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Battlefield 2042’s Global Warming Plot Is a Breath of Fresh Air – Den of Geek

In a way, this setup shouldn’t be that surprising. After all, the sometimes forgotten Battlefield 2142 was built around the idea that global warming eventually caused a new ice age. While the Battlefield franchise isn’t exactly known for its sweeping serial narrative, simple logic dictates that the events of Battlefield 2042 will lead into the events of Battlefield 2142.

Yet, the fact that Battlefield 2042 features a plotline and setting built around the threat of global warming is, in many ways, quite surprising and strangely refreshing.

We’re still waiting to see Battlefield 2042‘s gameplay (which is scheduled to be revealed on June 13th during the Xbox E3 event), but the idea of having to contend with somewhat random real-time weather disasters in the middle of a battle is, at least on paper, pretty interesting. It’s a compelling variable that fits well into the already chaotic nature of the “average” Battlefield match.

For that matter, it’s also nice that Battlefield 2042 will focus on something other than a historical instance of the world at war or a loose narrative explanation that ultimately amounts to “eh, why not?” While the Battlefield franchise hasn’t always succeeded outside of its thematic comfort zone (we’re looking at you Battlefield Hardline), this feels like a much more interesting alternative to drawing from the “World War” or “Modern Warfare” well yet again.

Mostly, though, it’s nice that developer EA DICE is bothering to even acknowledge a potentially sensitive topic in the name of doing something that’s a little more interesting. While nobody expects Battlefield 2042 to feature a biting story about the horrors of global warming designed to attack deniers (this is still EA that we’re talking about, and the game doesn’t even feature a campaign), it would have been easy for EA DICE to ignore this idea entirely in the name of avoiding being “political.”

Indeed, EA Dice could have cut the global warming element from the plot entirely, constructed a story about the United States and Russia battling in the future, and few people would have called them out or ever expected them to address the idea in the first place. Instead, they bothered to incorporate an issue that we honestly don’t see a lot of major Triple-A games address despite the fact that it’s both a prominent problem and a source of potentially fascinating thematic scenarios.