Battlefield 2042 started life as a battle royale game, development took 18 months – report


Battlefield 2042 had a hard time. Between DICE’s suspicious reluctance to share enough gameplay before launch, the game’s lag, and its very short beta, it was clear this wouldn’t be a typical Battlefield.


But what is less clear is the how and the why, to which this new video from leaker Tom Henderson tries to answer. Henderson has a good track record of DICE leaks, and he’s established a rough timeline for the game’s development based on what he’s learned from its sources.

The 30-minute video, linked above, chronicles how development for Battlefield 2042 began, with EA allegedly asking DICE to “copy what’s popular,” which was back in the days of battle royale games. This is supposedly what led to the creation of the Plus menu, which was necessary to allow players to switch weapon accessories on the fly depending on what they find as loot on the ground.

This is also what ultimately caused the developer to ditch the traditional class system in favor of Specialists in early 2020, which EA saw as another opportunity to monetize the game after launch, based on the model. success story from Warzone.

Some of these battle royale elements found their way into Hazard Zone, the underdeveloped extract royale mode of Battlefield 2042. Between April and August 2020, development switched to the current version of Battlefield 2042, bringing back some of the elements from base of the franchise while maintaining a vision of where the project started.

Between technical issues, long-standing issues with the Frostbite engine, and the game’s own homework challenges, it was clear that Battlefield 2042 was in trouble. According to the video, DICE asked EA to assign other studios to help complete the game, around March of this year.

Among the revelations made in the video, EA’s comment that the development is “ahead of schedule” was not accurate. This statement was one of many that have arisen following the launch of Battlefield 2042 as having been misleading.

It’s worth watching the full video, although it’s best to take some of these claims with a grain of salt. If you missed it, here’s our full Battlefield 2042 review.