Battlefield 2042 Players looking for hard news about future plans for DICE games or any hints about upcoming content will be disappointed to learn that we may not be able to get any of this information for a while.
While the beleaguered developer did make its first official announcement of 2022 earlier this week, much of it wasn’t particularly well-received. DICE has announced and released a small new Battlefield 2042 patch that makes some tweaks to XP gain rates in portals and shows off a new scoreboard design that’s due out in mid-to-late February as a larger part of the patch.
Unfortunately, the developers didn’t raise the myriad design issues that many players questioned. We also didn’t get any hints about what new content we can expect, an estimated date when the first season might begin, or anything that would really stop the most cynic from declaring Battlefield 2042 dead.
The lack of solid details about the future of the game, as well as the lack of high-level design discussions, also had another effect: the December leak was secretly confirmed. Battlefield data miner Temporyal, who has been one of the most trusted sources when it comes to uncovering unreleased content in Battlefield games, has shared some details about the first season of Battlefield 2042 based on what’s in the game files.
Based on their findings, the post-launch content for the first season of Battlefield 2042 will introduce a new map, seemingly named get in touch withThe map is set in British Columbia, Canada, where a landslide “exposed a secret research facility” and sparked a conflict between the United States and Russia.
Unpublished first image #battlefield2042 Map “exposure” (no high resolution available). Knowledge review:
🇨🇦 With Canada (British Columbia) as the background
🔬 Landslide exposes a secret research facility
🇷🇺 Russians suspect military weapons inside
Exposure appears to be part of Season 1. pic.twitter.com/gj51UdZTaP
– Time (@temporal) December 22, 2021
More interestingly, they also found The first season starts in March, four months after the game was released. According to Temporyal, there are 12 pre-season weekly missions in the game files, which confirms the March goal — unless some of them are to fill in the gaps in case the season gets delayed.
When the information was released late last year, many thought March was too late for the start of the first season, and thought the findings were outdated or placeholders. Now that DICE has discussed what’s in store for February, but hasn’t addressed what’s to come in the future, it’s safe to assume that March will likely be when the first season really kicks off.
It’s worth remembering that the first season could certainly start earlier than that. DICE may just want to hold back any details until it’s finalized. That said, the way developers have been doing this certainly doesn’t inspire much confidence.