Battlefield 2042 Started as a Battle Royale Title – Rumor

Battlefield 2042

Following the end of the open beta and reports of troubled development, DICE’s Battlefield 2042 has attracted its fair share of criticism. Even those unaware of how old the beta was are still trying to wrap their heads around many of the changes made, like the removal of Classes and addition of Specialists. Insider Tom Henderson offered some additional information on why this might be – it’s because the game started out as a battle royale title.

On Twitter, Henderson noted that, “The theory that #Battlefield2042 started as a Battle Royale is true, although I’m not sure how far in development it was changed to a more ‘traditional’ Battlefield. The inspiration from Call of Duty was there, but Apex [Legends] was a BIG inspiration.” Considering the 128 player count, abilities like grappling hooks and each Specialist having their own backstories, it does start to make a bit more sense.

Of course, even if this is true, when it changed direction is ultimately unknown (plus the Specialists were reportedly inspired by Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s Operators). Henderson notes that it’s “A pretty bold statement to claim – But evidence can be provided if you’re a journalist that covers this type of info.” Time will tell if such evidence comes to light so take this with a grain of salt for now.

In the meantime, Battlefield 2042 is still on track to release on November 19th. It will be available for Xbox One, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC. Stay tuned for more details in the coming months.


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