DICE today confirmed that Battlefield 2042 will be a multiplayer-only title.
Battlefield 2042 is jettisoning a feature that has been in Battlefield titles since 2008s Battlefield: Bad Company. The game will not have a single player campaign, a return to the franchise’s roots. Prior to Bad Company, Battlefield games focused solely on the multiplayer component. Instead, for Battlefield 2042, the game’s narrative will be woven into the multiplayer and through additional seasons.
“If you look at the DNA of the studio, what we’ve been doing for so long, we just said you know what, we’re not going to have a traditional single-player campaign this time around, but we’re going to put all that emphasis and all those resources into building depth into the multiplayer,” design director Daniel Berlin told Eurogamer. “Because that is what we do best.”
In addition to the lack of a single player campaign, Battlefield 2042 won’t feature a battle royale mode. The lack of a battle royale isn’t that big of a loss after the disappointing Firestorm. A new big-game multiplayer mode is in the works and will be revealed closer to launch.
Battlefield 2042 launches October 22 on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC, PS4, and Xbox One. EA has confirmed that the PS4, Xbox One, and PC will cost $59.99. Unfortunately, the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S versions will cost $69.99 with no announced way to upgrade from last-gen to next-gen.