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Battlefield 2042 gameplay, screenshots, map & mode details emerge

No single-player, and the USA and Russia nearly at war.

Battlefield 2042 is the name of the game we’ve been calling Battlefield 6, with a number of screenshots and game info making it to EA’s Origin platform ahead of a proper reveal.

“U.S.A. and Russia stand at the brink of war. Proxy wars have waged for decades, generating experienced but displaced combat veterans,” reads the game’s listing on EA Origin. “These Specialists use their skills to shape the future — a future worth fighting for.”

Battlefield 2042 will do away with single-player for this iteration and focus on multiplayer action. It’s biggest drawcard will be modes with up to 128 players on gigantic maps. Game modes like Conquest or Breakthrough can also be played entirely with AI opponents should you not feel like taking on real-life players.

“From Seoul’s cities to Egypt’s deserts, every map offers a unique experience based on the natural environment,” EA continued.

Confirmed maps are as follows:

  • Kaleidoscope – set in South Korea, this map will see forces clashing over a quantum powered disinformation hub after an attack threatens the global network.
  • Manifest – taking place in Singapore, this is a strategic flashpoint which is vital for the American supply lines and global trade.
  • Orbital – set in the jungles of French Guiana, this map finds forces battling to control a rocket launch site in a race against time.
  • Discarded – located in India, here you’ll find shipbreakers facing tidal extremes as factions fight to secure nuclear assets.
  • Renewal – on this map, players will fight over a groundbreaking agriculture technology center in the Egyptian Desert.
  • Hourglass – set in Qatar, this map features shifting sands and a lost shipping convoy that splits a city center apart.
  • Breakaway – the final map that was shown took place in Antarctica, where soldiers battle over oil and gas as the ice around them gives way.

The title is effectively split up into three portions, with All-Out Warfare covering Conquest and Breakthrough 128-player modes, Hazard Zone offering “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” and finally a third portion in development by DICE LA.

The next Battlefield promises “a cutting-edge arsenal” that will let players “customize weapons, gadgets and vehicles in-battle to tip the scales in your favor. Summon a robotic dog built for battle, employ a grappling hook or don your very own wingsuit.”

A series of screenshots and last night’s Battlefield reveal trailer can be checked out below.

Battlefield 2042 heads to PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, PS4 and PS5 from 15 October.

Update: Gameplay was today shown off at the Xbox & Bethesda E3 2021 Showcase; it’s the first trailer below.

Battlefield 2042

19 November 2021
PC PS4 PS5 Xbox One Xbox Series S & X

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