Rumor: Battlefield V Sales Boost Plans Include Making Battle Royale Free, Bad Company 2 Remaster

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Hold on to your seats, folks! This is a big one! Remember when we posted that Battlefield V pre-orders were lagging behind Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 by 85 percent? Well, it seems EA has something BIG up its sleeve in terms of winning back gamers if this recent rumor is to be believed.

Over on the Giant Bombcast (#547), an anonymous tipster (who emailed the site regarding correct information about Battlefield V E3 info, which the group claimed was accurate) emailed them that some fans comparing Battlefield V’s weak pre-order sales to Titanfall 2 are “pretty far off base” since Battlefield V’s pre-orders have already beaten Titanfall 2’s week one sales AND pre-orders at this point.

What’s more, the tipster said EA won’t let the game (BFV) under-perform too drastically, and some of the contingency plans the publisher has is to make Battlefield V’s battle royale mode free-to-play with bonus for those who own BFV to make up the revenue difference, and it’s also considering something “huge” as part of the game’s post-release content if it needs to boost sales of BFV, and that would be a remastered version of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (the tipster compared it to Activision’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remaster)! Note that the tipster mentioned that nothing is set in stone just yet, though these ideas are being “kicked around”

What makes this Bad Company 2 Remaster news more plausible than the multitude of rumors floating about? It seems Giant Bomb head honcho Jeff Gerstmann has heard about it too! Gerstmann says, “I did hear some ideas like that being kicked around, but I wasn’t sure of the context. So I guess that makes sense.”

You can check this out yourself in the video below, and the Battlefield V discussion starts around the 2:23:30 part).

Bear in mind that these are all rumors and nothing has been confirmed by EA or DICE. We’ve emailed EA regarding this and will update the story if and when we get a response.

My take? I find the Bad Company 2 Remaster thing veering into the “too good to be true” territory. What’s more, won’t EA cannibalize BFV’s multiplayer if it does this? That alone makes me suspect that this will be part of BFV’s sales boosting strategy. Then again, we’ve seen weirder things happen, so who knows.

In other Battlefield news, make sure to check out the guns available in the upcoming beta to see how they behave. DICE has also talked about BFV’s improved gunplay and likened it to fan-favorite, Battlefield 3.

Battlefield V is set for release this October 19 for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.