If you’re interested in DICE’s new entry into the Battlefield series, there are some things you should probably do before Battlefield 5 arrives for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC this fall.
Battlefield 5 pre-orders are live ahead of the game’s official release date(s) this October. Battlefield 5 actually has three release dates. One for the standard version of the game, one for those who pre-order the Deluxe Edition, and one for members of EA Play/Origin Play. EA and Origin Play members get first dibs on October 11th.
EA’s offering bonuses to those who pre-order a copy including an early release date for those that order the Deluxe Edition. The Deluxe Edition arrives on October 16th. The global Battlefield 5 release date takes place a few days later on October 19th.
Making a decision about a pre-order is just one thing prospective Battlefield 5 buyers need to do before the game makes its way to shelves.
In this guide we’re going to outline a few other things we think you should do before Battlefield 5’s release date starting with watching EA Play 2018.
Watch EA Play 2018
You may have heard, but in case you didn’t, Battlefield 5 is going to make its grand debut on stage at EA’s annual E3 event, EA Play.
EA Play 2018 kicks off on June 9th with a press conference and it’s there that we expect DICE to outline the game in greater detail.
If you haven’t bought into Battlefield 5 and the return to World War 2, you’ll want to tune in to gather more information about the game.
At the event, we expect to hear more about the Grand Operations game mode, see a new map, and see the game’s multiplayer mode in action for the first time.
The multiplayer experience is at the heart of all Battlefield games and the preview could sell you on a copy of Battlefield 5 or push you away.
EA Play 2018 will also be the first place to try Battlefield 5. EA is hosting a demo at the event and it’s open to the general public. So in addition to feedback from critics, we should get a steady stream of feedback from hardcore Battlefield fans and causal gamers as well.
That feedback could help you decide for or against a pre-order.
Try the Battlefield 5 Beta
In addition to the Battlefield 5 demo, EA will release an open (public) Battlefield 5 beta sometime before the release date. Anyone interested in buying Battlefield 5 is encouraged to signup for and try the beta whenever it’s released.
If you’re one hundred percent certain you’re buying Battlefield 5, try the beta to help DICE improve the final version of the game. Your bug reports will help add additional polish.
If you’re unsure about the game after EA Play 2018, trying the beta will help you make a decision. It won’t be the full version of the game, but it’ll help answer many of your questions.
And if you’re new to the Battlefield series, it’ll help you decide if this is a series you want to jump into. Battlefield is more objective-based than shooters like Call of Duty. Games can also take a lot longer.
If you own an Xbox, you can subscribe to EA Access for $30 per year or $5 a month. EA Access lets you play games five days early for up to 10 hours. It’s an investment, but it’ll give you a chance to try the full version of Battlefield 5 before its official release date.
Again, the game will be released on EA and Origin Access on October 11th.
Pick the Right Edition
Retailers across the globe are taking Battlefield 5 pre-orders. And while many of you should wait for EA Play 2018 or longer, some of you might be fine putting in an early order right now.
There are some great reasons to pre-order Battlefield 5 ahead of its release date, but you’ll want to make sure an early order is worth it. To assist you we’ve released a guide that’ll take you through the best reasons to pre-order Battlefield 5 and the best reasons to wait.
If you do decide to pre-order Battlefield 5, you’ll want to make sure you order the right edition for you and your budget.
Our guide to the Battlefield 5 editions will help you make the right choice. Many people are going to be fine with the $60 (or less) version of the game, but some of you might benefit from paying a little extra.
Keep an Eye Out for Battlefield 5 Deals
Keep your eyes peeled for Battlefield 5 deals as we approach the game’s release date.
There aren’t a ton of deals out there right now, but Amazon Prime and Best Buy Gamers Club Unlocked subscribers should be able to save the usual 20% on a pre-order. If you’re an EA Access member you can save 10% on the digital version of Battlefield 5 if you pre-order the game.
You can get a $10 reward certificate to use on a future purchase when you order Battlefield 5 through Best Buy. We could see Best Buy, and other retailers, offer additional trade-in offers that let you save on a copy of Battlefield 5 so be on the lookout for those.
We could also see retailers like Green Man Gaming and NewEgg offer pre-launch deals.
Think About Buying an Xbox One X or PS4 Pro
We expect Battlefield 5 to come with upgrades for current-generation consoles. You can expect better performance and more detail from the game’s graphics.
The good news is that you probably won’t have to pay full price for a PS4 Pro or Xbox One X. We saw several deals popup in the first half of the year and we should see more as we approach the fall.
Pre-Order if You Want to Play Battlefield 5 ASAP
If you want to play Battlefield 5 the second it goes live you'll want to pre-order a very specific copy of the game.
Pre-ordering the game's Deluxe Edition will grant you three days early access to the final version of the game in October.
Those who pre-order the regular version of the game ($60) will get access to Battlefield 5 on October 19th while those who pay a little bit more for the Deluxe Edition ($80) will get access to the game on October 16th.
If you want to play even earlier than that, you should think about getting an EA Access (Xbox) or Origin Access (PC) account.
The Battlefield 5 Play First Trial for EA Access and Origin Access members opens up on October 11th. Both require a paid subscription, but they'll give you the earliest access to the game.
If you think you might want to start ranking up your character the second Battlefield 5 goes live, think about putting in a pre-order.