After many rumours and leaks, EA today revealed its next Battlefield game, Battlefield 2042. The game is currently being developed Dice, Criterion, Dice LA, and EA Gothenburg and neither will it have a single-player campaign nor a battle royale mode. A gameplay reveal is scheduled for June 13 and the game launches October 22 on the PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4 and PS5.
EA is focusing strictly on the multiplayer offering for Battlefield 2042, it will support up 128 players on PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and X, while the last-gen versions on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will be limited to 64 players.
The game runs on Dice’s Frostbite engine, and a cinematic trailer was revealed showing a futuristic setting. The United States and Russia go into war once again in a video game after a global climate crisis with stateless soldiers (“No-Pat Specialists”) fighting for the countries. During the war comes Specialists, hero characters with their own special abilities and traits.
“2042 is not a game without narrative,” Design Director, Daniel Berlin told Eurogamer. “You still have a narrative-driven world, that’s something that you will see through the eyes of the specialists that we’re introducing. As we go through the live service, and the seasons, we’ll introduce new specialists, and you’ll see how the world evolves through the eyes of the specialists that we have.”
Battlefield 2042 will feature dynamic events and maps in locations such as Kaleidoscope (Sogdo, South Korea), Manifest (Brani Island, Singapore), Orbital (Kourou, French Guiana), Renewal (Eastern Desert, Egypt) and Breakaway (Queen Maud Land, Antarctica).
Players who pre-order the game will have early access to an open beta which details are yet to be released. After launch, there will be four new Specialists and new locations which will be accessible to all players. Each season will also get a new Battle Pass according to EA.
Battlefield 2042 launches this fall on the PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, Xbox One and PC.