After many rumors, whispers, and leaks EA has finally disclosed the latest Battlefield 2042. Seeing the flagship first-person shooter hurrying away from the historical setting of current entries to a near-future backdrop. With this year’s model thereafter called Battlefield 2042. In a break from other recent conventions, it’ll also do away with a single-player campaign, and there are no plans for a simultaneous battle royale mode.
Battlefield 2042 will instead focus on its multiplayer offering, supporting 128 players on PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series S and X, while PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game support 64 players. There will also be the option of playing against AI bots, either solo or with a squad of friends.
Something that’s been a series mainstay since Battlefield If you stare at the DNA of the studio, what we’ve been doing for so long, we just said you know what, we’re not going to have a traditional single-player campaign this time around. But we’re going to put all that priority and all those resources into building midst into the multiplayer. Because that is what we are best at.
BATTLEFIELD 2042 : THE NEW GAMING EXPERIENCE
Battlefield 2042 does come with its narrative backdrop, though, with the game set against a humanitarian crisis brought about by climate change, with nomadic refugees known as the Non-Patriated – or No-Pats. Taking up arms as the United States and Russia engage in all-out war. Within that is the overture of Specialists – named hero characters with their traits and abilities that complement the existing class system within Battlefield.
Battlefield 2042 is not a game without narrative, said Berlin. You still have a narrative-driven world, that’s something that you will see through the eyes of the specialists that we’re introducing.
Battlefield 2042 will also not feature a battle royale mode, following the series’ abortive experiments with the pervasive battle royale with Battlefield 5’s Firestorm – a mode that showed promise but lacked the ongoing support necessary to make it a success.
To that point, EA and DICE used the Battlefield reveal to lift the lid on traditional series’ modes Conquest and Breakthrough – both of which come under the All-Out Warfare banner – with a new squad-based mode called Hazard Zone due for more exposure further down the line, and with a third as-yet-undisclosed mode being made by DICE LA that’s due to be shown off for the first time at next month’s EA Play event.
The experience that DICE LA specifically is building is this love letter to our long-term players and fans, said Berlin, with the full reveal of the mode due on 22nd July. Is this the heavily-rumored Bad Company revival, or a free-to-play answer to the likes of Call of Duty Warzone? DICE is remaining tight-lipped for now.
Our focus right now is to get Battlefield 2042 out and make sure that it’s the best it can be, said Berlin. “I think we do provide a multiplayer experience that no-one else does with the cutting edge technology and all the modern hardware to vehicles, to specialists and the dynamic world. In regards to free-to-play, I mean, we’ve done this in the past, we’ve got Battlefield Heroes, we had Battlefield Play for Free as well – so we’ve dipped our toe into this space. And it’s exciting for us to see what the future holds here. But we don’t have anything particularly to announce today – our focus right now is to make sure that 2042 comes together and is the best game it can be.
Battlefield 2042 comes to PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S and X on 22nd October.