Battlefield 2042 announced as fully multiplayer, beta soon

Battlefield 2042 announced this evening

Battlefield 2042 announced itself this evening with a five minute reveal trailer. The sixth mainline installment in EA DICE’s first-person shooter franchise is going fully multiplayer and as always, the promise of going bigger on current-generation consoles and PCs. The game will depict a global near-future setting, packed with huge chaotic battles. The game is set for release on October 22.

The trailer is pretty bog standard stuff as far as things like this go. Action bordering on Bayhem, and a whole lot of vehicles like fighter jets and helicopters and high-tech stuff like wingsuits and robot dogs. According to multiple outlets such as Destructoid and Gamespot, the game will feature as many as 128 players per match on Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5.

As the title suggests, the game is set in the near future after climate change has upset the world order. “Soldiers are without countries” are pulled into a global conflict where dynamic storms and environmental hazards make combat zones more perilous. EA DICE says that these effects will enable “Battlefield’s signature destruction” to create a new kind of “Only in Battlefield moments.” You can get a glimpse of some of these scenarios in the trailer, including the ice fields of Antarctica, sandstorms and cyclones in Dubai, and a shifting shipping yard in Singapore.

DICE also revealed its plans for a beta test and a separate tech test for Battlefield 2042. The open beta will be released “in the months leading up to launch,” and those who pre-order the game will get early access to it. The technical playtest will happen before that, in July. GameSpot notes that instead of some sort of closed alpha, it’ll be “done in a closed setting where we’ll be using a grey box environment,” with strong NDAs in place.

DICE says they’re taking a new approach to the game, with the aim of keeping the community together “for years to come,” which is in keeping with past efforts to unify the community with multiple Battlefield games as a single experience hub. The game will not release with a traditional single-player campaign, but DICE says they will deliver new storytelling elements on a seasonal timetable.

In previously related news, former Call of Duty general manager Byron Beede was appointed by EA to be the new boss for the Battlefield franchise. EA said the hire “signals a strategic, long-term commitment to the growth of the franchise.”

Once again, Battlefield 2042 is set for release on October 22. It will be available on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC, as well as PlayStation devices.