Battlefield 2042 Nixes Single-Player For “Evolving” Multiplayer Story
At long last, Battlefield 2042 is finally revealed as the latest franchise entry from developer DICE. The new announcement trailer has offered no shortage of incredible thrills and Electronic Arts has scheduled a reveal event next week to further flesh out the anticipated shooter title. Until then, the publisher has put out a number of initial details, including what fans can expect for the single-player mode, or in this case, a lack thereof.
As detailed on the official EA website, Battlefield 2042 is set to ditch the traditional solo campaign for a more live-service multiplayer approach to the franchise. Following launch, developers are set to begin “evolving” the game’s world and “expanding on the fiction” through regular seasons, with free updates and tiered battle passes delivering a new round of content “about” every three months. In all, the first year of Battlefield 2042 is to introduce a set of four seasons, battle passes, and specialists, in addition to “more fresh content” to be revealed at a later date.
“We’re taking a new approach to live service for a Battlefield game where players will be given the services and evolution they have come to expect from modern multiplayer games, all aimed at keeping the community playing together for years to come.”
While focusing on multiplayer is nothing new for Battlefield, 2042 marks the first game to completely do away with single-player since the series’ first installment, Battlefield 1942. That being said, outside of narrative experiences like the Bad Company spin-offs, stories have nearly always taken a backseat to the online side of things, with Battlefield 2042 further streamlining that idea with a multiplayer-driven narrative. As this marks a very definitive first, it’ll be interesting to see how the game fares when it eventually launches this October.
Battlefield 2042 releases for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S on October 22nd.
What do you think? Are you glad Battlefield 2042 is going all-in on multiplayer, or would you have enjoyed a more traditional take on a story instead? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter and Facebook to be informed of the latest gaming and entertainment news 24 hours a day! For more story-adjacent headlines recently featured on DFTG, check out these next few news stories:
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