EA is quietly having quite a spectacular year so far. They began with the outstanding It Takes Two from Hazelight Studios, then followed it up with a one-two punch of Mass Effect: Legendary Edition and Knockout City, both of which have received plenty of praise. Now EA hopes to keep their winning streak going with the debut of their much anticipated next game in the Battlefield series, Battlefield 2042.
The game was revealed Wednesday with a five minute cinematic (in-engine) trailer showcasing some of the epic scaled battles that players will have in store for them when the game debuts on October 22nd for PC and both current and last gen PlayStation and Xbox consoles. The game looks to up the ante for the genre with 7 massive maps which support up to 128 players on PC, PS5, and XSX/S (64 on last gen) and dynamic weather events which will alter the map and keep players on their toes. The trailer showed what looked like tornadoes and hurricanes wreaking havoc on the world. Some other features include:
- Conquest & Breakthrough modes
- New Hazard Mode
- Enhanced Terrain Deformation
- Full arsenal of vehicles, jets, and helicopters
Something that might be a disappointment to certain fans is the lack of a single player campaign this time around. Developer DICE is deciding to devote all of their focus to the multiplayer modes, which is admittedly the primary draw for most fans. As someone who comes to first person shooters primarily for the campaign, this is a disappointment for me. It’s also interesting that as a multiplayer only title, and one that will also feature a paid (and free) Battle Pass system, that they are charging full price for the game. That’s not to say that the game doesn’t justify the price, but in a time when people are playing free to play shooters like Apex Legends and Call of Duty Warzone, I wonder if this will be a hurdle for bringing the game to the masses.
One thing that may help them overcome that is the long running rumor that the game will be launching on Xbox Game Pass on day one. If this turns out to be true it will benefit from having a large install base right off of the bat and would be much more enticing to new players as opposed to spending $70 for the base game. EA has also stated that we’ll be getting a first look at gameplay for Battlefield 2042 at the upcoming Xbox Bethesda E3 Showcase this weekend, so if there’s any truth to that rumor we’ll probably know it very soon.
Regardless of questions about price or the lack of a campaign, players look to be in for a thrilling and gorgeous shooter that is sure to satisfy multiplayer fans. We’ll see more of the game this Sunday at 10am PST during the Xbox briefing.