Battlefield 2042 will be available on October for PS4 and PS5: Here’s what you need to know

Battlefield 2042 has been officially confirmed on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC by publisher Electronic Arts and developer DICE (Steam, Epic Games Store, Origin). It will be released on October 22nd.

Battlefield 2042 is the next Battlefield game, and it will be released on October 22. It's set in the near future (think Boston Dynamics robot dogs, not laser rifles), but the location isn't the most important aspect of the story. In fact, it's the least intriguing aspect of Battlefield 2042, which is something I'm not sure I've ever said about a Battlefield game. Here are the key details:

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About

Battlefield 2042 is a first-person shooter that sees the brand return to its legendary all-out combat. Adapt and overcome constantly shifting battlegrounds with the support of your team and a cutting-edge armament in a near-future planet ravaged by chaos.

Battlefield 2042 provides unparalleled scale to enormous battlegrounds throughout the world, with a capacity of 128 players. From revamped multiplayer modes like Conquest and Breakthrough to the all-new Hazard Zone, players will be immersed in a variety of huge experiences.

  • The max player count has been doubled to 128 on PC and the new consoles
  • The 128-player maps are divided into sectors containing clusters of control points; capture all the control points in a sector to control it
  • Classes (engineer, assault, support, etc) are now categories that contain specialists. Each specialist has a backstory and unique gadget, but can carry any gun.
  • Gadgets we've seen: A grappling hook, a health/revive gun (think Doc in Rainbow Six Siege), an auto-turret (think Team Fortress 2), a movement sensor (to catch people sneaking up on you while you're sniping)
  • 10 specialists at launch
  • Free/premium battle passes
  • Four seasons and four new specialists per year
  • Post-launch maps will all be free
  • "Levolution" is back: tornadoes lift players and vehicles into a vortex, a sandstorm blots out the sky, a space rocket launches (or maybe explodes)
  • One guy has a wingsuit
  • Some vehicles have spotter seats (a small detail but I like the sound of it)
  • No battle royale, but there are some mystery modes
  • No singleplayer campaign
  • Release date: October 22, 2021
  • PC stores: Steam, Epic Games Store, Origin
  • Gameplay trailer reveal: Sunday, June 13
Pre-Order Bonuses
  • Early access to open beta
  • Baku ACB-90 melee takedown knife
  • “Mr. Chompy” epic weapon charm
  • “Landfall” player card background and “Old Guard” tag
Game Editions
  • Standard Edition ($59.99 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC / $69.99 on PS5 and Xbox Series)
Base game
  • Gold Edition ($89.99 on PC / $99.99 on consoles)
  • Early access to game launch
  • Year 1 Pass: Four new Specialists (one per Season), four Battle Passes (one per Season), and three Epic Skin Bundles (“Blistered Earth,” “Tempest,” and “Cold Blood”)
  • Cross-Gen Bundle (consoles only)
  • Ultimate Edition ($109.99 on PC / $119.99 on consoles)
"I believe it simply allows us to really lean into what we're great at," Battlefield 2042 design director Daniel Berlin said of the game's lack of a single-player narrative, which has been a series staple since Battlefield 3. "If you look at the studio's DNA, what we've been doing for so long, we just decided, "You know what, we're not going to have a standard single-player campaign this time around," but we're going to focus all of our efforts and resources on giving the multiplayer a lot of complexity." Because it's what we're good at."

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Specialists
The inclusion of specialists is likely to be the most contentious shift. They're similar to Rainbow Six Siege operators in that they have names, backstories, and unique gadgets and skills, but they're more versatile in that they can use any weapon you've earned. Battlefield class archetypes such as 'attack' and 'recon' remain, but DICE now refers to them as categories into which specialists will fit.
So far, DICE has revealed four specialists. Here's who they are and what they do:

Wikus "Casper" Van Daele
  • Birthplace: South Africa
  • Class: Recon
  • Specialty: OV-P Recon Drone (what it sounds like, a remote control spotting drone)
  • Trait: Movement Sensor (he's alerted to people sneaking up behind him, at least if they move too quickly)
Webster Mackay
  • Birthplace: Canada
  • Class: Assault
  • Specialty: Grappling Hook (the 'zip and you're there' kind, not the swinging kind)
  • Trait: Nimble (he moves fast)
Maria Falck
  • Birthplace: Germany
  • Class: Support
  • Specialty: S21 Syrette Pistol (heals or revives from a distance, like Doc in Rainbow Six Siege)
  • Trait: Combat Surgeon (revives teammates to full health, instead of partial health)
Pyotr "Boris" Guskovsky
  • Birthplace: Russia
  • Class: Engineer
  • Specialty: SG-36 Sentry Gun (like Team Fortress 2 or Overwatch's turrets)
  • Trait: Sentry Operator (sentry guns are more effective when he's nearby)
Battlefield 2042 will also lack a battle royale mode, following the series' failed attempts at the genre with Battlefield 5's Firestorm - a game that showed potential but lacked the continuing maintenance required to make it a success.

"Battle royale is unquestionably one of the most popular games right now," Berlin added. "At this time, we don't have any battle royale plans, but we do have other experiences within the game that we can't discuss but are really eager for."


The lack of a campaign in Battlefield 2042 is a significant difference. On Wednesday, the game's design director, Daniel Berlin, told Eurogamer, "I think that's simply something that allows us to really lean into what we're greatest at." A combat royale option is also not in the works, according to Berlin.

Even if there isn't a campaign, the action still has a story. Environmental and economic crises are ripping the planet apart in the 2030s. Non-patriated, or no-pats, are displaced individuals who join together in order to survive. In 2042, the United States and Russia begin employing these troops without a country to wage their resource conflicts.
 

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