Will Battlefield 2042 Provide a Much Needed Respite From the ‘Overdone’ Battle Royale Genre?

Published 07/06/2021, 10:45 AM EDT


We are just three and a half months away from the release of Battlefield 2042. The latest iteration of the popular DICE franchise was revealed last month with one of the best looking trailers of all time. The developers dropped the jaws of everyone with a trailer that confirmed every fan’s suspicions about the game being bonkers. It included explosive action, exhilarating fights and moments that can only be achieved on a Battlefield title.

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Battlefield 2042 will include everything cool and amazing about a modern FPS title. But, the game won’t include the genre’s most popular mode in Battle Royale. While other FPS franchises have made a killing out of this mode, DICE won’t implement it on Battlefield 2042. Many fans have applauded their decision to not move away from its roots and stick to what made this series so good. But did the developers make the right choice by not adding Battle Royale?

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The different Battlefield 2042 modes

Following the release of the reveal and the gameplay trailer, the developers at DICE mentioned the three modes that will arrive in Battlefield 2042. The three modes include All-Out Warfare, Hazard Zone and an unnamed experience that will probably be talked about during the upcoming EA Play event on July 22.

All-Out Warfare will include the franchise’s iconic modes such as Conquest and Breakthrough. In Conquest, 128 players will battle it out in a massive sandbox map. The map will include large-scale clusters, with each sector providing unique experiences. Along with that, in Breakthrough, a team of Attackers will have to capture different sectors to reach the final objective. At the same time, the Defenders have to stop them from capturing it so they won’t reach the finishing point.

The developers have revealed little about Hazard Zone, other than the fact that it will be a squad based experience. Additionally, fans have little to no idea about the third mode which has been redacted by DICE for now.

DICE’s first attempt at Battle Royale

DICE had already experimented with the Battle Royale genre in Battlefield V. The game had a mode for it called Firestorm. It received a lot of negative reactions from fans and critics, as it moved away from the game’s core features. It didn’t have the massive explosions, or the hair-raising experience that the other modes of the series provided.

Firestorm never integrated the fast-paced high octane action that the franchise is known for. Most of the time, players roam around looting instead of going all in on fights. Fanatics of the series thought the mode took a step in the wrong direction, and because of it, Battlefield V never really gained the success of its predecessors.

Why did Call of Duty Warzone and Fortnite succeed massively?

In the world of Battle Royale, nothing comes close to the experience provided by Call of Duty Warzone and Fortnite. Call of Duty made a game-changing decision of introducing Battle Royale with Blackout. The mode received mixed reactions. But the developers upped the stakes with Warzone when it arrived with Modern Warfare. It was a massive gamble, but in the end it paid off.

Along with that. Fortnite also changed the course of gaming when it implemented its version of Battle Royale. With revolutionary elements like the Battle Pass and building, it seems like Epic Games have done a fantastic job at creating one of the most exciting IPs in gaming currently.

Should Battlefield 2042 follow the footsteps of Call of Duty and Fortnite?

DICE can also take a second chance with Battle Royale by brining it to Battlefield 2042 following the failure of Firestorm. But the mechanics and the experience differ drastically from the franchise’s classic game modes. In Warzone, Verdansk feels like a Call of Duty game at a larger scale, so it helps set the scene for players who enjoy the experience found in multiplayer and zombies titles like Black Ops Cold War.

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In Fortnite, the game has multiple elements that also differ from Battlefield. The IP’s primary focus is on Battle Royale, as it doesn’t have a multiplayer or zombies mode like Call of Duty. Similarly, it’s not an action-packed experience compared to the explosive Battlefield saga. In the end, it would be pointless to fit Battlefield 2042 into the mold of Fortnite or Call of Duty Warzone.

It’s very likely that the squad based experience of Hazard Zone will be the Battlefield 2042 substituent to Battle Royale. The community has split opinions about Battle Royale in the franchise. In the end, it remains to be seen if DICE will ever work on one for Battlefield 2042. But if they don’t, then the die-hard fans of the series won’t mind playing Conquest, Breakthrough or Hazard Zone.

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Rupesh Nair

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Rupesh is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. Currently a student at Mumbai University, he has been involved with eSports since his childhood. Having played titles like Fallout 4, Minecraft, FIFA, Portal 2 and Halo 4 extensively, Rupesh has a deep understanding of the sport.

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