Battlefield 5 teaser hints at return to World War 2

Electronic Arts dropped a new Battlefield 5 tease on Twitter today that is, to be perfectly frank about it, almost entirely uninformative. What you get are sounds of battle and muffled screaming, followed by a quick close-up of a man wearing goggles, who puts a finger to his lips, gesturing for quiet. CUT TO LOGO—END SCENE. 

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Who is this strange, friendly-looking fellow? Is he Tom Berenger telling you to shut up and take the pain, so you won't give away your position to the VC? Is he a huge SS guy telling you to hush, it'll all be over soon, as he slides your own knife between your ribs? Is it Der Alte warning that if you don't shut your mouth like right freakin' now he's going to have to put a bullet in you to save the rest of the crew from horrific death beneath the waves? 

Who knows? The interesting bit is actually to be found in the score bar at the top of the screen, and the national flags it contains: That's the Union Jack on the left, the famous flag of the UK, and the Balkenkreuz on the right, used by Germany during the Second World War—and, as Wikipedia tells us, only during that war. Prior to 1935, and since 1955, the Iron Cross has been used as the symbol of Germany's armed forces.   

The implication is that Battlefield 5 will be set during the Second World War, something that had previously been rumored back in March. EA gave some credence to that rumor with another tweet over the weekend, describing the game as "a new Battlefield in a new setting"—not necessarily WW2, obviously, but definitely not WW1. It also took the opportunity to jerk us around a bit on the title:

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I will be very annoyed if they end up calling it Battlefield: Victory or somesuch. We'll find out what's going on in a couple of days: The full Battlefield 5 review, hosted by Trevor Noah, will take place on May 23.   

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.