E3 2021: Battlefield 2042 reveal depicts a new Cold War, robot dogs too

Battlefield 2042 reveal

The Battlefield 2042 reveal is here at last. The game becomes the latest instalment in the long-running series of military shooters by Swedish developer DICE.

The game, set in the near future, depicts a new cold war between the US and Russia.

From details made available prior to the Battlefield 2042 reveal, the game boasts 7 maps with support for up to 128 players. Two of the maps are confirmed to be set in Egypt and Seoul. DICE didn’t have anything to say about how the PS4 and Xbox One will fare with player counts that high.

Battlefield 2042 will also introduce Specialist classes, similar to Rainbow Six Siege and modern Call of Duty titles. Specialists are exactly what they sound like, individualised classes with unique abilities and traits. How these will play into overall gameplay remains to be seen.

A gameplay trailer will arrive on June 13, this coming Sunday. Keep an eye on the official Battlefield YouTube channel for that.

As it turned out, the Battlefield 2042 reveal live stream did not get off to a great start. The 350,000 strong YouTube audience that had gathered to watch the stream assumed the trailer would start at the advertised time of 12am AEST (and coincident times around the world). Though the live stream sprang to life at 12am, it displayed a countdown for 1am AEST, an hour later. “Stick around at the end of the livestream and you’ll be automatically redirected to the trailer premiere,” reads the video description, obliquely.

Many Aussie gamers of the night on Twitter gave up and went to bed at that point. We can’t really blame them.

Battlefield 2042 will launch October 15, 2021 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Windows PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

David Smith

David Smith is the former games and technology editor at The AU Review. He has previously written for PC World Australia. You can find him on Twitter at @RhunWords.

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