EA has finally revealed a bunch of details about the sequel to the Battlefield series. Battlefield 2042 is a multiplayer-only game that brings some changes to the first-person shooter series. The game will launch on October 22 on PC, PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
The latest installment takes all-out warfare back to the future with a shooter built on high-tech gear and weapons. However, the game itself is already a marvel of technology. It features massive maps that allow for 128 player matches on the next-gen console. That’s double the size of the game’s previous 64 player limit.
It’s just one of the big changes coming to the game, which is shaping up to be an incredible shooter that removes some genre clichés while embracing others.
As the name implies, the game takes place in the future rather than calling back to a past war. The game follows the battle teams of “No Pats” who are fighting for supremacy in a semi-disturbed future affected by ecological disaster. The game builds on that premise by adding dynamic weather to the sandbox, including large tornadoes or sandstorms that disrupt matches.
It’s part of the game’s larger “levolution” system, which reverts from earlier entries like Battlefield 4. In addition to weather events, players can affect the battlefield in a number of ways. This can be as simple as raising and lowering a bridge or changing the landscape like a failed rocket launch that can disrupt the map.
The maps themselves are huge enough to hold 128 players. The developers at Dice introduced seven different locations, from “Neon City” devastated by a sandstorm to an Antarctic location called Irreversible, which is the largest location in the game. The maps have been scaled down on PS4 and Xbox One because multiplayer only supports 64 players on those consoles.
Dice reveals first multiplayer mode: Conquest and Breakthrough. Both modes return from previous games in the series and revolve around objectives. Conquest is a territory battle where players complete objectives in different clusters and domains. In Breakthrough, a team defends against an offensive team trying to ramp up their forces.
Interestingly, there is another mode called Danger Zone, which is still a bit of a secret. Dice says it’s a tight squad-based mode. The studio emphasized that this is not a battle royale and that the game will not include a game at launch. While Danger Zone details will be revealed closer to launch, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a Counter Strike-style economy shooter mode in the circuit. Apex Legends‘recent arena mode.
The team is introducing a new mode that is also being developed by Dixce LA, but it is saving any details on it for the EA Play live stream scheduled for July.
There are bigger changes in store for Battlefield 2042. For starters, the game features “experts,” which are named characters that come with their own special gadgets and abilities. Dice highlights four specific characters: A doctor, an engineer who can deploy a turret, a drone operator, and a soldier who can use a grappling hook. Specialists can equip any weapon or add-on along with their main skills. There will be 10 in total when the game launches.
Dice teases that one of the unannounced experts will receive a set of wings, which can be very useful when flying around roaming torches.
The way weapon upgrades work is completely reworked to match the game’s high-tech aesthetic. Players can swap out attachments such as scopes on the fly using a small quick menu that appears on the gun. For example, a player who shoots from a distance can jump into cover and quickly switch to long range in an instant.
The same idea applies to vehicles. At any point, the player can call a midland vehicle and it will be parachuted to their location. Dice teases the diabolical world the system presents. The player can kill someone summoning the tank and steal it from them before it lands. Better yet, the player can summon it and drop it on enemies to take them down.
There’s one more notable change to the Battlefield formula, and it’s a bit bigger: Dice will follow the “game as a service” model. That means it will feature a match where players can unlock different bonuses to play with. Like many games, it will have both a free tier and a premium tier. Dice says it won’t have paid wall content like the map behind the premium version and will only offer more cosmetics.
At first glance, Battlefield 2042 looks like an incredibly ambitious evolution of the shooter series. It’s doing a lot of its own chaotic stuff, while still borrowing some modern ideas from genre staples like Rainbow Six Siege and Battlefield. If it can deliver the player’s top 128 matches, it will surely be the talk of the town this fall.
Battlefield 2042 It is scheduled to launch on October 22. A test of the technology will take place in early July, and those who buy it will get early access to the game on October 15. The game will launch this summer, with a reveal mode set for EA Play on July 22.