Publisher: Electronic Arts
Modes: Single-player video game, Multiplayer video game
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Classic Mac OS
Nominations: VGX Award for Best PC Game
Battlefield 2042 is being built for PlayStation 5, Windows PC, and Xbox Series X, the platforms that will support those 128 player counts. (Last-gen consoles will max out at 64 players.) The focus is on multiplayer; there’s no traditional single-player campaign this time, DICE general manager Oskar Gabrielson confirmed in a preview of the game last week. Instead, DICE will deliver its narrative over time through Battlefield 2042’s live service and seasonal content.
The world of Battlefield 2042 is grim. Rising sea levels, environmental collapse, and economic turmoil have shattered nations and scattered their armies. Non-patriated soldiers, “No-Pats” in Battlefield’s marketing and narrative, fight not for country, but for the salvation of the planet and self-preservation. The battles of Battlefield 2042 span the globe: South Korea, India, Singapore, Qatar, Antarctica. Every battle is a fight for territory, for resources, or for technology.