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After a few months of uncertainty about exactly how "next-gen" Battlefield 2042 would be, we've now learned that the game will indeed span generations. EA and DICE's upcoming shooter will launch October 22 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Naturally this has left fans with a few key questions. Specifically, what will PS5 and Xbox Series owners get out of paying £10 more for Battlefield 2042? As it turns out, there'll be one or two fairly major advantages.
Take a look at the reveal trailer for Battlefield 2042 below!
DICE and EA have now confirmed that they were able to get Battlefield 2042 onto last-gen hardware with a few key concessions. Specifically, these versions of the game will feature half the number of players across a series of smaller maps. PS4/Xbox One will support 64 players per game, while PS5/Xbox Series/PC will be able to offer 128-player carnage.
It's currently unclear exactly how much smaller maps will be on last-gen versions. All EA is saying right now is "reduced", which is pretty vague. Still, it's good to know that PS4 and Xbox One owners are still going to able to play Battlefield 2042, while PS5 and Xbox Series players are safe in the knowledge that they're getting the kind of next-gen experience they paid for.
We also learned recently that Battlefield 2042 won't have a single-player campaign or battle royale mode. To be clear, this is the case for all versions of the game.
"If you look at the DNA of the studio, what we've been doing for so long, we just said you know what, we're not going to have a traditional single-player campaign this time around, but we're going to put all that emphasis and all those resources into building depth into the multiplayer. Because that is what we do best," DICE told Eurogamer of its decision to focus on the core multiplayer.
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