We finally have some details about the hugely anticipated Battlefield 2042. Kicking off a week of reveals (’cause it’s E3 this weekend too!) EA released some details about the upcoming game following an earlier leak. So let’s get into it!
Spot the nod to the LoopZook?
The game heads to the near future, 2042 to be precise, following the second great depression in 2032 and an ongoing climate crisis, this has led to a rise in stateless soldiers with no allegiance thanks to a bunch of proxy wars. In 2042 a global blackout cripples intelligence networks and takes out all satellites. This leads to the U.S and Russia to engage in an all-out war.
But enough lip service what will it be like to play?
First and foremost… Battlefield 2042 will have no single-player campaign, and instead will solely be a multiplayer experience. There also won’t be a Battle Royale Mode. On the subject of the game lacking these modes, Design Director David Berlin said:
I think that’s just something that enables us to really lean into what we are best at. If you look 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 emphasis and all those resources into building depth into the multiplayer. Because that is what we do best.
So what can we expect instead?
Large scale Multiplayer battles with up to 128 players (on PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X/S) or 64 players (PS4 and Xbox One), you’ll also find that the maps will be smaller on the current-gen than those on the next-gen consoles.
The game will have seven new maps ranging from cities to deserts with every map offering a unique experience based on the environment. For example, one map sees you try an sabotage a rocket launch in French Guana. If you are successful the rocket will crash land on the battlefield… just don’t be in the way of the debris.
The Battlefield 2042 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 centre apart.
- Breakaway – set in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. Struggle over oil and gas that pushes soldiers to the brink as industry clashes with nature and ice gives way.
You’ll be able to pick a specialist from four different classes each with its own speciality and trait, while your vehicles, weapons and gadgets will be fully customisable so you can pick from a range of gadgets ranging from a wingsuit, grappling hook or your very own gun mounted robotic dog. Your weapons are no longer tied to certain classes and in battle, you’ll be able to swap out stock, scopes or barrels on the fly as you move from large open spaces to close quarters.
Also, any player will be able to call in a land vehicle, which may come in handy, if you want to squash a camper with a tank.
Two modes Breakthrough & Conquest make a welcome return, while a new mode ‘Hazard Zone’ is still under wraps, while a fourth mode will be revealed during EA Play on July 22nd.
EA has also confirmed that post-launch, there will be four seasons, each with its own Battle Pass that will include free and premium tiers:
Each Season will push the narrative of the world forward while also having a steady stream of new content coming into the game, so players will always have something new to chase! 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”
And finally, there will be a gameplay reveal this Sunday (June 13th), so check back to see what else has been revealed!
And that for now is it! But now comes the most important point…Price
The next-gen versions (PS5, Xbox Series X/S) will set you back £69.99, the current-gen (PS4 and Xbox One) will cost you £59.99, while the PC version is the cheapest of the lot at £49.99. This is only for the standard version by the way, the Gold and Ultimate editions cost a fair bit more.
Battlefield 2042 is set to release on the 22nd of October across all PS and Xbox consoles and PC across the Steam, Origin and Epic stores.
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