What you need to know
- Battlefield 2042 is the next entry in the chaotic multiplayer first-person shooter franchise, and it looks more intense than ever.
- The game is multiplayer-only, meaning it will not feature a traditional single-player campaign or story mode.
- In the absence of a campaign, Battlefield 2042 is building its war-torn world with new short film story trailers.
- The first of its kind, "Exodus," features Battlefield 4 character "Irish" returning, who is forced to face a challenging decision.
One of the most anticipated games of the year is Battlefield 2042, the chaotic and action-packed follow-up to the long-running multiplayer shooter Battlefield franchise. When Battlefield 2042 arrives later this year, it stands a good chance at becoming one of the best Xbox games, but it'll do so bereft of any kind of traditional single-player campaign, despite taking place in a storied and detail-filled near-future world.
Similar to some other multiplayer-only games like Apex Legends and Overwatch, Battlefield 2042 is letting its players get a glimpse into the war-torn world through new short film story trailers. You can watch the first trailer, Exodus, below.
The latest story trailer explores a slice of Exodus' life, which is actually Kimble "Irish" Graves from Battlefield 4, but with a new moniker and a new challenge to overcome. Exodus is faced with an impossible decision: between the lives of 200 innocent people, or the future of all the Non-Patriated that suffer from the consequences of 2042's violence-riddled world. The story trailer looks great, and may scratch the itch for some players hoping for a single-player campaign.
If you want a chance to play Battlefield 2042 early, be sure to read up on the Battlefield 2042 beta. Finally, in case you missed it, some raw gameplay of Battlefield 2042's first closed technical preview was leaked, giving players another look at what to expect from the multiplayer shooter.
Battlefield goes back to the future
Battlefield 2042 debuts Electronic Arts' next-generation vision for the military shooter, supporting up to 128 players, the largest-ever maps, and is shaping up as its most ambitious entry to date.
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