EA has confirmed today that the next installment in the Battlefield
series is under development at Digital Illusions in Sweden and will be called Battlefield 2142
The game follows the highly successful Battlefield 1942
and Battlefield 2
games, for some the best multiplayer gaming to be had on a PC. As such, a strong storyline is not exactly a requirement, but the premise for the new game at least explains the general theme and the surprising introduction of Mech units.
The press release reads: The year is 2142, and the dawn of a new Ice age has thrown the world into a panic. The math is simple and brutal: The soil not covered by ice can only feed a fraction of the Earth's population. Some will live, most will die.
In Battlefield 2142, players will choose to fight for one of two military superpowers in an epic battle for survival, the European Union or the newly formed Pan Asian Coalition. Armed with a devastating arsenal of hi-tech assault rifles, cloaking devices and sentry guns, players will also do battle using some of the most imposing vehicles known to man.
Massive battle Mechs wage fierce combat on the ground, while futuristic aircraft rule the skies. When facing one of these new behemoths, players will need to use their wits and an arsenal of new countermeasures like EMP grenades to level the playing field.
"Battlefield has long been synonymous with innovative, best-of-breed online multiplayer action," said Sean Decker, Executive Producer, DICE. "By stepping into the future with Battlefield 2142, the team at DICE has reinvented the rules of engagement for the next century."
Up to 64 players will do battle in EA suggest will be "the most comprehensive and flexible persistence in the Battlefield universe to date."
The game is set for a release "this winter" which in our mind does not guarantee a pre-Christmas release date; on paper at least, we could be looking at anything up to February 2007. For now, EA has released four screenshots to get your juices flowing. Click for full-size.