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Battlefield 2042 gameplay trailer shows a 128-player battle in action

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EA has shown off the first gameplay trailer for Battlefield 2042 at the Xbox & Bethesda E3 2021 conference, and it looks suitably epic.

Following the grand unveiling on Wednesday, EA has released a new trailer for Battlefield 2042 – one that shows actual gameplay footage of a 128-player match.

E3 is online-only this year, so the footage is just of DICE developers playing, but they’re on the Hourglass map, which is set in Doha, Qatar.

Much has already been made of the game’s real-time weather effects and in the trailer you can not only see a tornado sucking up vehicles and parachutists but also a Mad Max style sandstorm tearing its way through the city.

As well as a lot of ultra-modern skyscrapers, the map also features a number of cranes, so there’s a lot of verticality to the level design, with helicopters flying all around and zip lines between buildings.

The footage is filled with ‘Battlefield moments’, including a recreation of the bit in the reveal trailer where a booby-trapped ATV hits a helicopter and a tank rolling over parked civilian cars.

It all looks fantastic, but then nobody was really worried about the graphics when it came to this game.

There will be a chance for someone other than DICE to play the game next month, when a closed technical test begins, but EA has already warned that it will only be for ‘veteran’ fans of the series. So if you haven’t been contacted about it yet you probably aren’t getting in.

An open beta is promised for closer to launch but the next major update will be at EA Play Live in July, when the mysterious new mode – that definitely isn’t a battle royale – will be unveiled.

Battlefield 2042 will be released on October 22 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, and PC. However, if you buy the Gold or Ultimate Editions of the game you can play it a week earlier, on October 15.

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