Battlefield 2042 Battle Royale would arrive “in the near future”

An industry insider with knowledge of Battlefield 2042’s development cycle has suggested that the game’s Battle Royale mode may be on the way.

Tom Henderson, a longtime journalist covering the video game industry, notes in a recent Youtube video that the often-talked-about battle(field) royale mode for EA and DICE’s first-person shooter will be coming “in the very near future.” Henderson doesn’t mention any specific launch date or window, but he does say it won’t surface “in the next six months.”

Henderson goes on to talk about the next game in the Battlefield series after 2042, saying he’s heard it’s going to be an Overwatch-style hero-based shooter. Specifically, he shares that a former Battlefield franchise developer told him the upcoming game has “groups of specialists fighting” rather than the fan-favorite armies fans are used to today.

The 30-minute video gives plenty of insight into the development of Battlefield 2042, which launched on November 19, 2021 after a month late from its original October 22 release date. In GameSpot’s Battlefield 2042 review, Phil Hornshaw wrote “Portal lets you relive Battlefield games of the past, but on the side of 2042, DICE picked popular trends like hero shooters and battle royales. The best part is that, primarily, he’s done a really good job of curating these additions so that they add more to what players already love about Battlefield, rather than changing what already works.”

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