After a great deal of anticipation and rampant speculation, the trailer and official announcement of the next Battlefield game has dropped. The new game will not be called Battlefield 6, instead adopting the moniker of Battlefield: 2042. The game will be released on October 22nd 2021 for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X.
For the first time in the series, Battlefield: 2042 will not feature a single-player campaign in any form. Unfortunately, DICE has instead decided to put all of their eggs into the online multiplayer basket and have increased the maximum amount of players per match from Battlefield 5, to allow up to 128 players per match in the new game. Although, DICE have confirmed that there will be smaller elements of lore tacked on in order to provide players with some context for the large multiplayer battles taking place.
DICE have also abandoned their recent formula of basing their games in historical settings, instead moving the setting of Battlefield: 2042 to a dystopian future 21 years from now. In DICE’s version of 2042, what is left of humanity is fighting over the scarce resources left on the planet. A description for the game reads: “U.S.A. and Russia stand at the brink of war. Proxy wars have waged for decades, generating experienced but displaced combat veterans. These Specialists use their skills to shape the future — a future worth fighting for.”
Battlefield: 2042 is set to drop with seven maps included, which will all be different sizes and will be set in a variety of different locales, from an oil rig in Antarctica, to cities in Seoul, to deserts in Egypt, to a rocket launch site in French Guinea. There will also be various drive-able vehicles included to help players traverse the vast maps as well, which will include, but not be limited to helicopters, jets and tanks.
It has also been revealed that there will be ten Specialists soldiers playable when the game launches, each coming with their own set of unique perks to allow players to adopt a variety of different play style. These perks will include a controllable robotic dog-like drone built for battle that can be summoned on the fly, a wingsuit and a grappling hook. The Recon, Assault, Support and Engineer are the four Specialist classes revealed so far. It was also stated that, “weapons, vehicles, and gadgets will all be fully customisable.”
The standard edition of Battlefield: 2042 will cost $59.99/£59.99 on Xbox One and PS4, and £49.99 for PC. The Xbox Series X or PS5 version will be slightly more expensive at $69.99/£69.99. Also available will be a Gold Edition of the game that includes early access to the game’s launch, a one-year pass to the premium tier battle pass as well as various cross-gen cosmetic bundles. The Gold Edition will cost $89.99/£79.99 on PC and $99.99/£89.99 on the other various platforms. The last version of the game is the Ultimate Edition, which features all of the incentives included with the Gold Edition as well as an official digital artbook, an exclusive soundtrack and a Midnight Ultimate cosmetic bundle. The Ultimate Edition will cost $109.99/£99.99 on PC and $119.99/£109.99 on consoles.
While Battlefield: 2042 will not be free to play, (unlike its main competitor in the battle royale/online shooter space, COD: Warzone,) it will follow the typical model of other ‘games as a service model, and will feature a myriad of post-launch content. DICE are apparently planning on having four seasons in the game’s first year, which will all come with their own individual Battle Pass and new specialist characters, locations and more.
All of the above mentioned Battle Passes will come with both free and premium tiers. However, EA have confirmed that the premium tiers will only put cosmetic goodies behind a paywall, meaning that players with the premium pass won’t have to worry about spending extra money on new characters and maps.
Battlefield: 2042 is set to launch on 22 October 2021 for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X. However, the PS4 and Xbox One versions will come with smaller maps compared to the newer consoles and will have a 64 player cap on multiplayer matches compared to the 128 count on the other platforms.
Unfortunately, all of this information was leaked hours prior to the livestream going live via Reddit, however, the one thing that was not leaked was the reveal trailer itself. The trailer, (which will be linked below,) shows the aforementioned robotic dog-like drone, multiple rockets being launched, tanks and jets being piloted and a huge tornado-like storm.
Sadly, the announcement trailer does not show any actual gameplay, instead being made up from what looks like various pre-rendered cut-scenes. We are set to see a ‘Gameplay Reveal Trailer’ this Sunday, on June 13th, so hopefully that will give us a better idea of what to expect in the actual game than what can be seen in the announcement trailer.
What did you think of the Battlefield: 2042 Reveal? Are you disappointed that no campaign element will be included, or are you just excited to dive into the chaos? Let us know in the comments below.
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