Update: Following the leak earlier today, DICE has officially unveiled Battlefield 2042 with an announcement trailer. The gameplay reveal will take place on 13th June 2021. Check it out above, with extra information and screenshots available below.
The game will not have a singleplayer campaign, and neither will there be a Battle Royale mode. On PS5, online bouts will feature 128 players. On PS4, the number is reduced by half to 64. The maps themselves will also be smaller on last-gen consoles. It will cost $60 on PS4 and $70 on PS5. In order to qualify for an upgrade from the PS4 version to PS5, you must purchase the more expensive Gold Edition.
On the topic of the game lacking a campaign and Battle Royale mode, design director Daniel Berlin told Eurogamer: "I think that's just something that enables us to really lean into what we are best at. If you look at the DNA of the studio, what we've been doing for so long, we just said you know what, we're not going to have a traditional single-player campaign this time around, but we're going to put all that emphasis and all those resources into building depth into the multiplayer. Because that is what we do best."
Original story: After months of waiting, the next entry in the Battlefield franchise has leaked in its entirety hours before the reveal trailer is set to drop. It is called Battlefield 2042, and will launch for both PlayStation 5 and PS4 on 22nd October 2021. The game heads to the near future, the year 2042 to be precise. That is if the title didn't already give it away. Key art for the title and screenshots are viewable below.
The leak comes via Reddit, with the site sharing details that were uploaded to the Origin website ahead of time. A description of Battlefield 2042 is as follows: "U.S.A. and Russia stand at the brink of war. Proxy wars have waged for decades, generating experienced but displaced combat veterans. These Specialists use their skills to shape the future — a future worth fighting for."
It will have seven new maps that support up to 128 players, from "Seoul’s cities to Egypt’s deserts, every map offers a unique experience based on the natural environment". A new Specialist system allows you to pick from four different classes, each with its own Specialty and Trait, while weapons, vehicles, and gadgets are all fully customisable. You can even "summon a robotic dog built for battle, employ a grappling hook or don your very own wingsuit".
There will be an open beta, a Year 1 Pass complete with Battle Passes, and three editions to choose from: Standard, Gold, and Ultimate. While the information isn't confirmed at the time of writing, the leak absolutely looks legit, with high-resolution screenshots and all. We think it's very safe to say this is all the real deal. We'll update this article once the reveal trailer drops later today too.
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