As it said it would, EA has revealed the next game in the Battlefield franchise: Battlefield 2042.
The game was revealed as part of a live stream that began with an hour-long countdown to the actual trailer, which seems to be a new standard for video game announcements these days, much to my disdain. But then we got into the real deal, and it showed a setting of near-future wartime, with a handful of pretty distinct environments and action setpieces. From tanks skating on ice, to one person rigging a vehicle to drive off the side of a building and directly into a helicopter. Also, a person jumped out of a jet mid-flight battle to shoot the opposing jet with a rocket launcher. Oh, there was a tornado going through a battlefield at one point? That soldiers just glided through? Just a lot of wild action movie shit.
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The actual gameplay reveal will happen in the midst of Hot Game Summer on June 13. Looking at the schedule, it seems like that gameplay might be shown at Xbox’s conference or the PC Gaming Show. Unless EA does some kind of separate trailer reveal in the midst of that whole mess. However, we do know that PC, PS5, and Xbox Series versions of the game will support up to 128 players online, while PS4 and Xbox One will support up to 64.
While the initial gameplay reveal is happening this weekend, Battlefield 2042 will also make an appearance at EA Play on July 22, where the company will be revealing a new mode being developed by DICE LA. However, it won’t be a battle royale mode, and the game won’t feature a standard campaign. In an interview with Eurogamer, Design Director Daniel Berlin explained that this will allow the team to focus on its strengths.
“I think that’s just something that enables us to really lean into what we are best at,” Berlin told Eurogamer. “If you look at the DNA of the studio, what we’ve been doing for so long, we just said you know what, we’re not going to have a traditional single-player campaign this time around, but we’re going to put all that emphasis and all those resources into building depth into the multiplayer. Because that is what we do best.”
Battlefield 2042 is coming to PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One on October 22.