After Many Leaks And Rumors, Battlefield 2042 Has Finally Been Revealed
The wait is finally over. EA and DICE have officially released the first trailer for the next installment of the Battlefield franchise, Battlefield 2042. You can see that trailer down below:
The cinematic trailer recreates several high-octane moments you would occasionally see in a Battlefield match.
There is a lot to break down but, we managed to get all the basic info in one easy-to-digest article.
When Does Battlefield 2042 Release And Will It Have A Beta?
Battlefield 2042 will release on October 22nd, 2021 for Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, and PC (Steam, Epic Games Store, and Origin).
The game will also have an Open Beta. Players who pre-order any edition of the game will get access to the Open Beta early.
What Is The Game About?
Battlefield 2042 will not feature a traditional campaign. But, there is still a story to be told. Instead of a single-player campaign, the story of Battlefield 2042 will unfold through its multiplayer.
Here is just a brief excerpt of the world DICE has created for Battlefield 2042.
“In 2042, extreme weather events and resource conflicts have shifted the balance of global power. The United States and Russia stand at the brink of war, while a mix of non-patriated combat veterans form independent groups known as Task Forces. Fight to define the future in this never-before-seen theatre of war.”
To read more about the game’s narrative, be sure to check out this EA blog post to get a full timeline of events and how things escalated to the brink of war.
Battlefield 2042 Game Modes
So far, EA and DICE have revealed several modes for Battlefield 2042:
- All-Out Warfare
- Conquest and Breakthrough return in All-Out Warfare.
- It should be noted that the player count varies depending on what gen console you play on.
- For Xbox Series X/S, PS5, and PC players, the player count goes up to 128-players.
- For Xbox One and PS4 players, the player count is capped at 64.
- Hazard Zone
- A new multiplayer experience that is reportedly not a battle royale.
- A new game mode that EA and DICE will reveal at EA Play Live on July 22nd.
- This mode is described as “a love letter” to Battlefield fans.
Battlefield 2042 Maps
EA has detailed seven new maps for Battlefield 2042. And of course, it wouldn’t be Battlefield without dynamic map changes to its epic warzones. Here is every map confirmed for the game and how they are described:
- Orbital (Kourou, French Guiana)
- “It’s a race against time and hostile conditions as you fight around the site of an imminent rocket launch. Watch out for both enemy fire and upcoming storms on this dynamic map.”
- Hourglass (Doha, Qatar)
- “Fight in a city lost to the desertification around it. Massive dust and sand storms are constantly rolling in, blotting out the natural light, as you battle for control of a convoy trapped in the shifting sands.”
- Kaleidoscope (Songdo, South Korea)
- “In a state-of-the-art metropolis in South Korea, zipline between skyscrapers and fight among the plazas surrounding the city’s iconic data center.”
- Manifest (Brani Island, Singapore)
- “Watch out for tropical tornadoes and navigate through maze-like cargo containers in this key trade location, vital to American supply lines.”
- Discarded (Alang, India)
- “Along a strategic section of India’s west coast, colossal ships stranded on the beach are being stripped for parts. Fight among the hulls of these behemoths while adapting to deadly storms.”
- Breakaway (Queen Maud Land, Antarctica)
- “Tread carefully on this dynamic map, where oil extraction has turned the freezing area to a strategic hot spot. Take advantage of destructible fuel tanks and silos that create debris fields and permanent fires when destroyed.”
- Renewal (Eastern Desert, Egypt)
- “A giant wall, built to secure rich, man-made agricultural areas, takes center stage on this intense map. Prepare for the extreme conditions, deploy, and secure the access points and massive gates in the wall.”
Specialist Replaces The Old Class System (Well, Kind Of)
Battlefield 2042 will feature Specialists, a more detailed way to build your class. That being said, the classic Assault, Medic, Engineer, and Recon classes are still somewhat present in the game.
Basically, Specialists fall under one of those classic categories. They also have two unique abilities (A Specialty and a Trait) that make them stand out more.
There will be ten Specialists available at launch and EA has already revealed four of them. Here they are:
- Webster MacKay
- Under the Assault category.
- Has Grappling Hook and Nimble abilities.
- The Grappling Hook is pretty self-explanatory and seems like a really convenient way to get around the map quickly.
- The Nimble ability allows Webster to move quicker while aiming down sights.
- Maria Falck
- Under the Medic category.
- Has Syrette Pistol and Combat Surgeon abilities.
- Maria can fire the Syrette Pistol at teammates to heal them and enemies to damage them.
- The Combat Surgeon ability allows for downed teammates to be revived with full health. So, if you’re typically a healer, Maria is probably the Specialist you want to play as.
- Pyotr “Boris” Guskovsky
- Under the Engineer category.
- Has SG-36 Sentry System and Sentry Operator abilities.
- With the SG-36 Sentry System, Boris can automatically spot and engage enemies within a limited area.
- The Sentry Operator spots enemies when the sentry gun locks onto them.
- Wikus “Casper” Van Daele
- Under the Recon category.
- Has OV-P Recon Drone and Movement Sensor abilities.
- The OV-P Recon Drone can spot any nearby moving enemies. You can also annoy the enemy by using EMP blasts.
- Casper also has the Movement Sensor ability. This alerts players when an enemy is near you.
Along with the reveal of Specialists, EA and DICE have announced that weapons are no longer tied to class categories or Specialists. So, if you’re playing as Boris, you can still use a sniper rifle and pick off enemies from afar.
There Will Be Multiple Seasons And Battle Passes In Battlefield 2042
Finally, like many other multiplayer games out there today, Battlefield 2042 will have multiple seasons and battle passes.
Each season is said to last around three months and feature a battle pass. And yes, there is a free battle pass as well for those who don’t want to pay for the paid version.
Over the game’s first year, DICE will roll out (No pun intended) four seasons with four battle passes and four new Specialists.
For those worried about pay-to-win mechanics, everything that will potentially affect gameplay like weapons won’t be locked behind the premium battle passes.
We think we covered all the basics but, if you want a more detailed breakdown, we highly recommend you check out the official Battlefield website.
SOURCE: Electronic Arts