Battlefield 2042. It's bound to be pretty huge and we can't wait to dive into the new maps. This being said, there's still so much we don't actually know about the game. Here's everything we've learned so far and what we can expect to see later this year.
LATEST - BattleField Portal Revealed at EA Play Live
A new mode was announced for Battlefield 2042, entitled Battlefield Portal. It's all about community engagement focusing on player-made maps, modes and all sorts.
In the trailer, it showed off huge hurricanes, some WW2 style soldiers and gear and the strange mix that comes with this all. It will be coming to the game at release.
No Ray-Tracing? What About DLSS Support?
A recent press release from Nvidia has announced that Battlefield 6, officially known as Battlefield 2042, is being built to make the most of the GeForce 20 and GeForce 30 series GPUs. This includes DLSS support and Reflex features.
There was one feature missing, though, from discussions regarding Battlefield 6's graphical performance: Ray-Tracing.
In fact, as Gamespot reports, Nvidia only mentioned Ray-tracing in regards to DOOM Eternal, which just received an update to support both DLSS features and Ray-Tracing.
We saw a little more about the game at this year's EA Play Live.
New Name and Release Date Revealed
In a short reveal, we got given all-new details on the latest Battlefield title. It's called Battlefield 2042 and will come out later this year
It features explosive futuristic combat set in the year 2042. With this near future setting, the game will be grounded enough to be visceral whilst giving just enough gadgets to entertain. This almost future setting will feel fresh for the series.
Battlefield 2042 is slated for release on October 22 on PS4 and PS5 this year
In an earnings call back in November 2020, we learnt that it was slated for a "Holiday 2021" release and these plans don't seem to have changed.
If we look at the fact that got the reveal now and will receive the full gameplay reveal soon, then Holiday 2021 seems right on schedule.
In addition to this, EA paused development on the next Need for Speed title to put more focus from its' developers on finishing Battlefield 2042. This would suggest that they're pushing for that "Holiday 2021" release, as opposed to delaying the project.
Unfortunately, in an interview with VG247, it was confirmed there would be no single player this time around, likely so they can focus on the multiplayer even more.
The Tech Teaser we got during EA Play 2020 doesn't reveal anything, but it does showcase how good Battlefield 6 could be and how it plans to evolve the franchise.
If you cut to around 00:55, then to the 01:47 mark, in the video below, you'll see what we've got so far:
The Tech Teaser for "Next Gen" does show Battlefield soldiers running with M1 Garand Rifles, which would suggest the WW2-era could be returning, but we know now that this is just for the demonstration.
A lot of the time, Tech Demo content is made specifically for that purpose and it rarely evolves into anything significant.
Much like the Single-Player Campaign, any details on Battlefield 2042 in regards to the Multiplayer experience are sparse.
This being said, the recent reveal shows some explosive combat with drones and high tech equipment, feeling much more in-line with the likes of Battlefield 3 and 4.
In an effort to avoid overloading you with information, we're going to list a few of the key leaks and rumours regarding everything else to do with Battlefield 6.
- Battlefield 2042 could launch alongside free-to-play Battle Royale (Tom Henderson)
- Technical advancements of new consoles are integral to the development of the game (bravoINTEL)
- Battlefield 2042 could just be called Battlefield in series rebranding (CharlieIntel)
- Battlelog is looking like it could make a return as it's recently become active again on Twitter (Battlelog)
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