EA has finally revealed several details on the next installment of the Battlefield series. Battlefield 2042 is a multiplayer-only game that is bringing many changes to the first-person shooter franchise. The game will launch on October 22 for PC, PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
The latest installment takes combat completely futuristic with a shooter built around high-tech gear and weapons. However, the game itself is a technological marvel. It features massive maps that allow up to 128 player matches on the next generation of consoles. This is twice the size of the cap for the previous 64-player games in the game.
It’s only one of the big changes coming to the game, becoming a staggering shooter that eschews some genre clichés while embracing others.
As the name implies, the game takes place in the future, rather than recalling a past war. The game follows warring teams of “No Pats” battling for supremacy in a semi-dystopian future plagued by eco-disasters. The game leans on that premise by adding dynamic weather to the sandbox, which includes massive tornadoes or sandstorms that disrupt matches.
It is part of the game’s larger “Levolution” system, which draws back from previous entries such as battlefield 4. In addition to weather events, players can affect the battlefield in a number of ways. It could be as simple as a landscape-change of raising and lowering bridges or a failed rocket launch that could disrupt the map.
The maps themselves are huge to fit 128 players. The developers of DICE showcased seven different locations, from “Neon City” devastated by sandstorms to an Antarctic location called Invertebrate, the game’s largest. Maps has been minified on PS4 and Xbox One because multiplayer only supports 64 players on those consoles.
DICE revealed its first multiplayer modes: Conquest and Breakthrough. Both modes return from previous games in the series and revolve around objectives. Conquest is a arena battle where players complete objectives within different groups and regions. In Breakthrough, a team defends against an attacking team that is attempting to push through its forces.
Interestingly, there is another mode called Hazard Zone, which is still a mystery. Dice says it’s a tight, squad-based mode. The studio emphasizes that this is not a battle royale and that the game will not be included at launch. While the details of Hazard Zone will be revealed closer to launch, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a Counter Strike-style economy shooter mode in the vein. Apex Legends‘ Recently Arenas Mode.
The team is also teasing another new mode which is being developed by dicks LA, but it’s saving any details about it for an EA Play livestream scheduled for July.
There are even bigger changes in store Battlefield 2042. For starters, the game features “experts,” named characters who come with their own gadgets and special abilities. The dice highlights four distinct characters: a doctor, an engineer who can deploy turrets, a drone operator, and a soldier who can use a grappling hook. Experts can equip any weapon or secondary gadget with their primary skill. There will be a total of 10 when the game starts.
Dice teased that one of the undisclosed experts would get a wingsuit, which could come in handy when flying around swirling tornadoes.
The way the weapon upgrades work is done to perfectly match the high tech aesthetic of the game. Players can swap out attachments such as scopes on the fly, with a small quick menu visible on the guns. For example, a player firing from afar can jump into cover and immediately swap to long-range range.
The same idea applies to vehicles as well. At any time, a player can call for a vehicle mid-battle and it will be parachuted into their place. Dice tease the world of shenanigans offered by Tantra. A player can kill someone summoning the tank and steal it from him before he can even land. Better yet, a player can summon it and drop it on the enemy to crush it.
There’s another notable change to the Battlefield formula and it’s a bit bigger: Dice operates on the “games a service” model. This means that there will be a Battle Pass where players can unlock different bonuses to play. Like many games, there will be both a free tier and a paid premium tier. Dice says it won’t pay for content like the maps on the back of the premium version and will only offer additional cosmetics.
At first glance, Battlefield 2042 The shooter looks like a wildly ambitious development of the series. It’s doing a lot of its chaotic thing, while still borrowing some modern ideas from style staples like rainbow six siege and warzone. If it manages to wrap up its stellar number of matches of 128 players, it will undoubtedly be the talk of the town this fall.
Battlefield 2042 Expected to launch on 22 October. A tech test will take place in early July, and those who buy it will get early access to the game on October 15th. More details about the game are coming this summer, with a mod reveal for EA Play set for July 22.