With its modern setting and overhauled Frostbite engine, Battlefield 2042
is not only the latest entry in the series - it’s aiming to push the sandbox into new and exciting territory. We sat down With DICE to talk about all of this and more.
Our Full Battlefield 2042 Interview
In The Year 2042…
Climate change, catastrophic weather events, disparity, a growing refugee crisis, technological advances, stateless players making a difference, the usual global superpowers showing up. Battlefield 2042 not only presents the world on the brink, but in the midst of a global conflict that sees the United States and Russia dragging everyone else into the solar-powered fray. With its near future setting that feels as grounded and exaggerated as anything in the series to date -- Battlefield 2042’s all-out-war doubles as a reference to both its scale as a multiplayer shooter, and the conflict it depicts.
“As we moved into developing this new Battlefield we wanted to make a leap,” Daniel says. “And with that we brought forward a bunch of different concepts, there were at least 12 different ideas. But, when we saw this one, the modern setting, we knew it was right. It enables us to do all of the things we want to do, we love to do. We really wanted to push the scale this time around, and we wanted to lean into cutting edge technology.”
“The essence of Battlefield is the sandbox and we wanted to fill the sandbox with new ideas and give players more creativity,” Daniel adds. “Moving into this modern setting and space really does enable us to do so much more. It unshackles us in that we’re not bound by grounding everything in historical accuracy.”