If you’re thinking about pre-ordering Battlefield 5, you’ll want to make sure you order the right version of the game for you and your budget.
Battlefield 5 is official and it takes Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC owners back to the battlefields of the second World War.
With new gameplay elements, deeper customization, the return of co-op, new single player War Stories, and Grand Operations, you might be tempted to buy DICE’s new entry in the long-running Battlefield series.
The Battlefield 5 release date doesn’t land until November, but you can pickup a copy of the game right now through various retailers.
There are currently two main Battlefield 5 editions. One is the standard version, the other is the Deluxe Edition. The Deluxe Edition is a little more expensive, but comes with some interesting perks.
There’s also a special edition aimed at those who want to upgrade to an Xbox One X for the game’s release date this fall.
If you decide to pre-order, you’ll want to choose the right Battlefield 5 Edition and we’ll help you do exactly that here in this very guide.
Battlefield 5 Standard Edition
The most basic version of Battlefield 5 is the Standard Edition. This version of the game retails for $60, but you should search for Battlefield 5 deals before you pay full price.
Deals, like the one through Best Buy’s Gamers Club Unlocked Program (Best Buy recently closed the program, but the discount is still available to current members), drop the price below $50.
The standard version of Battlefield 5 delivers the least amount of content and gets the last release date. You’ll also miss out on instant access to items and some Special Assignments.
You do, however, get access to all upcoming Battlefield 5 DLC. Remember, there isn’t a Premium Pass this time around and all Battlefield 5 DLC is free.
If you pre-order the standard version of Battlefield 5 you’ll also get:
- Paratrooper Outfit: Once the game arrives, you can choose one of eight Special Soldier Sets available in the game to customize your troops.
- Special Assignments
- Immediate Access to Five Battlefield 1 Weapons
So who should buy this edition of Battlefield 5?
- Newcomers to the Battlefield series.
- Those that don’t have a ton of time to play games.
- Battlefield 1 addicts who want instant access to new weapons which include the Fedorov-Degtyarev, the M1911A1, BAR M1918A2, Mosin-Nagant M38 Carbine, and the M1919 SMG.
The standard edition is the safest, and cheapest, version of Battlefield 5.
Battlefield 5 Deluxe Edition
If you want a faster release date and bonus items, you might want to shell out a little more cash for the Battlefield 5 Deluxe Edition.
The Battlefield 5 Deluxe Edition comes with everything you get with the standard version plus some extras including early access to the final version of the game in November.
If you pre-order the Deluxe Edition you can get a head start on leveling up your character. While the standard game is set for release on November 20th, those who pre-order the Battlefield 5 Deluxe Edition should get access to the base game on November 15th.
In addition to the early release date those who spend the extra cash receive:
- Five Sets of Paratrooper Outfits: Once the game arrives, you can choose five Special Soldier Sets from the eight available when deploying as the British Special Air Service or German Airborne troops.
- Special Assignments: Access to Assignments inspired by the British Special Air Service’s raids on German air bases, and ones based on the defense of airfields on the North African coastline by the German Fallschirmjäger troops. You’ll also get Starter Assignments providing more ways to test your skills on the battlefield and earn rewards.
- 20 Weekly Items with Airlift: Receive vital supplies with 20 weekly Airlifts, each containing one customization item.
So who should opt for this version of Battlefield 5?
- People who know they are going to invest a ton of time in Battlefield 5.
- People that enjoy having more than just the base items/skins unlocked at the start.
- People who love customizing their characters.
Digital vs. Physical Edition
You’ll also need to decide between a physical or digital copy of Battlefield 5. There are a few key differences between the two.
If you go with the physical version of Battlefield 5, you’ll be able to sell it to a store like GameStop for credit toward another game once you get tired of playing it. You’ll also have the option to sell it for cash via a site like eBay or Craigslist.
You’ll also be able to easily lend your copy of Battlefield 5 out to friends or family members if you decide to move onto another game.
Like Battlefield 1, EA’s decided not to sell Battlefield 5 for PC with a disc in the United States. You should be able to buy the box in stores, but it won’t come with a disc. It’ll come with a download code instead.
If you have a sleeves full of CDs or a mountain of discs on your entertainment center, going with the digital version will help you cutdown on clutter.
If you have a hard time keeping track of your games or you’ve broken discs in the past, it might be smart to buy a digital copy of Battlefield 5 to avoid losing or destroying the disc.
If you buy Battlefield 5 digitally, you won’t have to look for and/or pop in the disc every time you want to play. If you like the sound of that, buy the game in the digital format.
Finally, if you pre-order a digital copy, you’ll be able to pre-load the game ahead of the release date. Pre-loading Battlefield 5 will let you play the game as soon as it unlocks on release day.
Battlefield 5 Xbox One X Gold Rush Special Edition
EA and Microsoft have announced another edition of the game dubbed the Xbox One X Gold Rush Special Edition.
The bundle is $499 and includes a 1TB special edition Xbox One X console with a unique dark gray to gold design. It also includes a controller, one month of EA Access, a copy of Battlefield 1943, and a copy of Battlefield 5 Deluxe Edition.
Microsoft is also selling a Battlefield 5 Xbox One X bundle without the special edition console, Battlefield 1943, or the free month of EA Access.
Battlefield 5 is Xbox One X enhanced so if you own a 4K television and want the best looking version of the game you’ll want to consider upgrading to Microsoft’s flagship console.
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 early access to the final version of the game in November. That isn't a typo. The game has been delayed a month so EA DICE can add more polish.
Those who pre-order the regular version of the game ($60) will get access to Battlefield 5 on November 20th while those who pay a little bit more for the Deluxe Edition ($80) will get access to the game on November 15th.
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 will open up on November 9th. Both of these 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.
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