EA has confirmed that Battlefield 2042’s REDACTED mode – rumored to be called Battlehub – will feature remastered, fan-favorite maps – indicating that Tom Henderson’s leak could be accurate.
The big reveal of Battlefield 2042 came with a hot trailer, some scintillating gameplay, and additional details on what fans can expect to see in the game. But not everything is out in the open just yet, with EA and DICE being very coy over one of the game’s modes.
Listed as [REDACTED] on the official Battlefield 2042 website, the mode is being kept very hush-hush for the time being. However, leaker Tom Henderson initially pulled back the curtain with details on the potential mode, and now it seems like EA and DICE have confirmed some of this to be true.
Henderson’s leaks and snippets of pre-reveal BF2042 information turned out to be true, with him showing hand-drawn concept art for the combat robot dogs, and saying that Battlefield 2042 wouldn’t have a campaign at launch.
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In reference to the new Battlehub mode, Tom had said, “Battlefield Hub is going to be the ultimate sandbox experience, and is going to be the fun game mode when it comes to Battlefield 2042.”
Now, in an EA Play 2021 discussion interview, Ripple Effect Studios General Manager Christian Grass discussed the REDACTED mode saying: “one of the components of this experience that we’re creating is that we’re adding some of the fan-favorite maps back into Battlefield 2042. But the entire experience you’ll have to wait a bit longer before we reveal what that is.”
Tom Henderson’s original description of the mode sounded like a mix-and-match of many different previous Battlefield games and eras all meshed into one super-duper game mode.
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He said it’s unlikely to be very balanced, but it is going to “contain remasters of old maps from old Battlefield titles.” They will still run on the 2042 engine, and in addition to this, he says that “Specialists will also be moving over to the Battlefield Hub.”
Tom has since confirmed the maps that are expected to feature in the new Battlefield 2042 Battlehub mode:
- Wake Island
- Siege of Shanghai
- Arica Harbor
- Caspian Border
He also said: “And just to add – I’m not sure if #BATTLEHUB is the name or not.”
Some maps will be able to support 128-players for the new Battlefield Hub game mode, whereas some will only be able to support 64-players. Henderson said the difference varies based on the size of the map, and which platform it’s played on: “This to me confirms as well that this Battlefield Hub will be coming on both past and current-gen consoles.”
Players will seemingly have the option of choosing which content they want to install on their console à la Call of Duty, as it won’t be necessary to have both Hazard Zone and Battlefield Hub if players dislike one of the modes, for instance.
A final key detail that Henderson points out is the game mode “will be updated with the Battle Pass Seasons that will also be coming to 2042, so I’m guessing that new weapons, new vehicles, new maps will be coming to the Battlefield Hub, from previous games, every time the season changes.”
Henderson does make it clear at the start of the video to take all this information with a “big pile of salt,” and that’s because he’s “tried to cross-check this information with as many different people as possible, people who’ve provided with me with information and stuff in the past, and even they have flat-out refused to comment on this, or do not know what this game mode is.”
The REDACTED mode is expected to be unveiled at the Official EA Play event on July 22, and we should have a clearer idea of what the mode will be after it.
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Dr Disrespect enjoying Battlefield 2042 thanks to new update
Battlefield 2042’s first season has had great reception since it was released, with Dr Disrespect loving the brand-new map and update.
Popular streamer Guy Beahm, aka ‘Dr Disrespect’, has been enjoying the new Battlefield 2042 update and map, claiming it’s the best thing to happen to the franchise in years.
Battlefield 2042’s Season 1 update dropped on June 9, and despite a rough launch for the game, the new update is starting to turn heads and gain popularity.
The Battlefield 2042 Season 1 patch didn’t just fix a bunch of the issues players were having with the game, it also introduced some great new content such as the new map, Exposure, which players are loving.
Dr Disrespect seems to share the same opinion, recently enjoying the game on stream.
Battlefield 2042 got off to a rough start when it launched back in November 2021. Players were disappointed with the lack of content, as well as being disappointed with the number of bugs and issues the game had.
- Read more: Will Battlefield 2042 be on Xbox Game Pass?
One major issue the community had was with the map design, but thankfully, the new update has brought a map that everyone seems to be enjoying, even Dr Disrespect, who is often openly critical of the franchise.
While streaming Battlefield 2042 on June 17, 2022, Dr Disrespect stated that the new map Exposure is “the best thing to happen to Battlefield in years”.
