Battlefield 2042 has finally been confirmed, and we have everything you need to know about EA and DICE’s next entry into the legendary franchise, including release date, the game’s storyline, Open Beta details, and more.
The franchise has remained pretty quiet since the release of Battlefield V back in 2018, but it remains one of the most popular FPS titles on the market. The series acts as the perfect alternative to the close-quarters combat of Call of Duty, bringing massive battles fought across vast locations throughout history.
After the disappointing reception to the Firestorm battle royale mode, EA and DICE didn’t release a new game in 2020, but with confirmation at EA Play that a new Battlefield was in the works for 2021, anticipation immediately started to build.
Finally, Battlefield 2042 was officially announced on June 9, 2021, giving us a look at some major things coming to PC, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PS4 & PS5 later this year.
Battlefield 2042 release date
Finally, we have a release date for Battlefield 2042. EA and DICE have confirmed that fans will be able to get their hands on the game on Friday, October 22, 2021.
Players who buy the Gold or Ultimate editions of Battlefield 2042 will be able to play a week earlier on Friday, October 15, 2021.
Originally, the developers had said we could expect a Holiday 2021 release, leading many to think it would be late November when it would launch. The game will drop on PC, Xbox Series X / S, PS5, PS4, and Xbox One.
Battlefield 2042 reveal trailer
To get the taste buds tingling ahead of its reveal, content creator JackFrags posted to his social media a cryptic image he was personally DM’d by the Battlefield team.
It then became public knowledge that numerous other personalities had received similar messages with each version of the image being slightly different and exposing random words. The idea was to share them on social media so that the community could solve the puzzle to show off the message.
It was eventually completed, and here is the message in full per:
Battlefield 2042 storyline
As you have probably guessed from the title, Battlefield 2042 is set in the future, with the world on the brink. Food, energy, and clean water are in short supply, and failed nations have created “the greatest refugee crisis in human history.”
With the United States and Russia at war, Non-Patriated, or No-Pat- Specialists join both sides, “not fighting for a flag, but for the future of the Non-Patriated in this new world”
Of course, the game is set to be full of high-tech guns and gadgets. One of these futuristic weapons is the combat robot dog that Henderson drew a picture of. These are in use by the military today, but will perhaps be even more powerful in the near future setting of Battlefield 2042.
Battlefield 2042 multiplayer: All-Out Warfare, Hazard Zone, Battlehub & Specialists
Multiplayer is the focus of Battlefield 2042, with three modes launching with the game in October, and more content to be added down the line.
All Out Warfare is classic Battlefield described on the official website as, “The next generation of fan-favorites Conquest and Breakthrough features the largest Battlefield maps ever and up to 128 players. Experience the intensity of all-out warfare on maps filled with dynamic weather and spectacular world events.”
Hazard Zone is fixated on providing a proper squad-based game mode, and the full description of the mode says, “An all-new, high-stakes, squad-based game type that is a modern take on the multiplayer experience. Hazard Zone is distinctly Battlefield, but very different from the modes of All-Out Warfare.”
The third mode, built by DICE LA, hasn’t been officially announced just yet, but Tom Henderson has possibly been able to provide some insight into what to expect.
His video addressing the leaks suggest that the mode will have the following attributes:
- “Ultimate sandbox experience
- Remasters of old maps from old Battlefield titles
- Specialists in Battlehub
- Some remastered maps might not support 128 players
- Battlehub and Hazard Zone are separate downloads
- Battlehub will update with the Battle Pass seasons”
Tom was quick to point out that fans should take this info with a “big pile of salt,” to underline that this leak isn’t as concrete as previous ones. DICE did give a small update on the mode, however, saying that it will include fan-favorite maps from the franchise.
Still listed as [REDACTED] on the Battlefield 2042 website, the description says, “A new way to play Battlefield is coming. Discover unexpected battles with this experience, which will be shown in detail at EA Play Live on July 22.”
For the first time, Battlefield 2042 introduces Specialists, who each come with their own skills, traits, and abilities – like Rainbow Six Siege. There will be 10 at launch, with EA and DICE set to add a new Specialist every season.
Is Battlefield 2042 cross-plaftorm
DICE have confirmed that yes, Battlefield 2042 will feature cross-play and cross-progression! In a briefing on July 14, DICE revealed that they are working on a cross-play system, which will be tested later in Summer.
The following systems will be able to matchmake together:
- PC, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5 consoles
- PC and console can opt-out from playing together
- Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles
Battlefield 2042 will also feature cross-progression, allowing you to keep your progress and purchases when switching systems. The example they gave was that a player could switch from PS4 to PC and keep everything they unlocked, and vice versa.
Will Battlefield 2042 have a battle royale?
The appetite for a battle royale is certainly there, with popular streamer Dr Disrespect clearly excited by the prospect, but unfortunately, EA and DICE have confirmed that Battlefield 2042 does not have a battle royale at launch.
Whether they will add one further down the line remains to be seen, but for now, we’ll have to wait and see if any further announcements are made.
Will Battlefield 6 be on PS4 and Xbox One?
Yes! In an investor earnings call on May 11, EA boss Andrew Wilson said that “Battlefield will be available for both current-gen and next-gen.”
After DICE said the game will be “brought to life” with the “power” of next-gen consoles, many presumed that the game would only release on the Xbox Series X|S and PS5, but we now know this is no longer the case.
Playing on a last-gen console does come at a cost though, as EA and DICE have confirmed that players on Xbox One and PS4 will play in smaller lobbies and on scaled-back versions of the maps. However, it will still feature the same classes, gadgets, and game-changing weather effects.
That’s everything we know about Battlefield 2042! Once the official reveal happens in June, we’ll be bound to know more about the next installment of the shooter franchise.
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Image Credits: DICE / EA