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Battlefield 2042 is an upcoming first-person shooter developed by Swedish game developer DICE and published by Electronic Arts. It is the twelfth main entry in EA's large-scale Battlefield FPS series, and is the first entry to take place in a modern/near future setting since 2013's Battlefield 4.
A direct sequel to Battlefield 4, the game is set in the year 2042 and features the United States and Russia as Earth's last two superpowers, after environmental disasters, economic crises, rising sea levels, and resource shortages plunged the world into chaos. As the world recovers from a decade of crises, the two nations use former military personnel from refugee groups, who call themselves "Non-Patriated", in Task Forces to fight each other in proxy wars for control of the new world that has emerged. These refugees are distrustful of the governments that exiled them and refused them safety in the previous years of hardship, but must choose a side to fight for their future.
All-Out Warfare is the regular mode similar to the multiplayer of previous Battlefield titles, featuring maps set in exotic locations, such as Egypt, Singapore, Seoul, and Antarctica, with weather events like sandstorms and tornadoes rolling in mid-match to affect the flow of gameplay.
Portal mode allows use of remastered maps, weapons, vehicles, gadgets, classes, TTK values, movement and factions from older Battlefield games, namely Battlefield 1942, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 3, along with those from the rest of the game. Creation of custom "Portal" servers using remastered content is done via a web-based service, which allows players to customise rules and settings (including the use of new 2042 content) in order to create a properly unique Battlefield experience. New content will be added to Portal mode along the way, from old games and 2042.
The following weapons appear in the video game Battlefield 2042:
Battlefield 2042 foregoes the famous class system of all previous Battlefield games, instead using a system called "Specialists", who each have their own unique active and passive abilities, but they still resemble the old class system (Assault, Engineer, Medic, Support, and Recon). The rest of their loadout is fully customizable, allowing players more freedom in their classes and not forcing each class to use a certain category of weapon. However, the old class system is still usable with BF Portal, although it is unknown if each class will be the same as in the original game, or changed slightly.
There are 10 specialists at launch (but only 5 are known at this point in time), each with unique abilities.
The returning factions in the Portal mode still use the old class system.
The Portal trailer showed the M1911A1 returning from BF1942.
The Glock 18 appears in the game as the "G57", implying that 9 new models come out after the Glock 48 in the coming years. In the current pre-alpha build of the game it incorrectly holds 16+1 rounds instead of 17+1; this is likely a simple oversight (setting it to hold "17 rounds"), not unlike the CZ 75 from Battlefield 4 (before it was corrected).
Taurus Model 44 Revolver
A Taurus Model 44 revolver appears as the "M44", equipped by default with a Smith and Wesson Stealth Hunter-esque long barrel with the ubiquitous Battlefield 2042 powered rail mounted on top. It operates in single-action, with the player manually cocking the hammer. Unfired rounds are retained when reloading, with casings simply dumped out of the cylinder after catching the unfired rounds, then a speedloader is used; due to retaining unfired rounds, the empty reload is actually faster than partial reloads as it skips that step.
"S21 Syrette Pistol"
Support Specialist Maria Falck uses the fictional S21 Syrette Pistol as her exclusive equipment. It has the loose silhouette of the Pneu-Dart X-2 CO2 dart pistol, though its details are different, and its dart loading port is located at where the X-2's pressure gauge is located in reality.
"Tracer Dart Gun"
The fictional "Tracer Dart Gun" from Bad Company 2 was shown prominently in the Portal trailer, first as one of the weapons held by Espinoza, and then being used by a soldier for its intended function (shooting a passing enemy plane, and somehow allowing an unguided PG-7V rocket from an RPG-7 to lock onto said plane).
Brügger & Thomet MP9
A Brügger & Thomet MP9 has been datamined in the PC files.
The 2nd generation KRISS Vector appears as the "K30", seemingly alluding to it being a successor to the KRISS K10 prototype that previously appeared in Battlefield Hardline. Despite functioning like a full-auto Vector SMG, it is modeled after the civilian SBR version, as it lacks a select-fire lever.
The LWRC SMG-45 first appeared under the name "PBX-9", and as of the first public test is instead named "PBX-45"; it's possible the name changes depending on the calibre selected. Markings on the side say "9MM|45 ACP" suggesting that the game's weapon customization system will allow you to change calibers. Its stock appears to use the bronze finish of the early models.
In the Battlefield: Portal trailer, WWII-era US soldiers are seen with M1A1 Thompson submachine guns; Espinoza is also seen with one during the weapon-switching sequence. It has a 30 round magazine and is simply called "Thompson" in the HUD.
In the Battlefield: Portal trailer, some German soldiers fighting 2042 soldiers can be seen using MP40 submachine guns.
A PP-19 Bizon-2 has been datamined in the PC files.
