EA hasn’t given up on Battlefield 2042 yet. Nevertheless, the next part of the series should already be in development. We already know a surprising amount about Battlefield 7. For example, that the story could play a more important role again and that there is almost certainly a single-player campaign. We provide you with all the information.
What’s next for Battlefield 2042? According to insiders, hardly anyone is currently working on DICE’s current shooter. EA vehemently disagrees. Instead, the new head of Battlefield Studios, Rebecka Coutaz, now wants to save Battlefield 2042. You can find out more about this here:
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To save Battlefield 2042, Dice is now pulling the emergency brake
Next Battlefield again with story campaign?
Back to Battlefield 7: The fact that the next part of the shooter series will again have a single-player campaign is evident official EA job posting out. Accordingly, a design director is currently being sought who
the very core of the Battlefield franchise understands and on all levels in one
masterfully designed single player campaign interwoven.
That means we can always count on a story campaign in Battlefield 7. Incidentally, the position described is not for fresh meat, but for a veteran of the gaming industry. He will then probably work directly with Marcus Lehto, who was involved in the creation of Halo, among other things. Lehto joined EA in 2021 to explicitly expand Battlefield’s narrative facets.
You can find out what the story of Battlefield 2042 looks like in the following short film, for example:
Battlefield 2042 – Short film Exodus gives insights into the history of the game
Battlefield 2042 completely dispensed with a single-player campaign, but instead came with a relatively detailed background story. The playable Specialists also have rudimentary personalities. Elena already addressed the fact that the story concept of Battlefield 2042 never really took off at the end of last year in her column on the subject:
Battlefield 2042 has a huge story problem
Incidentally, Battlefield 1 and 5 also did not have a single-player campaign – at least in the classic sense. Because instead of a coherent story, we experienced so-called war stories that happily changed main characters, settings and so on. But this concept didn’t really work out either. Phil explains why in his single-player test of Battlefield 5:
Why the exciting story goes down so mercilessly
It might not do any harm if DICE tried a classic single-player campaign again. What that will look like and what exactly it is about cannot of course be said at the moment. Thanks to insiders, we at least already know in which direction the next Battlefield after 2042 could go.
What we know about Battlefield 7 so far
The next Battlefield is said to have already received the green light from EA and
important lessons learned from 2042, which failed mercilessly with fans. According to insiders such as the usually well-informed Tom Henderson, Battlefield 7 could be released in 2024 and again use a Modern Military scenario.
By the way, the upcoming Battlefield should do without many features of 2042. At the moment, however, we can only speculate as to what exactly that means. Possible candidates for this would be the often criticized Specialists system or modes with a number of players of up to 128 participants. Of course, you can read about what exactly works and doesn’t work in Battlefield 2042 in our GameStar test.
What exactly is the current problem with service games like Battlefield 2042 or even Age of Empires 4 is something we also address in our GameStar podcast. It’s best to just listen for yourself:
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What do you think of the next Battlefield going back to a story campaign? What hopes and expectations do you have for the successor to 2042? What do you think shouldn’t happen under any circumstances? Let us know in the comments!