Somehow there's never been a Battlefield map set in Sweden until now

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Battlefield 2042's third season starts on November 22 and will bring with it the usual new stuff: a new specialist, new guns, and a new map. I was mildly surprised to learn that the map, called Spearhead, will be the first official Battlefield map set in Sweden, where lead Battlefield developer DICE is based.

Looking back, I guess none of the past Battlefield conflicts had a great reason to venture into Sweden. The country was ostensibly neutral during WW1 and WW2, and Battlefield's fictional modern conflicts have centered on the US, China, and Russia. There's no Sweden vs Canada subplot or anything.

Sweden's entry to the world of near future Battlefield conflict features a pair of high-tech factories that have been plonked down in the wilderness. It's featured heavily in the trailer embedded above.

Battlefield 2042 Season 3: Escalation will also include a couple of the launch map reworks DICE has been releasing in response to player criticism. Sometime mid-season, Manifest and Breakaway will be replaced with redesigned versions which, among other things, increase the amount of cover available for infantry. The Breakaway rework looks pretty dramatic, bringing the oil rig closer to shore and reshaping the icey cliffs. The Specialist system, which mostly replaced traditional Battlefield classes, will also be revised mid-season to create a more traditional class structure—more details on that here

Also notable: Battlefield 2042 is coming to EA Play and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, and will be free-to-play for a week after the start of the third season. On Steam, you can play free from December 1-5. 

There's more stuff coming in Season 3, including an interesting new tank that can switch to "Siege Mode" to slow down and increase its turret's rate of fire. Head to the Battlefield 2042 official site for the full list of upcoming additions.

Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.