When the reveal trailer for the newly announced Battlefield 2042 went live on the 9th of June, fans of the franchise around the world were treated to an amazing 3D cinematic that even paid homage to games in the franchise.
One of the scenes included the famous RendeZook manoeuvre; where a jet plane pilot is able to eject out of his plane, arm a rocket launcher to take down another aircraft, and then re-enter his plane after the deed is done.
It is only in games like Battlefield that you could pull off such high feats of gameplay, and make it look amazing at the same time.
The reveal trailer didn’t offer any kind of gameplay though, so fans still didn’t know what to expect out of the new game.
Would it have advanced technologies, akin to Battlefield 2142, hence the name? Would it be better than Battlefield V or Battlefield 1? Fans were burnt with how lacklustre the previous two entries in the series were. Would it still feature large scale battles with tanks, helicopters and weaponry that made previous Battlefields so fun and engaging?
Electronic Arts (EA) has since put out a gameplay trailer for Battlefield 2042, and although it only provides gameplay from its pre-alpha stages, the game looks like it’s set to match-up to battles that were so iconic in titles like Battlefield 2 and Battlefield 3.
The gameplay trailer showed us that you can pilot jets, helicopters, tanks, buggies and so forth. There is also a moment in the trailer where the player is able to utilise a grappling hook to get to high places, and also using a wing suit to descend from tall buildings.
Players will also able to customise guns and loadouts on the go (in a very cute elevator scene), but we don’t know exactly how that would work for the time being.
But perhaps the most massive addition to the 128-player large-scale battle mode is the dynamic weather. In the gameplay trailer, we see a large tornado/sandstorm enveloping the battlefield (pun intended).
This tornado looks like it’s moving across the map, but there is no real indication if there is a way to stop the tornado, or if there are other dynamic map changes across the map.
We can also see that players and vehicles alike do get affected by something so large in scale, and this may make every game played in multiplayer an unpredictable one.
Speaking of multiplayer, EA has come out to confirm that Battlefield 2042 will be a multiplayer-only experience, and will not contain a single player campaign.
We currently do not know if the game will still be priced as a full AAA title, and if it does, we hope that there will be no sneaky microtransactions in the game. After all, EA has this knack of putting everything behind a paywall. Games like Star Wars: Battlefront II suffered a rough launch thanks to its loot box system, which thankfully was removed due to the backlash from fans and players of the game.
The reason given by EA to not include any kind of single player campaign is because they would like to concentrate on what the developers are good at; making great multiplayer games. DICE, the developers of the game, has a pedigree of making really good multiplayer maps and modes, and it can be seen in games like Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4 and Star Wars: Battlefront.
In an interview with gaming website Eurogamer, Battlefield 2042 design director Daniel Berlin stated: "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."
Battlefield 2042 is slated to release on the 22nd of October 2021 for the PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X. And we can't wait to find out how it really is.