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Watch the trailer for Battlefield 2042: 128 player battles, tornadoes and it will be awesome!

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The next battlefield is coming this fall and promises a lot of chaos. At an event today, EA unveiled Battlefield 2042, the next bet in the long-running Dice series, for Xbox One, X Series, PS4, PS5 and PC via Origin, Steam and the Epic Game Store. Among other changes to the formula, the game will feature new tornadoes that move across the map, overalls for players to fly and weapons that can be instantly customized.

Despite being a series known mainly for action scenarios, wants to show what could be the near future. EA explains what the world is like in the new game.

In Battlefield 2042, the world is on the verge of shortages of food, energy and clean water, which has led to dozens of nations failing, creating the biggest refugee crisis in human history. Among these returnees, or non-patriates, are families, farmers, engineers – and even soldiers. In the midst of this crisis, the United States and Russia lead the world into an all-out war. Experts join both sides, not fighting for a flag, but for the future of the Unpatriotic in this new world. Here’s the amazing trailer with almost five minutes.

The new maps of 2042 reflect this bleak setting. They include a map set in Antarctica where players fight for oil, a version of Doha beset by sandstorms like something from Mad Max, a dry seabed in India littered with the remains of stranded ships, and a gleaming South Korean metropolis where has to take control of “a quantum energy disinformation center.” Dynamic events seem to be a big focus; one of the trailer’s maps takes place in the middle of a rocket that is preparing to be launched into space.

Dice says the maps were built with state-of-the-art hardware in mind, and the biggest change seems to be the number of players. In main mode, “total war” matches will feature 128 players if you are on PC, PS5 or Xbox Series X. For older consoles, this number will decrease to a default of 64.

Outside of that mode, 2042 will also have a squad-based mode called the “danger zone” (which, Dice emphasizes, will not be a real battle), as well as a third multiplayer mode, yet to be announced. The game won’t feature a traditional single-player campaign, so it’s completely online and will certainly leave some bleak fans yearning for a new story.

When 2042 is released later this year, EA says it will act as a live service game, with seasonal battle passes – free and paid – that “will push the narrative of the world forward” as well as add new features .

Battlefield 2042 will be released on October 22, and a mobile version is expected, which is still in development. On June 13th, EA will be showcasing the gameplay, so watch out.

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