After a series of rumors, whispers and leaks, EA has finally unveiled the latest battlefield, and sees the flagship first-person shooter move away from the historical framework of recent entries to a near future background – with this year’s model later named Battlefield 2042. In a breaking with other recent traditions, it will also do away with a single-player campaign, and there are no plans for an associated Battle Royale mode.
Battlefield 2042 will instead focus on its multiplayer offering, supporting 128 players on PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S and X, while PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game support 64 players. It will also be possible to play against AI bots, either solo or with a group of friends.
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Battlefield 2042, however, comes with its own narrative background, but with the game against a humanitarian crisis caused by climate change, with nomadic refugees known as the non-patriots – or No-Pats – taking up arms as the United States and Russia engage in all-out war. Within it is the introduction of specialists – named hero characters with their own characteristics and abilities that complement the existing class system in Battlefield.
“2042 is not a game without storytelling,” said Berlin. “You still have a narrative-driven world, it’s something you want to see through the eyes of the specialists we introduce. As we go through the live service and the seasons, we will introduce new specialists, and you will see how the world develops through the eyes of the specialists we introduce. has. “
Battlefield 2042 will also not include a battle royale mode, after the series’ abortive experiments with the pervasive battle royale of Battlefield 5s Firestorm – a mode that showed promise but lacked the ongoing support needed to make it a success.
“Battle royale is definitely something that is extremely popular right now,” Berlin said. “We have no match king plan at this time, but we have other experiences in the game that we can not talk about that we are very happy about.”
At that point, EA and DICE used the Battlefield revelation to lift the lid on traditional Conquest and Breakthrough series modes – both of which are part of the All-Out Warfare banner – with a new troop-based mode called Hazard Zone due to more exposure. further down the line, and with a third as yet unveiled mode created by DICE LA to be shown for the first time at next month’s EA Play event.
“The experience that DICE LA specifically builds is this love letter to our long-term players and fans,” said Berlin, with the full unveiling of the July 22 release. Is this the notorious Bad Company revival, or a free-to-play answer to the likes of Call of Duty Warzone? DICE is still tight-lipped for now.
“Our focus right now is to get 2042 out and make sure it’s the best it can possibly be,” Berlin said. “I think we provide a multiplayer experience that no one else really does with the latest technology and all the modern hardware for cars, for specialists and the dynamic world. When it comes to free-to-play, I mean, we’ve done this before, we have Battlefield Heroes, we also had Battlefield Play for free – so we’ve dipped our toes into this room. And it’s exciting for us to see what the future brings here. Have nothing special to announce today – our focus right now is to make sure 2042 comes together and really is the best game it could possibly be. “
Battlefield 2042 is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series S and X on October 22nd. For more details, check out our thorough preview.