'Battlefield 5' release date rumor: Sequel takes place during World War I and launches in October 2016

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The rumor mill is turning once again for “Battlefield 5” and this time, it’s churning out information regarding its setting and release date. Based on a listing from one retailer, the sequel will take place during the first World War and will launch later this year.

A Twitter user recently spotted an interesting listing on the website of German retailer World of Games. The retailer listed “Battlefield 5” as being available on three platforms: Sony’s PlayStation 4, Microsoft’s Xbox One, and Windows PC. However, the interesting bits can be found in the game’s description. World of Gaming listed a very revealing German phrase, “Mehrspieler Taktik Shooter im 1. Weltkrieg,” which in English translates to “Multiplayer tactical shooter in WW1,” under the game’s description. The retailer also lists the “Battlefield” sequel as launching on October 26, 2016.

Although World of Games has not pulled out its “Battlefield 5” listing, it did change the game’s description to “Mehrspieler Taktik Shooter” or “Multiplayer tactical shooter” in English. The launch date was also replaced by the website. Instead of showing the exact date, it now just shows the game’s expected month and year of release – October 2016.

The alleged World War 1 setting is in line with “Battlefield” publisher Electronic Arts’ previous statement that the sequel will return to its military-style roots. However, whether this will be World War I, World War II or some other military setting remains to be seen.

As for the “Battlefield 5” release date, it’s expected to be released in time for the 2016 holidays. This is based on a statement by EA’s Andrew Wilson during the company’s earnings call way back in 2014 that said the sequel will release on the third quarter of its 2017 fiscal year, which reportedly ends in December this year.

At this time, neither the exact setting nor the specific release date have been officially announced. However, EA has already started working on the next “Battlefield.” This was confirmed by Dan Vanderlind, development director at EA DICE, in December 2015.