Battlefield 2042 Is Fully Multiplayer, Trailer And October Release Date Revealed

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Battlefield is going fully multiplayer with the next installment of DICE’s first-person shooter franchise, and it’s also getting bigger on current-generation consoles and PCs. The developer gave the first look at Battlefield 2042, what players were previously calling Battlefield 6, with a new reveal trailer, which depicts a global setting, a whole mess of vehicles, and huge battles where chaos reigns. The game is set to release on October 22.

Check out the trailer above, which zeroes in on Battlefield’s near-future setting and a whole lot of the gadgets that’ll be at your disposal in the game. First and foremost is a wingsuit, but as the trailer goes on, we quickly get a look at helicopters, fighter jets, robotic dogs, and more.

DICE gave GameSpot an early look at Battlefield 2042 that provided a huge amount of information about the game. For instance, we know this new Battlefield will be multiplayer-only, and that on PlayStation 5, PC, and Xbox Series X|S, it’s going to feature engagements that support as many as 128 players per match–twice what’s possible on PS4 and Xbox One.

The game is set in the near future, as the title suggests, after climate disasters have destroyed dozens of nations. That’s caused a huge influx of soldiers without countries, who are pulled into a worldwide conflict between the US and Russia. We also got a look at a few of Battlefield 2042’s maps, which center on conflicts in Dubai, India, Egypt, South Korea, and Antarctica, to name a few. You can get a glimpse of some of these maps in the trailer, including the ice fields of Antarctica, a rocket launch facility in French Guiana, and a shifting shipping yard in Singapore.

In addition to bigger maps, bigger matches, and more vehicles, Battlefield 2042 will also have extreme weather events that can change the tenor of a battle, or even through matches into total chaos. The end of the trailer shows one of those storms–a huge tornado that picks up and throws objects, vehicles, and players. DICE says that with Battlefield 2042, it’s looking to create more “Battlefield moments” like a classic one depicted in the trailer, in which a fighter jet pilot leaps out of the cockpit to finish a dogfight with a rocket launcher. With “levolution” changes on maps, big player counts, and storms like the tornado, it looks like there should be plenty of possibilities.

Check out our full coverage of DICE’s rundown on Battlefield 2042, and don’t miss our trailer breakdown video that points out everything you might have missed in the reveal trailer. Battlefield 2042 is slated to release on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC on October 22.

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