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"It's a race against time and hostile conditions as you fight around the site of an imminent rocket launch. Watch out for both enemy fire and upcoming storms on this dynamic map."

Official Battlefield website

Orbital is a map featured in Battlefield 2042. It was first seen in the Battlefield 2042 Official Reveal Trailer (ft. 2WEI). It is set in a orbital rocket station in Kourou, French Guiana, where the player must fight in massive storms next to a giant rocket ship.

The map received a major improvement as part of Season 2 in Update 2.2 (Season 2).

Conquest[]

"Intelligence has revealed that amidst satellite relaunches, the US is placing a prototype weapon into orbit. The launch site is here, in French Guiana. Your mission is to breach the facility and do whatever it takes to prevent the Americans from occupying it. I won't lie--you can expect resistance as the Americans dig in. But this wouldn't be a first for you, would it?"

— Russian Briefing

"You're headed to a satellite launch facility in French Guiana. The Russians have a naval task force in the region, and they went airborne. You'll be under siege the whole time; so it won't be pretty. But holding this facility is vital to US interests in the space domain. Transport's on the way. Gear up and get ready to move."

— American Briefing

Deployments[]

Russian Deployment[]

US Deployment[]

Flags[]

A: Assembly Building[]

B: Crawlerway[]

B1[]
B2[]

C: Launch Platform[]

D: Security Checkpoint[]

E: Cryogenic Plant[]

E1[]
E2[]

Conquest 64[]

Deployments[]

US Deployment[]

Russian Deployment[]

Flags[]

A: Assembly Building[]

A1[]
A2[]

B: Crawlerway[]

B1[]
B2[]

C: Launch Platform[]

C1[]
C2[]

Breakthrough[]

"The US plans to illegally launch a weapon at this facility in French Guiana. Russia will not allow this to happen. Work with the other task forces to take the facility. You will have every resource we can provide but they are limited, and the Americans will try to outlast us. It cannot become a prolonged siege - strike fast and hard. Transport is waiting."

— Russian Briefing

"Our satellite launch facility in French Guiana is about to come under attack. We need you inside and ready to defend it ASAP. The Russians will try to take the facility sector by sector. We need to slow them and force them to withdraw. There is lots of open area so be aware of your surroundings at all times. We're counting on you."

— Amercian Briefing

Sector 1[]

Sector 2[]

Sector 3[]

Sector 4[]

Development[]

The visual design of the launch center was inspired by the Kennedy Space Center and the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan, while the terrain was based off of New Zealand, despite the map being set in French Guiana. Gameplay inspiration was taken from Caspian Border, which the level designers consider to be a map where the "Battlefield experience" works well. Orbital was designed to accommodate various playstyles and to be easily traversed from the air.[2]

Several changes were made to the map based off of feedback from the Summer 2021 closed technical tests, such as the rooftop flag being moved to the assembly building and capture zone heights being reduced from 100 meters to 50 meters to make them riskier to capture with helicopters.[2]

Gallery[]


Trivia[]

  • The map is based on the real cosmodrome in French Guiana "MIK - Soyouz Launcher Integration Building".
  • The map's internal name is MP_Orbital.
  • Orbital was the first publicly playable map for 2042, first being available in closed technical tests in Summer 2021 and the October 2021 Open Beta.

References[]

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