We sit down with Ripple Effect
to talk about Battlefield Portal
, the newly announced mode in Battlefield 2042
that brings classic maps, modes, and factions from Battlefield 1942, Bad Company 2, and Battlefield 3 and will let players create their own slice of Battlefield.
“It’s much more than just a re-imagining,” Rob Donovan, Senior Game Designer at Ripple Effect tells me. We’re discussing Battlefield Portal, the new community-driven mode for the upcoming near-future Battlefield 2042. A mode that will for the first time allow players to edit, customise, modify, and create their own experiences using powerful tools.
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At its core though, lies a celebration of the franchise’s past. Just one look at Battlefield Portal’s description and for many out there, you might not need to read any further than hearing about how it features classic maps, modes, weapons, vehicles, and factions from Battlefield 1942, Bad Company 2, and Battlefield 3. All in one place, and with the features and maps and Specialists from 2042’s All-Out Warfare to boot.
“We have a lot of developers at the studio that have worked on past Battlefield games,” Rob Donovan says. “So, yeah, the team wanted to reimagine some of those classic maps. But we also wanted to combine it with what 2042’s All-Out Warfare was doing. The team at DICE in Stockholm worked with us early on and we were among the first people to know that 128-player, giant spaces were going to be available.”
And with that the team took that All-Out concept and ran with it, not only in the sense of updating classic maps and locations with a fresh coat of paint and supporting the new player-count, but leaning into the very idea of Battlefield as a sandbox.