The team behind Battlefield took to Twitter on Monday to tease the reveal of Battlefield V, which is set for a worldwide reveal on Wednesday, May 23. The tweet features a very short video that shows a mustached military man who engulfs the entirety of the teaser’s foreground, making a shushing signal with his finger over his mouth as a battle presumably rages in the background. Based off of that quick snippet, the game looks quite similar, graphically, to 2016’s World War 1 shooter, Battlefield 1. The teaser ends with a logo for Battlefield V that showcases the live reveal times: 1 p.m. PT, 4 p.m. ET and 10 p.m. CET. Battlefield’s website and the game’s YouTube channel are also linked to in the tweet in the hopes of ushering viewers to those respective places, come Wednesday’s worldwide reveal.
Besides that, the tweet does not give us much to go on. What we do know is that Battlefield V has been rumored to take place in World War II’s theatre of war and that the game is presumably set to release this fall. This tease, before the initial tweet, was already unearthed by dedicated Battlefield 1 players who found an easter egg, conveyed in morse code, that lead to a web address which revealed the date for this week’s reveal stream.
One of the oddest aspects of this entire situation, esoteric easter egg aside, is Battlefield’s recent naming conventions. Battlefield 1’s numeric importance, given that it follows Battlefield 4 and Hardline, carries little value, as it is neither sequel or reboot. Rather, the “1” stands for the war in which the game takes place, World War I. Thus, if Battlefield V takes place in World War II, the “V” probably stands for victory/VE Day, rather than its usage as the Roman numeral for the number five. Either way, these naming conventions are as confusing and ill-conceived as they are dumb and needless in the age of spin-offs, reboots and standalone games. Videogame naming and numerical conventions suck—just look at any of the names for the handheld Kingdom Hearts games if further proof is needed.