EA has officially announced Battlefield 2042 in a flashy reveal trailer that showcases the game’s intense battles, futuristic vehicles, and crazy weather features. The Battlefield 2042 trailer touched on all the gameplay mechanics gamers can expect to experience when the game launches later this year. This includes skydiving through a hurricane, driving all sorts of amazing vehicles, flying through the air in a jet, and even running alongside a robotic dog.
The trailer listed the footage as in-engine which means the game is going to look very similar. According to the official game description, Battlefield 2042 will feature 128-player battles on PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC. PS4 and Xbox One will limit this to 64 players. This also confirms that Battlefield 2042 is indeed coming to the last-gen consoles.
Battlefield 2042 is a Multiplayer Only
Battlefield 2042 is a first-person shooter that marks the return to the iconic all-out warfare of the franchise. Adapt and overcome in a near-future world transformed by disorder. Squad up and bring a cutting-edge arsenal into dynamically-changing battlegrounds supporting 128 players*, unprecedented scale, and epic destruction.
Unfortunately, the reveal was not the full thing. EA plans on showcasing the full gameplay trailer for Battlefield 2042 on 13 June 2021. For those hoping for a complete unveiling of the game, you should have known better.
Over on the PlayStation Blog, Sony revealed new information about Battlefield 2042. According to the blog, the game features stateless soldiers that now fight on behalf of the remaining superpowers left in the world.
Battlefield 2042 Maps and Modes
The game will feature dynamic events and storms, 7 massive maps, a free season pass and a paid Battle Pass. The seven maps are:
- Kaleidoscope – set in Sogdo, South Korea. Forces here will clash to control a quantum powered disinformation hub after an attack threatens the global network
- Manifest – set in Brani Island, Singapore. Players will see a strategic flashpoint emerge as global trade chokes this location which is vital for the American supply lines.
- Orbital – set in Kourou, French Guiana. The battle here is over a rocket launch site as a controversial space launch becomes a race against time.
- Discarded – set in Alang, India. Here you see shipbreakers facing tidal extremes as factions fight to secure rogue nuclear assets.
- Renewal – set in the Eastern Desert, Egypt. Players will fight for a groundbreaking agriculture technology centre in the Egyptian Desert.
- Hourglass – set in Doha, Qatar – Shifting sands and a lost shipping convoy tear a city center apart.
- Breakaway – set in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. Struggle over oil and gas that pushes soldiers to the brink as an industry clashes with nature and ice gives way.
Battlefield 2042 will also ship with no single-player mode at all as the game will focus only on multiplayer content. There is no plan to release campaigns in the future either.
One of the game modes in Battlefield 2042 is the All-Out Warfare with 128 players (64 on PS4 and Xbox One). Another is Hazard Zone that sees players squad up and drop into an all-new high-stakes multiplayer experience. Sounds like a battle royale but EA has not confirmed the specifics yet. There is also Conquest and Breakthrough. Classic modes from the game.
Battlefield 2042 Specialists
Specialists are inspired by the traditional four classes of Battlefield characters – Assault, Support, Recon and Engineer. Each specialist comes with their own unique Specialist Trait and Speciality, but include fully customisable loadouts. The game launches with 10 specialists, and the first four have been announced:
- WIKUS “CASPER” VAN DAELE
- Place of Birth: South Africa
- Speciality: OV-P Recon Drone
- Class: Recon
- Trait: Movement Sensor
- WEBSTER MACKAY
- Place of Birth: Canada
- Speciality: Grappling Hook
- Class: Assault
- Trait: Nimble
- MARIA FALCK
- Place of Birth: Germany
- Class: Support
- Speciality: S21 Syrette Pistol
- Trait: Combat Surgeon
- PYOTR “BORIS” GUSKOVSKY
- Place of Birth: Russia
- Class: Engineer
- Specialty: SG-36 Sentry Gun
- Trait: Sentry Operator
One of the most exciting additions to Battlefield 2042 from a playability perspective, is the PLUS system allowing players to alter their loadouts in real-time in-game. For the first time, a player will be able to swap out weapon attachments when going from one situation to the next without having to respawn or wait until they die. This means being able to have a gun optimized for longer range combat be fully transformed into a close-quarters weapon as soon as you feel the situation calls for it.
This time in Battlefield 2042, players will have a call in tablet for land vehicles instead of needing to rush back to spawn to find one. Of course, many people are excited to get back into their tanks, choppers and jets to execute one of those perfect “Only in Battlefield” moments the game is so well-known for. Vehicles are more squad driven, as every seat has a function as either a spotter, machine gunner or anti-air type weapons
DICE has adopted a Battlepass structure as a live service and there will be both a free and a premium version of the Battlepass to keep all types of players excited and engaged in playing the game in new and exciting ways. Each season pushes the narrative and story further so the game itself becomes a full, well-rounded experience with a solid backstory.
In the first year, there will be four seasons, with four Battle Passes, four new Specialists and new locations, along with more fresh new content.
Battlefield 2042 is available now for pre-order and is set to launch on retail and digital storefronts on October 22 for $59.99 on Xbox One PlayStation4, and PC, and $69.99 on Xbox Series X and S and PlayStation5.
Players who pre-order will receive early access to the Open Beta** and have three different editions to choose from, including the Battlefield 2042 Gold Edition for $89.99 on PC and $99.99 on console, or the Battlefield 2042 Ultimate Edition for $109.99 on PC or $119.99 on the console. Local pricing to be announced.
Thanks to Clan Wars’ Sheree Buchholz for the help putting this post together!!