Battlefield 2042 Officially Announced, Coming in October | IGN

DICE has announced the much-rumored (and repeatedly leaked) Battlefield 2042 — a near-future FPS set amid a worldwide ecological disaster. It will arrive for PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4 and Xbox One on October 22.

Announced in a reveal stream today, the game features 128-player multiplayer matches on PC and new-gen consoles (but remains at 64 players on PS4 and Xbox One), and builds environmental disasters into its matches, including sandstorms, tornadoes, and more. The first direct gameplay will be shown on June 13, presumably as part of E3 2021.

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Alongside the expected new weapons, vehicles, and equipment, the game also introduces Specialists, named characters inspired by the traditional Battlefield classes but with added abilities, with 10 coming at launch. The game brings Battlefield’s traditional Conquest and Breakthrough modes, and will add Hazard Zone – a squad-based mode that DICE says is “very different” to the existing modes – and another, as-yet unannounced new mode, described as a “love letter to Battlefield fans”. The unannoucned mode will be shown at EA Play Live in July.

As you might expect from a modern AAA shooter, EA is building live service elements into the game, with Seasons that push forward the narrative of the game and will include Battle Passes with free and premium tiers. The first year of the game will comprise four seasons, four Battle Passes, and four new Specialists, among other additions.

You can read much more about the game in our first Battlefield 2042 preview, which includes details on several multiplayer maps, the game’s newly expanded take on classes, and the game’s addition of mid-match weapon customization.

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Battlefield 2042 has a huge team – the biggest in series history according to EA – and includes developers from DICE Stockholm, DICE LA, EA Gothenburg, and Criterion. EA also has a standalone Battlefield mobile game in the works, and recently appointed ex-Call of Duty GM Byron Beede to grow the franchise even further beyond those games.

This isn’t the first we’ve seen of Battlefield 2042, even if it is the first official showing. The game saw a number of leaks before release, including an internal video and a set of images. It won’t be the last time we see it this summer, most likely, with the EA Play Live showcase coming in July.

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