Battlefield 2042

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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 and gameplay will be shown on June 13th, 2021.[3] The game is set to release on October 15th, 2021 for EA Play members and those who purchase Gold and Ultimate Edition and on October 22nd, 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: Bad Company. 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[4].

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.[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.[6]

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.[7] 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.[4]

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.[5] 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."[4]

The game is set to have a closed technical playtest in early July from a group of veteran players with the map Orbital on Conquest in grey box environment.[8]

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.[9]

On June 5th, 2021, Several players in community got a short teaser videos with the title "Emergency Broadcast".[10]

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

Gold Edition

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  • Battlefield 2042
  • Early Access to Open Beta
  • Seven days early access on October 15th, 2021
  • Baku ACB-90 Epic Melee Takedown Knife
  • "Mr. Chompy" Epic Weapon Charm
  • "Landfall" Player Card Background and "Old Guard" Tag
  • Year 1 Pass: 4 New Specialists, 4 Battle Passes, 3 Epic Skin Bundles

Ultimate Edition

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  • Battlefield 2042
  • Early Access to Open Beta
  • Seven days early access on October 15th, 2021
  • Baku ACB-90 Epic Melee Takedown Knife
  • "Mr. Chompy" Epic Weapon Charm
  • "Landfall" Player Card Background and "Old Guard" Tag
  • Year 1 Pass: 4 New Specialists, 4 Battle Passes, 3 Epic Skin Bundles
  • Midnight Ultimate Bundle
  • Official Digital Artbook
  • Exclusive Digital Soundtrack

References

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