Crye Precision Six12
A Crye Precision Six12 has been datamined in the PC files.
Remington 870 MCS
A Remington 870 MCS is seen in the trailer, fitted with an M4 stock adaptor and what appears to be Magpul's Remington 870 forend, and Mossberg 590A1-style ghost ring sights. It appears under the name "MCS-880".
A Saiga 12 has been datamined in the PC files.
The SPAS-12 returns from BF3 in the Portal trailer.
The AN-94 returns, seen in pre-release screenshots of the remastered Caspian Border map.
The Remington ACR appears in the same pre-release screenshot of the remastered Caspian Border as the AN-94.
The 2017 production version of the AK-12 appears as the "AK24". It was first seen in the reveal trailer, fitted with an olive drab handguard, stock, and polymer magazine, as well as various attachments, including an OKP-7 sight. Oddly, its standard magazines hold only 24 rounds.
In the Portal trailer, Espinoza is seen holding an AKS-74U. It appears to have the earlier model of handguard.
In the Portal trailer, an AS Val is seen in the background.
Daniel Defense DDM4 V7 PRO
A Daniel Defense DDM4 V7 PRO with a Strike Switch safety lever and dark earth Raptor charging handle appears as a semi-auto marksman type weapon; it was originally named "4V9" in the reveal trailer, but by the EA Play trailer has been renamed to "DM7". The distinctive stock is clearly visible in promotional material showing some cosmetic bundles, which features an Arctic camo on the DDM4. For non-empty reloads, the player character flips on the safety before swapping mags, then disengages it after. In the Portal Game modes trailer, while showing the "Quality vs Quantity" mode, we see a specialist using it with a 12 round mag, locked on semi-auto and seemingly loaded with a larger cartridge than 5.56x45mm.
FN SCAR-H CQC
An FN SCAR-H CQC is seen in the reveal trailer.
Heckler & Koch HK416
In the Portal trailer, Espinoza briefly holds a Heckler & Koch HK416. Based on the stock and rear diopter sight, it's reasonable to assume this is a full size rifle model, offered by H&K. Since the barrel length is not visible, the specific model of the HK416 is currently unconfirmed; since Battlefield: Portal is specifically intended to include "throwback" weapons, more likely than not the weapon is the HK416 D10RS from Battlefield 3.
Heckler & Koch XM8
Both the rifle and compact carbine variants of the Heckler & Koch XM8 are seen in the BF Portal reveal, presumably intended to be the ones from Bad Company 2. The XM8 Compact Carbine is shown with a tan color scheme. In reality, this tan paint job was only applied to the Heckler & Koch XM8 Automatic Rifle.
The Kel-Tec CMR-30 appears as the "VCAR".
An M1 Garand can briefly be seen in the Portal trailer twice.
SIG-Sauer MCX Spear
The SIG-Sauer MCX Spear appears in the game as the "M5A3", implying that it won the NGSW program contract and was adopted by the U.S. as the "M5 Carbine". It is also present on the cover art of the game, equipped with a SIG-Sauer ROMEO 8 and a suppressor. It holds 20 rounds by default, but can use a 30 round PMAG.
In real life, the Spear is used almost exclusively with a custom SIG suppressor designed for the weapon, as its 6.8x51mm SIG hybrid-cased ammunition is fairly powerful and has a strong muzzle blast. However, in BF2042, it appears without one in the game's trailers, and has a barrel that ends about where the suppressor would be.
In the Battlefield: Portal trailer, some German soldiers can be seen using Sturmgewehr 44s as legacy content based on Battlefield 1942, though the actual StG asset is likely an updated model from Battlefield V.
A Barrett XM109 has been datamined in the PC files.
What appears to be a Chukavin SVCh appears in promotional artwork for the Specialists, mounted on its bipod on a crate in the background. It also briefly appeared in the gameplay trailer. It appears to be a 7.62x51mm variant, and the in-game model has a 10 round mag, whereas the HUD icon has a 20 rounder.
A Bad Company 2 US Army Recon can be seen with the GOL sniper rifle in the Battlefield Portal trailer.
What appears to be a Karabiner 98k appears briefly in the hands of a German in the BF Portal reveal. It is another legacy rifle from Battlefield 1942, although the model is likely an updated version of the Kar 98k from Battlefield V.
Marlin Model 1895
A Marlin Model 1895(probably some kind Henry USA model) has been datamined in the PC files.
A Mechem NTW-20 has been datamined in the PC files.
Sako TRG M10
The Sako TRG M10 initially appeared as the "TG-24", but has since been renamed to "SWS-10".
A TTS XCEED has been datamined in the PC files.
M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle
In the Portal trailer, an M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle is seen in the background.
A Hand Held M134 Minigun has been datamined in the PC files.
MGA SAW K
A MGA SAW K has been datamined in the PC files.
