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Battlefield 2042 Has No Campaign and No Battle Royale Mode

Battlefield 2042 Has No Campaign and No Battle Royale Mode - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 July 2021 / 1,595 Views

Electronic Arts today announced Battlefield 2042 with a reveal trailer that featured game engine footage. The gameplay reveal is set for Sunday, June 13. 

Electronic Arts has confirmed to Eurogamer the shooter will not have a single-player campaign and has no plans for a battle royale mode. 

"I think that's just something that enables us to really lean into what we are best at," said Battlefield 2042 design director Daniel Berlin.

"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. Because that is what we do best."

Berlin added the game does have a narrative that will be seen through the eyes of the specialists. 

"2042 is not a game without narrative," said Berlin. "You still have a narrative driven world, that's something that you will see through the eyes of the specialists that we're introducing. As we go through the live service, and the seasons, we'll introduce new specialists, and you'll see how the world evolves through the eyes of the specialists that we have."

Berlin added, "Battle royale is definitely something that is exceptionally popular right now. We don't have any battle royale plan at this point, but we do have other experiences within the game that we can't talk about which we are super excited for."

Battlefield 2042 will support up to 128 players in multiplayer matches on the Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, and PC, while it is capped at 64 players and smaller map sizes on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

"Our focus right now is to get 2042 out and make sure that it's the best it can possibly be," said Berlin. "I think we do provide a multiplayer experience that no-one else really does with the cutting edge technology and all the modern hardware to vehicles, to specialists and the dynamic world.

"In regards to free-to-play, I mean, we've done this in the past, we've got Battlefield Heroes, we had Battlefield Play for Free as well - so we've dipped our toe into this space. And it's exciting for us to see what the future holds here. But we don't have anything particularly to announce today - our focus right now is to make sure that 2042 comes together and really is the best game it can possibly be."

Battlefield 2042 will launch for the Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam, Epic Games Store, and Origin on October 22.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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11 Comments
Darwinianevolution (on 09 June 2021)

So it'll be just multiplayer-only? Assuming they are keeping it as a full-price release, that's taking quite a lot of features and content in exchange for nothing.

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Salnax Darwinianevolution (on 09 June 2021)

They probably saw Black Ops 4's $100 price including the Season Pass and decided to follow suit.

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Signalstar (on 09 June 2021)

$70, multiplayer only + a bunch of add ons and season passes? No thanks

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Pemalite (on 09 June 2021)

Sad day with no Campaign. Closes wallet

Actually enjoyed the campaigns in Battlefield 3/4 and 1. - Been meaning to give Battlefield 5's campaign a run at some point.

Campaigns are what gets me to buy the latest Call of Duty/Battlefield, I want something full of impressive set pieces, explosions to forget my day... But that's just me I guess.

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Mr Puggsly Pemalite (on 10 June 2021)

I played the campaigns of 3, 4 and 1. In comparison, 1 did not really have a campaign. More like open areas with objectives, waves of enemies and narrative. I think 5 did the same thing.

Disappointed because I thought they would do something more ambitious, not just give up.

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Pemalite Mr Puggsly (on 10 June 2021)

Battlefield 1 was small story-missions. Just little campaign snippets of the war. Absolutely loved it.

But we know Dice can make an amazing Campaign with memorable characters, humor that will leave a lasting impression and a great story... Aka. Bad Company 1+2.

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TallSilhouette (on 09 June 2021)

Going back to what they're best at.

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Ka-pi96 (on 10 June 2021)

Seriously? I was interested when I saw 2042 pop-up. A semi-futuristic Battlefield would've been cool. But I'm not really interested in online multiplayer and there's basically no chance it'll have bots for offline play (although without a campaign that alone still wouldn't be enough) so yeah, this is a hard pass for me now.

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WolfpackN64 (on 09 June 2021)

I just hope they get around making a Bad Company 3. BC2 had a great campaign.

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EnricoPallazzo (on 10 June 2021)

I am ok with that as long as the multiplayer is really good and not BFV. Having the campaign is nice but I prefer all the money and time invested in the multiplayer.

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gtotheunit91 (on 09 June 2021)

Wow, that's really surprising there won't be a BR mode as you would think EA would go all in on BR. Then again, that would cannibalize their other BR in Apex Legends. I'm all for it though! After the BOMB that was Battlefield V, they know they had to go all in at what Battlefield is best at.

Regarding the campaign, I'm not all that disappointed as the franchise has never been known for their single player lol

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