The rumors had been true. The subsequent Battlefield sport, Battlefield 2042, is about sooner or later, EA introduced throughout a digital showcase right this moment that began after a “countdown to a countdown.” A gameplay reveal is scheduled for June 13. The sport releases October 22 for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, and PC.
In Battlefield 2042, the United States is locked in a chilly battle with—and, given the sequence’ historical past, you’ll by no means guess this—Russia within the wake of worldwide local weather catastrophe. Maps, of which there might be seven in the beginning, can host as much as 128 gamers relying on the mode, a major improve over the 64-player restrict in latest entries. (Matches performed on PS4 and Xbox One will nonetheless be restricted to 64 gamers.) Oh, yeah, and there are robotic canine. And wingsuits.
Here’s a cinematic trailer:
Those preliminary maps will characteristic areas like a desert in Egypt, a metropolis in South Korea, and, thrillingly, an outpost in Antarctica. Two stalwart Battlefield modes—Breakthrough and the large group battle Conquest—will return. EA is gentle on particulars a few new mode, Hazard Zone, although describes it at “tense.” A fourth mode, at the moment underneath wraps, might be revealed throughout EA’s not-E3 occasion on July 22. There gained’t be a marketing campaign, nor will that long-rumored battle royale mode present up, Eurogamer reports.
But probably the most quietly significant change is the new specialist system, which was not mentioned in right this moment’s cinematic reveal however is detailed on the sport’s official web site. Recent Battlefield video games have allowed you to play as one among 4 courses—Recon, Support, Assault, or Medic—that dictated what weapons and kit you possibly can begin with. In Battlefield 2042, that’s gone. The specialist you select options two particular perks, however the remainder of your loadout is solely customizable.
An open beta is scheduled for an unspecified future date. According to the terms and conditions, your character knowledge is not going to switch over to the primary sport.
Battlefield 2042 isn’t the primary Battlefield to happen sooner or later. Battlefield 2142, launched in 2006, takes place throughout a futuristic chilly battle set amid the backdrop of a brand new ice age.
Perhaps no sport within the E3 2021 press cycle has spent extra time within the rumor mill than Battlefield 2042. Over the previous few weeks, a gentle drip-feed of screenshots and hypothesis has plastered the web. Just this morning, as GameSpot reports, leakers on Reddit posted obvious leaks from Origin, EA’s digital video games storefront. Some stuff (setting, specialists) panned out. Some stuff (a launch date of October 15) didn’t.
EA’s stream was initially scheduled for 10:00 a.m. ET. Once it formally “started,” a countdown—this one an hour lengthy—kicked off. On Battlefield’s official YouTube channel, proper earlier than the stream started, north of 360,00Zero folks had been tuned in. Within a couple of minutes, that dipped under 200,000. “HOLY SMOKES LETS GOO!!!!!” one commenter wrote within the chat at 10:00 a.m. ET on the dot. “WOW COUNTDOWN.”
Update: 11:45 a.m. ET: Tweaked textual content so as to add additional particulars concerning the sport.