After weeks of leaks and rumors, Electronic Arts finally unveiled “Battlefield 2042,” the next entry in its military shooter series. Unlike previous chapters, this game is set in the near future and takes players to a world reeling from the impact of climate change.
It presents players with a dire vision, in which environmental catastrophes have led to the greatest refugee crisis in human history. Nations have collapsed and it creates a new demographic called the Non-Patriated. These No-Pats as they call themselves don’t have allegiance to any state because they were abandoned. If this were the Marvel Cinematic Universe, these would be comparable to the Flag Smashers.
Both the No-Pats and the Flag Smashers emerge from global crises, and deal with people displaced because of catastrophes. The “Battlefield 2042” situation is one that hits close to home while the MCU one is about Thanos blipping out half of existence for five years and the problem the world faces when those people are brought back. It creates refugees who are distrustful about governments after being dislodged from their lives.
The No-Pats also gives DICE an amorphous army that they can use for storytelling. In “Battlefield 2042,” the No-Pats come from all walks of life and the ones with military experience create their own Task Forces that work with U.S. and Russia. They’re engaged in a type of futuristic proxy war between the two superpowers.
That’s the frame of “Battlefield 2042.” The details will be filled in by players as this installment goes back to the franchise’s sandbox roots. The game is focused on multiplayer with no single-player campaign. The stories about this conflict will be told through emergent gameplay. That’s what EA is emphasizing with the debut trailer that takes players through some of the game’s seven maps.
Breakaway is a map that takes place in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica, and features fuel tanks that can alter the environment. (Electronic Arts)
LET’S GO TO ANTARCTICA
It starts off with Breakaway in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. Climate change has opened up the area to oil extraction. It’s less snowy and according to the Battlefield 1942 website, players can “take advantage of destructible fuel tanks and silos that create debris fields and permanent fires when destroyed.” This part also shows off the wingsuit.
The next locale is called Kaleidoscope in Songdo, South Korea, and the combat here focuses on the battle atop skyscrapers and plazas. It also shows off Ranger, a robotic dog. It’s uncertain whether you can pet it. The third location is Discarded in Alang, India, and it focuses on colossal cargo ships that have become stranded on the disappearing shoreline. This is a map that will have storms. It also shows the possibility of altering the battlefield by ripping apart pieces of the container ships.
The fourth map is called Manifest and takes players to Brani Island in Singapore. EA says it’s a mazelike environment of containerships with the potential of tornadoes touching down in the area. I suspect that such an event will rearrange the battlefield. …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment