Battlefield is going back to the future with Battlefield 2042, and it's launching in 2021.
The multiplayer-only title sees the franchise return to a more contemporaneous setting following Battlefield 1 and Battlefield V, and proves that it's still tough to predict what DICE will name its titles.
With dynamic weather effects, 128-player multiplayer and live-service elements, it could be the franchise's biggest entry to date.
Here's all we know.
Battlefield Blog Answers Fan Questions - July 14
DICE's latest blog post reveals that the game's technical playtest is being moved to allow for cross-play and cross-progression to be built in, as well as a closer look at the game's specialists, maps, vehicles and AI troops.
Find out more here.
What We Want From Battlefield 2042 - July 1
DICE, we know the game is supposed to be uber-serious - but give us some of that trademark Battlefield silliness.
Battlefield 2042 Will Support DLSS and Reflex - June 30
Battlefield 2042 will support NVIDIA's DLSS upscaling and low-latency Reflex techniques, DICE has confirmed.
For more on the latter, check out our explainer here.
Battlefield Hub To Be Revealed? - June 23
It sounds as though Battlefield 2042 will offer a huge sandbox of classic franchise maps, vehicles and weapons as part of a new 'hub' – according to a longtime leaker.
Find out more here.
Battlefield 2042 Gameplay Trailer Revealed
Take a look at some rather epic looking gameplay straight from the game, as shared during E3 2021 at the Xbox Press Conference.
Battlefield 2042 Officially Revealed
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What Is Battlefield 2042?
Battlefield 2042 might just be the franchise's most ambitious entry yet. Set in a world where dozens of nations have failed, leaving their citizens non-patriated, these 'no-pats' fight for one of two sides – the US or Russia.
With no single-player campaign, DICE has built Battlefield 2042 into a multiplayer title with three pillars – 'All-Out Warfare', 'Hazard Zone', and a third which is yet to be announced.
Encompassing Battlefield stalwarts Conquest and Breakthrough, All-Out Warfare features 128-player battles on next-gen consoles and PC (64-players on last-gen).
Maps are huge, based around controlling territory, and dynamic events like a rocket launch or a tornado can drastically change how each match plays.
While still under wraps, Hazard Zone is a squad-based game-type that's very different from All-Out Warfare. DICE is keen to stress though that it's not a Battle Royale.
Release Date and Beta
Battlefield 2042 will launch on October 22, 2021.
If you want to get your hands on it early, an open beta will take place before launch.
Check out the stunning reveal trailer below, showcasing some of the game's dynamic weather systems in action:
The game launch on Xbox Series X and PS5, as well as the PC.
EA claim that the game will take "full advantage of the power of next-generation platforms to bring massive, immersive battles to life".
The game will also launch on Xbox One and PS4 consoles, but with smaller maps and a decreased player count – up to 64-players.
Battlefield 2042 Maps
Battlefield 2042's All-Out Warfare modes will launch with seven maps. As per EA:
- Kaleidoscope - set in Sogdo, South Korea. Forces here will clash to control a quantum powered disinformation hub after an attack threatens the global network.
- Manifest - set in Brani Island, Singapore. Players will see a strategic flashpoint emerge as global trade chokes this location which is vital for the American supply lines.
- Orbital - set in Kourou, French Guiana. The battle here is over a rocket launch site as a controversial space launch becomes a race against time.
- Discarded - set in Alang, India. Here you see shipbreakers facing tidal extremes as factions fight to secure rogue nuclear assets.
- Renewal - set in the Eastern Desert, Egypt. Players will fight for a groundbreaking agriculture technology centre in the Egyptian Desert.
- Hourglass - set in Doha, Qatar - Shifting sands and a lost shipping convoy tear a city center apart.
- Breakaway - set in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. Struggle over oil and gas that pushes soldiers to the brink as an industry clashes with nature and ice gives way.
Battlefield is taking a different approach to classes with 2042, ensuring more flexibility.
Specialists are playable characters with one passive trait and one active speciality, such as a sniper with a movement sensor and a recon drone.
Unlike classes in prior games, Specialists aren't restricted to a certain weapon type, so loadouts can be customised to suit your playstyle, and attachments can be switched on the fly.
Specialists we've seen so far include a soldier with a grappling hook, a combat surgeon that can revive with a healing pistol, and a character that can place a sentry turret.
Despite rumours of a Bad Company 3 or a trip to Vietnam, Battlefield 2042 takes place in the near future.
Here's the synopsis of the game's setting, courtesy of EA:
The year is 2042. The world is on the brink. Shortages of food, energy and clean water have led to dozens of failed nations, creating the greatest refugee crisis in human history. Among these Non-Patriated, or No-Pats, are families, farmers, engineers - and even soldiers. Amidst this crisis, the United States and Russia draw the world into an all-out war. No-Pat Specialists join both sides, not fighting for a flag, but for the future of the Non-Patriated in this new world.
Does Battlefield 2042 Have A Campaign?
No, Battlefield 2042 won't offer a single-player campaign. Instead, its world will evolve through seasonal content.
Will Battlefield 2042 Have A Battle Royale?
As things stand, Battlefield 2042 will NOT have a battle royale mode.
Will It Support Cross-Play?
At the time of writing, EA has not said one way or the other. Prior entries haven't supported cross-platform play between platforms.
In a recent preview event, though, DICE's general manager Oskar Gabrielson noted that players have wanted cross-play – and said more will be shared in the future.
PS5/Xbox Series S/X
- Standard - £69.99
- Gold - £89.99
- Ultimate - £109.99
- Standard - £59.99
- Gold - £89.99
- Ultimate – £109.99
- Standard - £49.99
- Gold - £79.99
- Ultimate - £99.99
At the time of writing, GAME (for those of you in the UK) has the following pre-order options.
While it may be some time away from release, there are a few enticing pre-order bonuses you can get if you choose to guarantee your copy right now, including access to the Open Beta, weapon charms and much more.