In fact, you won’t even be able to spend real cash on them when the game launches next month, because the studio wants players “to get hands-on experience with their Company, the progression system, and earning Company Coin” first.
In Battlefield V, a Company is a player’s custom collection of soldiers, gear, vehicles, and other thingies, unlocked through the campaign and multiplayer modes. Company Coin can be acquired in-game by completing missions, general career progression, and other objectives, and is separate from the premium-but-totally-optional-pinky-promise Battlefield Currency, purchased with real cash, which is expected to be available at some subsequent time.
“Our belief is that real-world money should not enable pay-to-win or pay-for-power,” DICE producer Ryan McArthur explains, like lootcrategate had nothing to do with it or whatever.
Battlefield V is out on PC, PS4, and Xbox One on 20 November.