focus on vehicle warfare and rapid infantry movement." Combined Arms will let players team up with up to three friends and perform series of Combat Strike missions, fighting AI in various challenges. Revamped Rush and Squad Conquest will be added to Battlefield V in the time frame.
Starting in March is Battlefield V's Chapter 3: Trial by Fire which brings the aforementioned Firestorm and Greece map, which will see players joining an aerial invasion along the Cretan coast. EA claim that the map "brings all-out war defined by a power struggle between tank control versus air superiority."
You can find more details on the roadmap in EA's full announcement here.