EA Games revealed Battlefield 2042 today in a five minute trailer that’s one of the more impressive video game trailers I’ve seen in recent years. As far as cinematic trailers go, this one is epic, rivaling the best trailers from Battlefield’s past—including the much-beloved Battlefield 1 trailer—and dialing the hype up to 11.
The leaks, it turns out, were right on the money. The game takes place 100 years before the events of 2004’s Battlefield 2042 and just 21 years into the future from now. The trailer shows a world wracked by climate change, with a full-blown climate apocalypse in sway and the nations of the world fighting over the scraps. One tornado scene in particular is jaw-dropping.
There’s also an epic moment where a pilot pulls off the infamous Rendezook move, leaping from his jet to take out an enemy craft with a rocket launcher and then landing back in the cockpit. This is an actual move players have pulled off in Battlefield 3 and 4 so it’s both hilarious and awesome to see it in this trailer.
As you can see, there’s a ton going on here with many different environments from frozen wastes to crowded urban areas. While this is a cinematic trailer rather than gameplay, it does give you a sense of scope and just how big and diverse the game’s maps will be.
It’s important to note here that Battlefield 2042 ditches even a pretense at a single-player campaign, opting for a games-as-service style narrative to embellish multiplayer which will continue to evolve after launch. I imagine this as something similar to what we see in games like Warzone or Fortnite. Both those titles are multiplayer only and still manage to tell an ongoing story as each season comes out—a coherent and easy-to-follow story in the case of Warzone; a bizarre and mostly nonsensical story in the case of Fortnite.
In any case, no campaign mode is going to make marketing this one a bit more challenging. Despite not being the focus of the series, campaigns do provide games with structure and appeal that multiplayer only games lack. Call of Duty’s own foray into this idea with Black Ops IV proved a mistake. Then again, the last couple Battlefield games had pretty lackluster campaigns, so maybe this is all for the best.
A gameplay reveal will take place on June 13th during the Microsoft E3 Showcase livestream, so stay tuned for that. You can see the full schedule of E3 pressers right here.
Battlefield 2022 will feature 128 player conflicts on PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X and 64 player battles on PS4 and Xbox One. The game charges into battle on October 22nd, 2021.
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