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Battlefield V – not quite pay to win

Paid-for cosmetic extras have finally come to Battlefield V, along with the chance to pay real money to get more XP.

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Its taken five months to happen but the one feature nobody asked for, but everyone knew was coming, has finally been added to Battlefield V.

If you boot the game up today youll find that you now have the option to buy in-game currency, rather unimaginatively called Battlefield Currency.

This can be used to buy three categories of in-game extras: cosmetic items, elite sets, and time savers – as described on the Battlefield V website.

The cosmetic items dont change anything about the gameplay and dont involve loot boxes, so theres nothing much to get upset about there.

The Elite sets also offer no gameplay advantage but allow you to play as unique characters with specific names and backgrounds. So presumably a bit like the specialists from Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 except theyre purely cosmetic.

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The time savers are more controversial though as they essentially allow you to pay real money to get an XP boost or tier catch-up, allowing you to unlock items more quickly without actually playing the game.

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Whether that counts as giving you an advantage, especially given the game has been out for so long, is a matter of debate but its certainly bound to upset some fans.

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