Call of Duty: Warzone is a popular free-to-play battle royale mode spun off from one of the two major modern shooter titles. The other such franchise, EA/DICE’s Battlefield, just revealed its latest installment this morning, Battlefield 2042, and it might also have a free-to-play battle royale experience.

Battlefield 2042 will be set in the near future and feature a “‘what if’ scenario of societies crumbling in the face of violent climate changes and diminishing resources.” It will have three “gameplay pillars,” two of which have been revealed: All Out Warfare and Hazard Zone. Today’s announcement on the PlayStation blog dropped plenty of details regarding All Out Warfare, while saying only that Hazard Zone is “a modern take on multiplayer that’s a ‘high-stakes, squad-based game type.'” Notably, it was explicitly stated to not be a battle royale.

That third mode, however, is as yet unknown. Given the success of Warzone, a battle royale would seem to be a likely wager, and another tidbit of info might hint at its payment model. As VG247 reports:

So, does Battlefield 2042 have any free-to-play experience? DICE general manager Oskar Gabrielson smiled when asked at the event, asking everyone to stay tuned.

We’ll all just have to “stay tuned” to the news regarding Battlefield 2042 over the next few months — it launches on October 22 on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 — and see what this probably-free-to-play-maybe-a-battle-royale third mode for the game will be. Our guess? It’s a free-to-play battle royale.

Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.


  1. Just have one mode for F2P – Team Death Match. A simple 8 vs 8 TDM with small urban-styled maps and only infantry units and their guns, no vehicles, no aircrafts, just plain and simple runnign and gunning. This is what the shooter genre needs these days, enough with the Battle Crapyale, it’s already ruined the genre enough.

  2. Jackfrags already did a video where he ofcourse as with every BF, was at a press release where they stated they are not doing Battle Royale. Ultimately it would just be in poor tastes and it just doesn’t fit in BF. More than likely when it comes to Free2play if they try its probably going to be a Free to start but otherwise pay for the rest of the game but that is a big stretch. Or keep it free for the new last new mode. Otherwise its still a stretch and quite frankly I don’t want a BR.


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