The Doc applauds the devs for the new update and map, saying “finally, a good decision,” as it seems he too was disappointed with some of the choices that were made by the dev team.
Battlefield 2042 has undergone a lot of change since its release, and many weren’t happy with decisions like the removal of the Scoreboard, which has now been brought back. With that being said, it seems the devs are dedicated to improving the experience in Battlefield 2042.
It’s great to see many enjoying the new map and giving Battlefield 2042 another chance, especially as the devs have been hard at work to make the game better for players.
Despite the love for Battlefield 2042’s first season, CoD fans believe Modern Warfare 2 could kill off the franchise for good.
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CoD players explain how Modern Warfare 2 can kill off Battlefield for good
With Ground War returning in Modern Warfare 2, players are hoping Infinity Ward go all out to beat Battlefield at its own game.
Ground War, CoD’s large-scale mode, will return in Modern Warfare 2. Originally criticized for failing to capture what made Battlefield so great, players explained how MW2’s Ground War will succeed where Battlefield 2042 failed.
Ground War arrived in Modern Warfare 2019, using Verdansk’s POIs as huge playspaces for a large-scale Conquest-like game mode. While players enjoyed Ground War, many felt that it failed to capture the squad play, vehicle balance, and map flow that made Battlefield so popular.
However, the way gamers think about the Battlefield franchise has completely changed since then, with Battlefield 2042 failing at almost every hurdle. Luckily, Ground War returns in Modern Warfare 2 and those let down by 2042 hope that Infinity Ward go all out and try to use Ground War to “put the nail in the coffin” for Battlefield.
Reddit user Spartacus_115 kicked off the discussion by saying that Infinity Ward need to make changes to Ground War when it returns in Modern Warfare 2. They explained that the biggest issue it had was the objective placements and shape of the maps, which they felt were too linear.
For Modern Warfare 2, they want to see the objective positions wider, spread out, and circular, allowing for flanking routes and strategy. Many users brought up MW2019’s Promenade as an example of what they don’t want to see, where the action takes place in a long street without any opportunity for flanking.
CoD players also hope to see tighter squad play, multiple game modes, fewer sniping positions, and a better vehicle to infantry balance – all aspects of the best Battlefield games.
Many Battlefield players moved over to CoD between Battlefield V and 2042, and the latest entry did nothing to bring them back. These ex-Battlefield players are especially hoping that Modern Warfare 2’s Ground War will be a success.
“As a Battlefield refugee I truly hope they go all in and try to put the nail in the coffin for Battlefield,” said jamslfc. “I hate to say it but same,” replied SPYDER0416, explaining that they’ve been “dying for a good Battlefield-esque experience.”
Another user said that “even if it doesn’t necessarily kill Battlefield off it could finally be a big fat wake-up call,” but they had their doubts.
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Battlefield 2042 players actually love Season 1’s new Exposure map
DICE looked to get Battlefield 2042 back on track with the Season 1 update, and player actually love the new Exposure map.
Although Battlefield 2042 didn’t live up to the community’s expectations, players are absolutely loving Season 1’s new Exposure map.
Even though they don’t feel the game’s main issues have been fixed, players are loving the new Exposure map, calling it not just the best map in Battlefield 2042, but one of DICE’s best in years.
Exposure takes place in the Canadian Rockies, with the action taking place across three levels of elevation. The Battlefield 2042 subreddit has been extremely critical of the game but is actually full of love for Exposure, with a ton of players singing its praises.
Although huge 128-player battles were a major part of Battlefield 2042’s marketing, many players felt it was far too chaotic, especially when 64 players were trying to run across an open field.
Reddit user Sardunos said that “Exposure is absolutely the correct sized map for 128 players,” explaining that “it has the pacing of the 64 player maps” but with a ton of variation.
“The new map is honestly one of the best maps DICE has put out in years,” claimed Tech_Rise, with Odisseo76 calling it one of the best maps they’ve ever played in a shooter, not just in Battlefield.
MrLuBert continued the sentiment, explaining: “It’s not just better than the other maps, it’s a very, very good map. Worthy of being in any BF title.”
- Read more: Will Battlefield 2042 be on Xbox Game Pass?
These are only a few of the hundreds of comments where players showed their love for DICE’s latest creation. However, with so many players returning for Season 1, they feel Exposure “really exposes how sh*tty the maps on release were.”
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