When Battlefield 2042, the following entry in DICE’s long-running sequence of first-person shooters, releases this October, it would launch as a multiplayer-only sport. Sorry, followers of these War Stories. No marketing campaign this time round.
First revealed (well, officially) this morning, Battlefield 2042 takes place sooner or later, a marked departure from the current historical-based video games and, earlier than that, these set within the fashionable period. In 2042, catastrophic local weather occasions and a decade-long recession on the size of the Great Depression power the United States and Russia right into a geopolitical stalemate. Sound acquainted?
That certain seems like a ripe setting for a marketing campaign—one wherein fashionable themes may be explored vis-à-vis a futuristic setting—however previews from Eurogamer and other outlets affirm that no such conventional narrative mode will probably be accessible from the leap. But some previews point out story-telling received’t be fully absent from Battlefield 2042.
“We really want to push the scale here and deliver on our three key multiplayer experiences,” DICE common supervisor Oskar Gabrielson told GamesRadar. “We’ll still be able to deliver a compelling narrative within the world that we’re building and, as you’ll see, the world and the narrative will develop through the live service.”
About that battle royale…
Before Battlefield 2042 was introduced, the loudest whispers within the rumor have been to do with a possible battle royale mode, presumably to counter Call of Duty’s immensely common Warzone. That is not going to occur. DICE reps informed Polygon that even 2042‘s scantly detailed Hazard Zone mode is “not a battle royale.”
Recent Battlefield video games—Battlefield 1 and Battlefield V—have featured non-linear, anthologized campaigns referred to as War Stories, wherein you play episodes centered round particular person characters. Battlefield V’s, particularly, was a standout.
Like each multiplayer sport ever, Battlefield 2042 will function seasons, every of which comes with a battle go. The sport will even get rid of the outdated class system in favor of so-called specialists, every of which comes with two distinctive perks however different permits for totally customizable loadouts. DICE plans to roll out 4 of those seasons—and 4 of those new specialists—throughout Battlefield 2042‘s first yr.
At the second, it’s unclear whether or not or not a marketing campaign or a battle royale will present up sooner or later, both as a part of these seasonal rollouts or as standalone expansions. Representatives for EA, Battlefield’s writer, didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Battlefield 2042 comes out October 22 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.