EA and DICE officially announced the next Battlefield game – Battlefield 2042 -today, and with it, a slew of information on the upcoming title.
Battlefield 2042 was announced in a livestream on YouTube earlier today where publisher EA and developer DICE revealed that the title will be launching on October 22nd for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox One, and the Xbox Series consoles.
The game, which is the first Battlefield title since 2018’s Battlefield V, is set in the near future, a fictitious “what if” setting where society has collapsed as a result of climate change. Nomadic soldiers known as “No-Pat Specialists” fight for the few remaining countries and have erupted into war against each other.
Battlefield 2042 embraces its futuristic setting by featuring advanced weapons and vehicles like hovercrafts, as well as real-time destructive weather that adds a new level of chaos to the maps and game modes.
Vehicles in the game can be found called from an in-game tablet and support multiple seats, allowing players to assume various vital roles, such as drivers, gunners, spotters, and more.
As reported in the official PlayStation Blog, players in Battlefield 2042 will play as Specialists, named heroes who each have unique traits. The game will reportedly ship with 10 Specialists and new characters will be introduced as part of the game’s battle pass in both free and premium tiers.
Four Specialists have been revealed, and they include Casper, a recon Specialist with a handiness for sniping, Webster Mackay, an assault-based Specialist who’s incredibly mobile, Maria Falck, a support class Specialist and healer, and Boris, an engineer.
The game will not feature a battle royale mode or a single-player campaign, but EA and DICE have explained that the game’s narrative will be told through the game’s world and through its live service and seasonal content.
Battlefield 2042 will feature three multiplayer modes, two of which have already been confirmed. The first mode is based on classic Battlefield gameplay, known as All-Out Warfare.
This mode features two types of games; Conquest, in which two teams fight over a space, and Breakthrough, in which one team attacks, the other defends, and both aim to capture points on the game’s map.
The second mode was revealed as Hazard Zone and will be squad-based. Further information on the second mode as well as the unannounced third mode will be shared during EA’s Play event next month.
Battlefield 2042’s maps will vary in size, geography, and design, and each will feature its own specific dynamic events, such as sandstorms, tornadoes and even space rocket launches. The game will launch with seven maps, and the locations confirmed include South Korea, Singapore, French Guiana, India, Egypt, Qatar, and Antarctica.
The PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X versions of the game, which cost £70, will support larger maps and up to 128 players, while last-gen consoles, £50, will support a maximum of only 64 players.
EA and DICE have confirmed that players who pre-order Battlefield 2042 will gain access to an open beta, although details on its launch have not yet been revealed. After release, the game will receive four seasons of content, each with its own Battle Pass, featuring four additional Specialists, new locations, and more.
Battlefield 2042 will release October 22nd, and you can expect more details on the game within the coming months, so watch this space!