Battlefield 5’s upcoming free content update, Chapter 5: War in the Pacific, goes live next week, and to celebrate its imminent release DICE has released an explosive new trailer.
War in the Pacific will add a mass of new content to the game, including new maps, factions, weapons, vehicles, and character skins. As you would probably expect, the two new factions are the United States and Japan, and they’re bringing iconic weaponry and vehicles with them, including the likes of the M1 Garand, Type 99 Arisaka, Type 100 SMG, M1919A6 machine-gun, or even a Katana, which looks absolutely lethal if the trailer is anything to go by. The Katana is a Battle Pickup, which means you’ll need to pick it up on the battlefield to use it, and an M2 Flamethrower will also be a Battle Pickup. DICE is promising to add more weapons as the new Chapter progresses, with the M3 Grease Gun, Nambu Type 2A, Type 97 LMG, and M1918 A2 all mentioned.
On the vehicle side, the update will give players access to an M4 Sherman tank for the U.S. side, which brings with it “sturdy armor and decent speed”, and the Type 97 tank for the Japanese, which features similar characteristics to its American counterpart. There will also be new LVT and Ka-Mi Light Amphibious Tanks which allow you to traverse both land and water, a Dinghy to allow you to travel across water quickly, and an MB Jeep and Type 95 car for traversing land at a swift speed. If you prefer to take your vehicles to the skies then you’ll be able to pilot the F4U Corsair on the U.S. side or the Japanese Zero Fighter on the other.
Perhaps most exciting, however, are the new maps. The new Chapter will add three new maps in total, but only two of them will be immediately available when the update drops next week. The first of these maps is Iwo Jima, a re-imagining of the same map from Battlefield 1942 which obviously focuses on the U.S. invasion of the Japanese island during the iconic Battle of Iwo Jima. The second map is called Pacific Storm, which will feature a “game-changing” storm that may roll in and affect your sightlines. If you’re reading that thinking that it sounds like Battlefield 4’s Paracel Storm then you’d be right, and DICE is promising that players will see “shades” of that map while playing Pacific Storm. The biggest news, though, is undoubtedly the reveal that Wake Island—which first appeared in Battlefield 1942 and has featured in numerous Battlefield titles since, becoming one of the most legendary maps in the whole Battlefield series—will be added to Battlefield 5 in re-imagined form. Eager players will have to wait to return to Wake Island, however, as that map won’t be added until December.
Battlefield Chapter 5: War in the Pacific begins on Thursday 31st October as a free content update for all players.