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Battlefield 2042 will be getting a new map called Exposure
64-player matches also coming to PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X/S for a limited time
DICE has begun teasing a new Battlefield 2042 map called Exposure.
EA claimed in a GameSpot interview that Exposure “tak[es] map design to a whole new level”, although it wasn’t ready to reveal any specifics.
Prior to the game’s release last month, DICE confirmed that Battlefield 2042 Season 1 won’t launch until 2022.
When it does arrive, the studio said Season 1 will include a new Specialist, Battle Pass and Portal content, “and maybe even some new sights to see”, which could hint at plans to introduce Exposure then.
Prior to that, DICE will introduce weekly missions and rewards, plus limited time modes.
EA said limited time matchmaking modes will enable Conquest and Breakthrough to be played with 64 players on PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X/S. Currently the modes support 128 players on those platforms, while the PS4 and Xbox One versions are capped at 64 players.
Battlefield 2042’s biggest update yet was released on Thursday, introducing over 300 fixes plus balance changes and quality of life enhancements.
Another “small” Battlefield 2042 update will be released in early December focused on balance changes and bug fixes.
EA told GameSpot DICE is working to bring back “fan-favorite systems” such as a scoreboard, and it previously said adding in-game voice chat was “on the road map” too.
In a Twitter thread on Thursday, DICE said Battlefield 2042’s live service model is providing the studio with “exciting new opportunities that let us explore with more creative freedom than before”, but it also hinted that Santa-themed skins leaked earlier in the day may not be introduced following fan criticism.
“Today some of you accidentally got a glimpse of some Holiday themed cosmetics and we wanted to help clarify their intended usage,” it wrote.
“Development for Live Service requires us to work months in advance, and enables us to have options when we reach key moments in our first year
“Today, we have other priorities, and so whilst we have the skins, we presently have no plans to utilize all of them this Holiday.”
Yesterday EA announced plans to create a “connected Battlefield universe” alongside widespread changes to the franchise’s development structure.
As part of these new plans, DICE general manager Oscar Gabrielson is set to leave EA altogether, while Respawn and Infinity Ward co-founder Vince Zampella will take on a new role as the overseer of the entire Battlefield franchise.
Halo designer Marcus Lehto is also leading a new Seattle studio whose aim will be to add more meaningful narrative to the Battlefield series.