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Battlefield 2042

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Ripple Effect Studios
Release Date: Nov. 19, 2021

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'Battlefield 2042' Short Film Reveal The Events That Trigger The All-Out War, Reveals New Character - Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 12, 2021 @ 10:11 a.m. PDT

Battlefield 2042 is a groundbreaking first-person shooter set to revolutionize the modern multiplayer sandbox.

Powered by cutting-edge technology that pushes the capabilities of next generation hardware, the game drops players into a near-future, all-out-war experience that includes the franchise’s hallmark, game-changing destruction.

Featuring matches filled with up to 128 players and massive-scale maps on PS5, Xbox Series X|S and PCs (Xbox One and PS4 are capped at 64 players and reduced map sizes), this unprecedented scale adds a new dimension to multiplayer battles.

Battlefield 2042 also ups the action with the inclusion of real-time events that reshape the battlefield and tactical combat. All new weapons, vehicles and gadgets give players the freedom to be strategic and create jaw-dropping, only-in-Battlefield moments.

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.

Players will jump into the boots of Specialists, an all-new type of playable soldier for the franchise. Inspired by the traditional four Battlefield classes, Specialists will be equipped with their own unique Specialist Trait and Specialty, and will have fully customizable loadouts. As a Specialist, players will have access to a cutting-edge arsenal of weapons, equipment and vehicles to use in battle. These powerful new tools give creative players a wealth of options as they find the perfect combination to fit their play style and outsmart and outgun opponents on the battlefield.

The Exodus short film provides a closer look at what started the No-Pat Civil War in Battlefield 2042 as well as introducing its rich cast of playable No-Pat characters known as Specialists.

Most notably, “Exodus” reintroduces an old friend for fans of the series with Battlefield 4’s Kimble “Irish” Graves, played by Michael K. Williams, returning to 2042 as a playable No-Pat Specialist. Exodus also introduces the mysterious “Oz,” who clashes with Irish over the future of the No-Pats and sows the seeds of conflict. The narrative will continue to evolve over time as more Specialists join the conflict, each with their own story to tell, and pull players deeper into the world and lore of Battlefield 2042.

With a deeply engaging multiplayer offering across three distinct experiences, the Battlefield 2042 narrative will be told in an all-new way for the franchise, offering players a compelling world seen through the eyes of the Specialists and their experiences on the battlefield. This immersive and modern approach to storytelling is one that players have come to expect from their favorite games and these Specialist stories aim to give players a way to immerse themselves in the universe of Battlefield 2042 whether they’ve got the controller in hand or not.  Whether the player cares deeply about narrative or if they need just enough context to enjoy the multiplayer experience, the world building is here to enable that immersion.  

In the leadup to “Exodus,” players have been taken on the “Journey of the No-Pats” with journalist Kayvan Bechir, who reported on his 13 months embedded on a No-Pat vessel. In his search for the truth, Kayvan had been taken around the globe and discovered three truths: the United States and Russia are on the brink of war as the world struggles over resources and surrounding nations have collapsed, the group of nomads from collapsed nations known as the Non-Patriated (“No-Pats”), who the world would believe have bound together for survival, are actually a divided group with conflicting agendas, and there’s a mysterious No-Pat leader called Oz who has been pulling the strings from the shadows and attempting to unite the No-Pats under one banner. In the last chapter, Kayvan boards the warship Exodus that's been rerouted to London by Oz in a mission that will soon determine the fate of the No-Pats and the world. 

Irish is the fifth Specialist to be revealed for Battlefield 2042, with five more set to be announced in the coming weeks, totalling 10 Specialists at launch. Each Specialist comes with a specific gadget and trait that can only be used by that character, further defining their respective playstyles. Players can also freely choose what weapon, grenade or secondary gadget to equip each Specialist with, providing more freedom to create a unique loadout for each Specialist that fits every playstyle. Those who pre-order Battlefield 2042 will receive the exclusive Battle Hardened legendary skin for Irish as a playable Specialist along with early access to the Open Beta, Baku ACB-90 melee takedown knife, Mr. Chompy epic weapon charm and a Landfall Player Card Background and Old Guard Tag.

Battlefield 2042 includes 3 distinct multiplayer experiences:

  • 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 (on XSX, PS5 and PC). 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.
  • Portal Mode - A first for the Battlefield franchise, Battlefield Portal is a community-driven platform designed to offer a huge variety of imaginative experiences by giving players the tools to set their own rules and build their own definitive Battlefield experience - and share them with other people.

All Out Warfare launches with seven maps total. Let’s take a quick tour of those:

  • Kaleidoscope [Sogdo, South Korea] This cityscape features dense roadways and skyscrapers that can be explored, or if you’ve a wingsuit, leapt off. It’s here that a tornado that dwarves the glittering buildings will make its presence known.
  • Manifest [Brani Island, Singapore] Supply lines are under threat in this key location for global trade.
  • Orbital [Kourou, French Guiana] Players will battle in the shadow of a towering space rocket pad that’s counting down to an imminent launch. 
  • Discarded [Alang, India] Clash around, through and on top of massive ship hulks and the surrounding cranes.
  • Renewal [Eastern Desert, Egypt] Wrestle for control of an agriculture technology centre in the Egyptian Desert.
  • Hourglass [Doha, Qatar] An approaching sandstorm will shift the tide of war taking place at the heart of a city.
  • Breakaway [Queen Maud Land, Antarctica] From hot deserts to icy landscapes: oil and gas are the key resources being fought over here. Insert on the mountaintops with a wingsuit and you can dive into industrial buildings below.

Post launch, Battlefield 2042’s first year promises four seasons of content, bringing with them four new Specialists plus new locations. Each season is marked by a new Battle Pass. EA confirms that new locations will be accessible to all players.

Available now for pre-order, players will receive early access to the Open Beta and have three different editions to choose from, including the Battlefield 2042 Gold Edition for $89.99 on PC and $99.99 on console, or the Battlefield 2042 Ultimate Edition for $109.99 on PC or $119.99 on console.

Battlefield 2042 is coming to retail and digital storefronts for Xbox One, PS4 and PC ($59.99) and for Xbox Series X|S and PS5 ($69.99) on October 22, 2021.


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