It’s been quite a while since fans have gotten a proper Battlefield entry. Battlefield V was first released in 2018, and while it did have constant updates, the game was the last time there was a big Battlefield release.
Of course, it was only a matter of time before the next entry was officially announced. It’s been known for awhile that work had commenced on what was being considered Battlefield 6. In fact, EA even delayed another of their mainstay titles to shift more attention on the upcoming shooter.
There have been many rumblings of a trailer revealing the game having leaked, but still time went on—with no proper reveal to be seen.
That is, until now, of course.
THE NEW BATTLEFIELD IS HERE
The developers over at DICE have officially unveiled the new Battlefield game, titled Battlefield 2042, after much long-awaited anticipation.
The game is set to release on October 22 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox Series X|S.
The trailer can be found below:
Well, there's certainly a lot to take in. As pretty clearly presented, the trailer confirms the futuristic setting for the new Battlefield entry, and the end of the trailer confirms that their gameplay reveal is set for June 13, likely during the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase at 10:00 a.m.––Since EA themselves are once again sitting out the E3 festivities.
The trailer featured many crazy stand-out moments, among them being a soldier paragliding away from the wreckage of an airship, a tornado ripping through a city as a battle ensures on the streets below––and let's not forget the badass pilot ejecting from his jet, blowing up his rival with an RPG, and then landing back in his plane for his escape.
The dynamic weather that is seemingly promised easily looks to be the most intriguing addition to the franchise, especially given the games' tendency to have dynamic destructible environments.
On top the trailer, the official Battlefield account was on hand to provide more information about the game.
Interestingly enough, they confirmed that there will not be any single player campaign. The game's narrative will instead be tied to the Specialists and their story in the multiplayer experience.
The game will have multiple modes. First there is "All-Out Warfare," which features classic modes such as Conquest and Breakthrough. Then there is a new mode called "Hazard Zone," which is a squad-based mode. Then DICE promises another unannounced mode that is a "love letter" mode to fans, which will be revealed at EA Play Live on July 22.
The included All-Out Warfare mode will feature up to 128 players on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. PS4 and Xbox One players will be capped to 64 players, alongside overall maps in the game being reduced in size on the two latter platforms as well.
The All-Out warfare mode will have 7 maps at launch. The pictures for the maps can be found down below.
The first map is titled Kaleidoscope, and is located in Sogdo, South Korea.
Next players have the map called Manifest, which takes place in Brain Island, Singapore.
The third map is aptly titled Orbital, and features the very large rocket featured in the trailer. Players will be battling alongside said rocket in Kourou, French Guiana.
Then, there is the map named Discard, which resides in Alang, India.
Players will be able to battle it out in the Eastern Desert of Egypt, in a new map names Renewal.
The second-to-last map will bring players all the way to Doha, Qatar, giving them a new playground in the map titled Hourglass.
Finally, there's the map that players first saw in the reveal trailer. Named Breakaway, the final map takes the fight to Queen Maud Land, in Antarctica.
During its first year post-launch, Battlefield 2042 will feature four "Seasons" of content. Each season will include a Battle Pass, a new Specialist added, and new locations for the multiplayer modes.
For those hoping for a Battle Royal mode, DICE has confirmed that there will be none. At least within the launch mode. The developer says "that is something we'll have to see" down the line. Currently though, their focus is on the core MP modes set for launch.
Players will be battling it out while embodying one of 10 Specialists. Each will have their own specialties and trait. Four operatives were revealed.
First there is Wikus "Casper" Van Daele. His specialty is the OV-P Recon Drone, and his trait is a movement sensor.
Then players can choose Webster Mackey. Mackey will be bringing his specialty in the form of a Grappling Hook. His trait is titled Nimble.
The third one revealed is Maria Flack. Her specialty is the S21 Syrette Pistol, with Flack's trait being a Combat Surgeon.
Finally, there is Pyotr "Boris" Guskovsky. His specialty is the SG-36 Sentry Gun, and trait being Sentry Operator.
When it comes to buying the game, the base price for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S have been increased to $69.99. Previous generations will retain the $59.99 price point.
Of course the game will also include two special editions. First there is the Gold Edition, which is $89.99 on PC, and $99.99 on consoles. Then there is the ultimate Edition, which is $109.99 on PC and $119.99 on Consoles.
As for what all the various editions include, the photo below lists all of that out in detail.
THE INSANITY OF BATTLEFIELD
Needless to say, the game looks absolutely amazing. The franchise’s key highlight has always been the dynamic destructible environments at play in these huge firefights and war zones. So the fact that they are introducing something like tornadoes, during an active match no less, is nothing short of amazing.
The trailer promises so many other things as well. Driving an ATV into a helicopter that's flying in midair? An unbelievable RPG jet assassination. Count me in—a sentiment that is likely shared by most that watched the trailer.
Thankfully, it won’t be long until more information is revealed. Cinematic trailers are great, but it’s the gameplay that truly matters. So sit back, relax, and wait to see what June 13 has in store.