The new battlefield returns to the future and abandons the campaign
EA just unveiled the latest game in the Battlefield franchise, titled Battlefield 2042, and takes the series back into the future while getting rid of the campaign.
It would be a first for the Battlefield series. Like every other title in the franchise has had one. But unlike some of the older Battlefield games, as well as rivals in the genre, some of Battelfield’s more recent campaigns have been quite short.
So the players may not really lose much here. The Battlefield 5 campaign, for example, lasted around 3 hours. A little less if you were quick. Instead of the campaign, Battlefield 2042 will add what looks like two new modes and a few new features. So there will still be a lot of content to browse.
In the absence of a campaign, Battlefield 2042 gets a new “Danger Zone” mode and more
Battlefield 2042 may not have a single player experience, and for some it may be a bummer, but EA and DICE have big plans in place to keep players engaged for “years to come.”
According to EA, it’s taking a fresh take on the live-service aspect of the Battlefield franchise. The content will be divided into seasons which will last approximately three months. Each season will also “evolve the fiction” of the game. So, even if there is no campaign, there is certainly a story to follow. And the construction of the game’s narrative has already started.
On the Battlefield 2042 landing page, you can read about the game world and how things got to where they are. The world’s first Category 6 storm, food and fuel shortages, a second great depression, and other life-changing events set the story for the story.
Gameplay includes three main modes
As for the gameplay, Battlefield 2042 will have a new mode called Hazard Zone. EA says the new mode is distinctly Battlefield but still very different from All-Out-War modes. It is described as a “modern approach to the team-based, high-stakes multiplayer experience.” Those are all the details EA is dropping for now, but there’s a gameplay trailer that lands on June 13. So there is a chance that players will learn more about Hazard Zone through this trailer.
There is also a second new mode that EA simply labeled “Redacted”. This is described as a new way to play Battlefield with unexpected experiences. EA will show it on July 22 during its EA Play Live Event.
As for All-Out-War, it’s the Battlefield multiplayer that players will remember, but with new and improved features. It will support up to 128 players, but not on all platforms. Xbox One and PS4 will support up to 64 players. Meanwhile, the PS5, Xbox Series X / S, and PC will support up to 128, taking advantage of the new large-scale cards.
Speaking of maps, there will be 7 in total and will include everything from destructive environments to large-scale dynamic events and environmental storms. Force players to adapt to changes on the fly.
Battlefield 2042 will launch on October 22 of this year. EA is also planning an open beta before the game’s release, but has yet to set a date.