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"Welcome to 2042"

— Tagline


Battlefield 2042 is the upcoming seventeenth installment in the Battlefield series developed by DICE and published by EA. The game was revealed on June 9th, 2021. The game is set to release on November 12th, 2021 for EA Play members and those who purchase Gold and Ultimate Edition and on November 19th, 2021 for all others.

Overview

Battlefield 2042 is multiplayer focused and has no singleplayer campaign, the first main series entry to not include one since Battlefield 2142. However, similar to older entries in the series like Battlefield 2, players will have the option of playing aganist AI bots in either solo or co-op modes[3].

Certian multiplayer modes like Conquest and Breakthrough will support up to 128 players per server on ninth generation consoles and PC, the first game to support over 100 players in a single match since the Korean exclusive Battlefield Online. The Playstation 4 and Xbox One versions of 2042 will only support up to 64 players with smaller scale maps.[4]

Setting

Main article: War of 2042
"As the world stands on the brink of war, a new kind of stateless soldier emerges from the greatest crisis in human history. How did we get here?"

— Battlefield 2042 Website[5]


Similar to Battlefield 2142, Battlefield 2042 has a background narrative despite having no single-player campaign. It is set in the same continuity as Battlefield 3 and 4.[6]

2042 takes place two decades after the events of the War of 2020. Extreme climate change events take place during the 2030s, causing massive global upheveal. The collapse of many government powers and the shuttering of borders has resulted in over 1.2 billion[5] people becoming displaced. Many of these outcasts band together for mutual survival, becoming known as the Non-Patriated or "No-Pats" for short.

By 2037, advances in technology have allowed humanity to begin rebuilding a global society, and some of the remaining countries begin to open their borders once again. However, distrustful of the governments of the "Old World" that abandoned them, many No-Pats refuse to rejoin their former nations and create their own identity, unbound by loyality to any country. The No-Pats create Task Forces of military Specialists to defend themselves.

In 2040, a space debris storm causes a Kessler Effect to occur, where most of the satellites orbiting the Earth cease to function and crash into the planet. A global blackout takes place, plunging the world into chaos as communication grids are destroyed and supply lines halt. The United States of America and the Russian Federation, the only two remaining superpower states, blame each other for the catastrophe. The two nations begin a proxy war to secure remaining food and fuel supplies, hiring the No-Pat Task Forces to maintain plausible deniability. By 2042, a massive open war is all but certain, and the No-Pats must choose sides in order to survive.[5]

Classes

Battlefield 2042 introduces the Specialist system.

Specialists have one unique Specialty gadget, such as Maria's Syrette Pistol and Boris' SG-36 Sentry System, and a unique passive Trait, such as Casper's passive Movement Sensor. The rest of each Specialist's kit is fully customizable.[7]

Maps


Weapons

Development

A new, untitled Battlefield game was confirmed by EA CEO Andrew Wilson in an investor call on October 29, 2019. The game was said to take full advantage of next-generation consoles and be driven by live service offerings, seeing major innovations in multiplayer, social, and competition aspects that are new to the franchise.[8] The game's title was publicly revealed alongside its first trailer on June 9th, 2021.

DICE chose to exclude a traditional single-player campaign from 2042, believing the studio did multiplayer focused games better and desired to put all resources toward creating depth in the game's multiplayer. No Battle Royale mode is currently planned for the game.[3]

Battlefield 2042 is intended to be a "live service" game in a similar fashion to Battlefield V, and will introduce new content through update "Seasons" that will include free as well as paid-for Battle Passes.[4] Regarding the potential for the game to eventually become free-to-play, design director Daniel Berlin said that DICE had "done this in the past, we've got Battlefield Heroes, we had Battlefield Play for Free as well - so we've dipped our toe into this space. And it's exciting for us to see what the future holds here. But we don't have anything particularly to announce."[3]

The game had a closed technical playtest in early July from a group of veteran players with the map Orbital on Conquest in grey box environment.[9] The test has been push to later summer due to the implementation of cross-platform play.[10]

On June 30th, 2021, Nvidia announced the game will supporting their DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) and Reflex technology. The first help player getting better performance without sacrificing image quality and latter to reduce latency.[11]

On September 15th, 2021, DICE announced that the games original release date of October 15th, 2021 for EA Play members, Gold and the Ultimate Edition, and October 22nd, 2021 for worldwide release would be delated to November 12th, 2021 and November 19th, 2021 respectively. This was cited to to a result of the challenges of development during the COVID-19 pandemic.[12]

Marketing

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On June 4th, 2021, Official Battlefield Twitter account sent a message to bunch of gaming content creator through Direct Message with a distorted text at different section per images.[13]

On June 5th, 2021, Several players in community got a short teaser videos with the title "Emergency Broadcast".[14]

Standard Edition

Pre-Order Edition

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  • Battlefield 2042
  • Early Access to Open Beta
  • Baku ACB-90 Epic Melee Takedown Knife
  • "Mr. Chompy" Epic Weapon Charm
  • "Landfall" Player Card Background and "Old Guard" Tag
  • Irish Battle Hardened Legendary skin

Gold Edition

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  • Battlefield 2042
  • Early Access to Open Beta
  • Seven days early access on November 12th, 2021
  • Baku ACB-90 Epic Melee Takedown Knife
  • "Mr. Chompy" Epic Weapon Charm
  • "Landfall" Player Card Background and "Old Guard" Tag
  • Irish Battle Hardened Legendary skin
  • Year 1 Pass: 4 New Specialists, 4 Battle Passes, 3 Epic Skin Bundles

Ultimate Edition

Battlefield 2042 Ultimate Edition Cover.jpg
  • Battlefield 2042
  • Early Access to Open Beta
  • Seven days early access on November 12th, 2021
  • Baku ACB-90 Epic Melee Takedown Knife
  • "Mr. Chompy" Epic Weapon Charm
  • "Landfall" Player Card Background and "Old Guard" Tag
  • Irish Battle Hardened Legendary skin
  • Year 1 Pass: 4 New Specialists, 4 Battle Passes, 3 Epic Skin Bundles
  • Midnight Ultimate Bundle
  • Official Digital Artbook
  • Exclusive Digital Soundtrack

Gallery

Battlefield Portal

Videos


References

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