Following a leak earlier in the day, EA has officially announced the next Battlefield game during a special reveal livestream held today. Entitled Battlefield 2042, the game is set to release on October 22 and will make its way to the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, and PC.
The story overview reads as follows:
In Battlefield 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.
You can view the full Battlefield 2042 reveal trailer below:
The game will by fully multiplayer (sorry, campaign fans), and will have some form next-gen only support, like 128 player map support for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, and PC only. Similar to a live service game, Battlefield 2042 will also feature a battle pass that will have free and premium tiers for players to unlock throughout a season.
Specialists have also been revealed, an all new playable class that can equip a unique Specialist Trait and Specialty, and will have fully customizable loadouts. The first 4 specialists will be Wikus “Casper” Van Daele (Recon), Webster Mackay (Assault), Maria Flack (Support) and Pyotr “Boris” Guskovsky (Engineer).
The maps that have currently been revealed are Kaleidoscope – Sogdo, South Korea, Manifest – Brani Island, Singapore, Orbital – Kourou, French Guiana, Discarded – Alang, India, Renewal – Eastern Desert, Egypt, Hourglass – Doha, Qatar, and Breakaway – Queen Maud Land, Antarctica.
Other features of the game will include:
- All-Out Warfare – the next generation of fan-favorite modes Conquest and Breakthrough, featuring the largest maps ever for the franchise and for the first time, up to 128 players. Experience the intensity of All-Out Warfare in large-scale battles like never before on maps filled with dynamic weather, dangerous environmental hazards, and spectacular world events that see tornadoes rip across the map and sandstorms block out the sun.
- Hazard Zone – an all-new, high-stakes, squad-based game-type for the Battlefield franchise that is a modern take on the multiplayer experience that is distinctly DICE but very different from All-Out Warfare’s Conquest or Breakthrough modes.
- TO BE ANNOUNCED – the third experience, being developed by DICE LA, is another exciting new game-type for the franchise. This experience is a love letter to Battlefield fans and one that long-time players will feel right at home with. Tune-in to EA Play Live on July 22 for all the details.
Battlefield 2042 is available now for pre-order and will retail for $59.99 for PS4 and Xbox One, and $69.99 for PS5 and Xbox Series. A Gold and Ultimate Edition is also available, which will give players access as early as October 15.