Knight's Armament LWAMG
The Knight's Armament LWAMG appears as the "LCMG".
PKP Pecheneg Bullpup
A PKP Pecheneg Bullpup is briefly seen in the trailer. It also appears as part of the "SG-36 Sentry System" that Specialist Pyotr "Boris" Guskovsky has access to, fitted with a large muzzle brake.
The QJY-88 is seen in pre-release screenshots of the remastered Noshahr Canals and Caspian Border maps.
Carl Gustaf M4
The Carl Gustaf M4 appears in the reveal trailer, used by a pilot executing the infamous "Rendezook" move, where the pilot jumps out of their fighter jet, shoots a rocket mid-air while falling, and jumps back in their jet. It was originally named "Carl Gustaf M5", however by the first public test it had been renamed to "Recoilless M5"
An anti-aircraft launcher named FIM-33 has been mentioned in official blog posts for the game and was first seen in the Exodus short film, used by returning character Irish from Battlefield 4. As seems to be standard with most weapons and vehicles in the game, it's presumably an updated version of the FIM-92 Stinger. The launcher is "reloaded" by simply discarding the empty launcher and pulling out a new one.
An FN EGLM can be seen slung under the SCAR-H in the gameplay trailer.
Heckler & Koch XM320
A US Army Assault soldier from Bad Company 2 can be seen with the XM8/XM320 combo in the BF Portal reveal.
MGL Mk 1L
A MGL Mk 1L has been datamined in the PC files.
In the Battlefield: Portal trailer, a rather optimistic soldier attempts to shoot down a WWII-era Supermarine Spitfire with an RPG-7 (likely returning from BF3); this otherwise-futile endeavor is aided by his teammate's use of Bad Company 2's "Tracer Dart Gun", which somehow allows an unguided rocket to lock onto, follow, and destroy said plane.
Grenades & Explosives
In the Portal trailer, the HG-2 hand grenade from the Battlefield: Bad Company series can be seen. It still resembles the original fictional hybrid of a Mills Bomb with the fuze assembly from a M67 frag grenade, complete with the iconic Smiley Face pin.
Mounted & Emplaced Weapons
Browning M2 QCB
The Browning M2 QCB appears on a futuristic "M1A5" Abrams tank and the Ripsaw tank in the reveal trailer.
Historic USAAF B-17 bombers are in BF Portal promotional materials, which have numerous Browning M3 machine guns.
Dillon Aero M134 Minigun
Dual M134 Miniguns appears mounted on the "MD540 Nightbird" helicopter in the reveal trailer and Griffon-type hovercraft in promotional images. Three are also mounted on the nose of the "MV38-Condor" transport; the pilot's HUD and passenger list strongly imply that each of its three Miniguns is operated independently by three different passengers in the vehicle.
General Dynamics GAU-22/A
The F-35B in the gameplay trailer appears with its underslung General Dynamics GAU-22/A gun pod.
General Electric M61 Vulcan
The GE M61 Vulcan is seen on a CIWS installation from a Battlefield Portal promotional image, and a F/A-18E Super Hornet that carries the M61A2 variant is also shown.
The Sukhoi Su-57 appears in the reveal trailer and promotional artwork, which is armed with the Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-30-1 autocannon.
M230 Chain Gun
The M230 Chain Gun is mounted on the "AH-64GX", a futuristic variant of the Apache attack helicopter.
German JU 87 "Stuka" dive bombers have wing-mounted MG17.
MG 34 Panzerlauf
WWII-era German ground vehicles are seen in the BF Portal reveal, which have MG34 Panzerlauf machine guns.
Kamov Ka-52 and Mil Mi-28N helicopters seen in reveal media have Shipunov 2A42 autocannons.
Cobra R9 Crossbow
A Cobra R9 Crossbow has been datamined in the PC files.
|Main series||Battlefield: 1942 (2002) • Battlefield: Vietnam (2004) • Battlefield 2 (2005) • Battlefield 3 (2011) • Battlefield 4 (2013) • Battlefield 1 (2016) • Battlefield V (2018) • Battlefield 2042 (2021)|
|Bad Company Series||Battlefield: Bad Company (2008) • Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (2010)|
|Spin-Offs||Battlefield 2: Modern Combat (2005) • Battlefield: 1943 (2009) • Battlefield Hardline (2014)|
|Free-to-Play Spin-Offs||Battlefield Heroes (2009) • Battlefield Play4Free (2011)|
|Third-Party Modifications||Battlefield: 1918 (2003) • Forgotten Hope (2003) • Desert Combat (2003) • Forgotten Hope 2 (2005) • Project Reality (2005) • FinnWars (2006) • Project Reality: Falklands (2012) • Project Reality: Vietnam (2012) • Project Reality: Normandy (2013)|