After years of waiting and weeks of speculation, Battlefield 2042 is officially bringing the series back to modern times. Or very nearly modern times. As the title suggests, the game is set in the near future.
Battlefield 2042‘s reveal just happened and over half a million fans tuned in. Prior to this morning’s event, several leaks spread across the internet. After seeing what DICE has in store for us, it’s clear that the leaks were reliable.
Of course, we only saw game engine captures; there was no real gameplay. Nonetheless, it seems clear that DICE intends to give us its biggest and most ambitious Battlefield ever. Wingsuits, robotic dogs, helicopter dogfighting, and so much more came together to create an explosive reveal.
I’ve taken the liberty of isolating the most important part of the trailer:
In regard to the setting, the leaks once again appear to be true. Climate disasters have destroyed several nations. The United States and Russia are locked in conflict to secure the remaining resources. Soldiers without countries join each side and bolster their numbers.
DICE and EA gave GameSpot an early look at Battlefield 2042, so we also have additional information about it that wasn’t available from the trailer. For starters, the game is multiplayer only. On PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S, multiplayer matches can support up to 128 players. On PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, multiplayer can support a maximum of 64 players.
What was made clear in the trailer and confirmed in GameSpot’s preview, is extreme weather. In fact, the trailer even shows this in action when a tornado appears and creates utter chaos. It’s easy to imagine how a massive tornado could affect a multiplayer match.
What about the release date? October 22, 2021.
In the meantime, you can pre-order Battlefield 2042 on the official website. Pre-ordering will grant you early access to an upcoming open beta. An actual gameplay reveal is set for June 13.