• James Kinch

Battlefield 2042 Trailer revealed and all the details we know

Battlefield, the popular FPS series by EA and Dice has released the first trailer for the now titled Battlefield 2042. The live releasing of the trailer was watched by more than 450,000 concurrent users on Youtube.

Set to a modified version of Kickstart my Heart by 2WEI, the trailer shows off in-game engine footage of battles taking place in a variety of locations including urban, desert and taiga. A large amount of vehicles are shown in these locations including drones and advanced quadrupedal robots. Other notable inclusions are of a Die Hard 4 reference where a player rolls off of a quadbike into a helicopter and a fight occurring very near a rocket launch.

The game will not feature a single-player campaign but will release with favourites Conquest & Breakthrough with a new gamemode, "Hazard Mode" and a new way to play the game will be announced in EA Play in July.

The game will support 128 player matches and "7 massive-scale maps" on PC, Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5. Xbox One and PS4 are capped at 64 players and reduced map sizes. In both versions, there will be "enhanced terrain deformation" as well as "dynamic events & storms", very fitting given the game's story line.

The maps currently announced are:

  • Orbital - Kourou, French Guiana - It's a race against time and hostile conditions as you fight around the site of an imminent rocket launch. Watch out for both enemy fire and upcoming storms on this dynamic map.

  • Hourglass - Doha, Qatar - Fight in a city lost to the desertification around it. Massive dust and sand storms are constantly rolling in, blotting out the natural light, as you battle for control of a convoy trapped in the shifting sands.

  • Kaleidoscope - Songdo, South Korea - In a state-of-the art metropolis in South Korea, zipline between skyscrapers and fight among the plazas surrounding the city's iconic data center.

  • Manifest - Brani Island, Singapore - Watch out for tropical tornadoes and navigate through maze-like cargo containers in this key trade location, vital to American supply lines.

  • Discarded - Alang, India - Along a strategic section of India's west coast, colossal ships stranded on the beach are being stripped for parts. Fight among the hulls of these behemoths while adapting to deadly storms.

  • Breakaway - Queen Maud Land, Antarctica - Tread carefully on this dynamic map, where oil extraction has turned the freezing area to a strategic hot spot. Take advantage of destructible fuel tanks and silos that create debris fields and permanent fires when destroyed.

  • Renewal - Eastern Desert, Egypt - A giant wall, built to secure rich, man-made agricultural areas, takes center stage on this intense map. Prepare for the extreme conditions, deploy, and secure the access points and massive gates in the wall.

There will be an open beta but there are currently no details as to when it will happen.

Following with a trend in the game industry right now, there will be regular battle passes, one free and one paid for.

The game already has a road map for year one of the game. It'll be split into four seasons and each season will add new battle passes and a new chapter to the multiplayer’s evolving story, and introduce a new "Specialist" – 2042’s unique characters.

Every year during the game's lifespan will include new locations, but the developer only really discussed Specialists as the highlight for every season.

One trend that is missing though is that of a battle-royale mode. This is touched upon by Daniel Berlin, design director of 2042 talking to 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."

There are currently three tiers of pre-orders from Standard and Gold to Ultimate.

The additional content found in the ultimate edition:

You can preorder for £53.99 on the Microsoft Store if you're an EA Play or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate member.

£62.99 for Xbox Series X for EA Play and Game Pass Ultimate members.

The game will be released October 22nd 2021.

More can be learnt about the game here.

A few hours before the trailer was due to be released, a large dump of images were posted onto reddit which then made it's way onto Twitter. Leaked images reveal the game's cover art and some cinematic screenshots.

This isn't the first time that the Battlefield series has had a game set in the further future. The similarly named Battlefield 2142 was released 15 years ago on the 17th October 2006. With a futuristic setting confirmed and the familiar name being thrown around, this appears to be a love letter to the game for it's 15th anniversary.

A generally well-received game, scoring 80/100 via Metacritic, the game takes the Battlefield formula into the future, depicting a future conflict known as "The Cold War of the 22nd Century" between the PAC (Pan Asian Coalition) and the EU (European Union) battle for the remaining unfrozen land during a new Ice Age.