Battlefield fans were happy with the news this week when EA and DICE announced Battlefield 2042. This will be the next game in the famous first-person shooter series and will let gamers jump in matches with up to 127 other players (Xbox One and PS4 matches will be capped at 64 players). Matches will allow not only a tremendous scale but also real-time events to reshape the battlefield like changing weather. This sounds awesome but the sad part about this awesome game is, it comes with no single-player campaign, which I really like to have, games without single-player campaigns seem half-baked.
In Battlefield 2042, the world is on the brink. Shortages of food, energy, and clean water have led to dozens of failed nations, creating the greatest refugee crisis in human history. Among these Non-Patriated, or No-Pats, are families, farmers, engineers – and even soldiers. Amidst this crisis, the United States and Russia draw the world into an all-out war. No-Pat Specialists join both sides, not fighting for a flag, but for the future of the Non-Patriated in this new world.
Players will take on the role of Specialists with unique traits and specialties along with a fully customizable loadout. Then, you can compete in one of three game modes, one of which will be revealed on July 22 during the EA Play Live event.
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.
Talking about the game, Oskar Gabrielson of DICE said:
Battlefield 2042 is an evolution of the franchise and embraces what our players want – the ultimate Battlefield multiplayer sandbox with intense combat and a ton of incredible, unexpected events. All of us across DICE in Stockholm, DICE LA, Criterion, and EA Gothenburg have had so much fun developing this game and now it’s time to let players jump in. What they’ll find is that we’ve built three distinct, absolutely epic experiences that we think they’ll love.
First, there is no campaign mode. Battlefield 2042 is a multiplayer game. Second, there is no battle-royale mode. Third, some gamers are upset at the pricing. You can pre-order the game now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One for $59.99. The same game costs $69.99 on the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. This isn’t surprising since game prices haven’t raised in decades and there’s been some thought that the price would jump up to the $70 mark with the new console generation, but some gamers aren’t happy about it. There are also several editions with more goodies for higher price points.
Battlefield 2042 will be released on October 22 with EA Play members getting a 10-hour trial starting October 15 and anyone who pre-orders will be eligible for early access to the Open Beta later this year.