With the latest addition to the Battlefield franchise, Dice is taking a more multiplayer live service approach.
Since the franchise was founded in 2002, it will be the first time that a mainline Battlefield game will launch without a campaign mode. The game also introduces live service-focused features, such as the regular season and season passes.
Battlefield 2042 will not have a campaign
Since the very first Battlefield game in 1942, the campaign has been an integral part of the Battlefield experience. While Battlefield has always been a multiplayer oriented series, from Bad Company Duology to Battlefield 1, the series has delivered some really good single player story experiences.
In recent years, Battle Royal games have really grown in popularity as one of the most played multiplayer genres. Games like Apex Legends and Fortnite attract thousands of simultaneous players. Battlefield’s main competitor Call of Duty Warzone is one of the most played Battle Royal games.
Given that Battlefield V included a Battle Royal mode in the form of a firestorm, fans were hoping that Battlefield 2042 will also include a Battle Royal mode. However, after launch it was confirmed that Battlefield 2042 will not include a Battle Royal mode along with a traditional campaign.
In an exclusive interview with Eurogamer, said Battlefield 2042 Design Director Daniel Berlin about the lack of a traditional campaign:
If you look at the studio’s DNA, which 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 resources in the depth of the multiplayer. Because that’s what we can do best.
While fans are a bit disappointed due to the lack of a campaign or a Battle Royal mode, the developer’s focus on the multiplayer modes is a really good sign. At long last, Multiplayer is where the Battlefield franchise shines.
Season Pass and Live Service Focus in Battlefield 2042
Battlefield 2042 is moving the series towards a live service model, while a new Season Pass is released every 3 months, which includes both paid and free tiers. Season passes, or better known as Battle Pass, have been an integral part of many current video games such as Fortnite and Valorant. It periodically brings new content that players can earn by playing the game.
However, fans are a little concerned about the Season Pass monetization. While Season Passes are a great option for free-to-play games because they help developers while delivering good content, a paid Season Pass in a full-price game like Battlefield 2042 seems like a greedy move that EA is notorious for.
It should be noted, however, that there is still much information to be disclosed regarding Battlefield 2042, which will be revealed on June 13, 2021.