Electronic Arts and DICE revealed today that the next Battlefield will be set in the near future, and it will be released on October 22nd for PC and consoles.
On current generation consoles (Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5) and PC, Battlefield 2042 will support up to 128 players per server, which is a huge increase over the 64 players per server from previous titles. We also got an in-engine cinematic trailer showcasing some cool features, such as wingsuits, remote controlled robo-dogs and the return of the RendeZook (among others). Pricing details have also been revealed, with the game’s base edition costing US$69.99 on current generation consoles, and US$59.99 on last generation consoles and PC (which, once again, makes the PC the best choice by far, as we not only get to pay 10 bucks less, but we also don’t pay for the “privilege” of playing online).
The campaign mode featured in the last few Battlefields is nowhere to be seen here, but I’ve read that a bot match option will exist, which is the best way to go in my opinion, as I loved Conquest co-op in Battlefield 1942/Vietnam/2.
Classes have been revamped into Specialists, which seem to be DICE‘s take on hero shooters, as each Specialist will come with their own Trait and Specialty, while the rest of their loadout can be customized at will. Hopefully that’ll serve as a way of curbing sniper teams, but to be honest, I’m not convinced it’ll be enough.
The biggest, most ambitious title in the franchise, Battlefield 2042 includes:
- All-Out Warfare – the next generation of fan-favorite modes Conquest and Breakthrough, featuring the largest maps ever for the franchise and for the first time, up to 128 players*. Experience the intensity of All-Out Warfare in large-scale battles like never before on maps filled with dynamic weather, dangerous environmental hazards, and spectacular world events that see tornadoes rip across the map and sandstorms block out the sun.
- Hazard Zone – an all-new, high-stakes, squad-based game-type for the Battlefield franchise that is a modern take on the multiplayer experience that is distinctly DICE but very different from All-Out Warfare’s Conquest or Breakthrough modes.
- TO BE ANNOUNCED – the third experience, being developed by DICE LA, is another exciting new game-type for the franchise. This experience is a love letter to Battlefield fans and one that long-time players will feel right at home with. Tune-in to EA Play Live on July 22 for all the details.