We recently ran a Soapbox about how bigger games now have two release dates, but Battlefield V has four or more. The official release date is 20th November, but if you order the Deluxe Edition you can play from 15th November. That’s not massively different to Assassin’s Creed Odyssey or Shadow of the Tomb Raider – but wait, there’s more.
Okay, so over on Xbox One you can play a 10 hour trial from 9th November – assuming you’re an EA Access subscriber. Obviously, that service controversially isn’t available on the PS4, so we can kinda ignore that bit. But over on the PC, if you subscribe to EA Origin Access Premier you can play the full thing eleven days early. Or you can get a 10 hour trial if you’re tied to the basic version.
Are you keeping up? Let's carry on: Battlefield V’s single player campaign won’t be completed until December, when developer DICE will release the final War Stories finishing off the mode. And if you want to play Battle Royale, you’ll have to wait until March for that. This is surely the most bizarrely fragmented blockbuster in the history of the industry.