Battlefield 2042, the next evolution of DICE and Electronic Arts’ yearly shooter, is still quite a ways off. However, that does not mean that there aren’t any players out there who managed to experience it firsthand, and thanks to their bravery and service the media and the biggest fans of the series can now get to experience it, albeit in various degrees of quality.
A total of more than 30 more minutes of footage has leaked from the Battlefield 2042 playtest currently going on for PC. Electronic Arts has been running the playtest since Thursday, and it is an exclusive, invite-only event, which means that it is as closely guarded as it can be. With more and more footage cropping up, Electronic Arts has been hot on the heels of those who leaked it online, with a developer from DICE stating that those who breached the agreement with regards to sharing media will not only be banned from the technical test, but also in future playtests and maybe even the game itself once it releases. Check out the tweet below.
|6.| Break the rules, expect to lose access to both the Technical Playtest, future EA Tests, and potentially access to 2042 itself when it releases.
We've already removed plenty of people from the Playtest in these past 48 hours, and they won't be able to play this weekend. pic.twitter.com/EIWaIHIMT2
— Freeman (@PartWelsh) August 13, 2021
What the footage tells us
A quick glance at the available footage (at the time of writing, at least) shows us that the game is in a somewhat decent state at the moment. There is a mixture of footage with players in vehicular combat, while some are on the ground testing out the new HUDs for gun loadouts. That said, there’s nothing to be seen in terms of Battlefield Portal, which mixes and matches different units, vehicles, guns and other aspects to make the craziest Battlefield playlist in history. It would seem as though that part of the game is not yet ready, or Electronic Arts is still deep into the process of making it stable.
However, everything shown is a great reminder of why Battlefield continues to be one of Electronic Arts’ bestselling series. The gunplay shown looked smooth, and the graphics are a step up from the series’ previous iteration. Battlefield 2042 will be released on October 22, 2021 on PC and current and last-gen consoles.