Official word on BF2142 deployment - updated

Official confirmation on the sequel given. UPDATE: EA confirms PC only, spills new details and first screens

EA and Digital Illusions have officially confirmed that work is currently underway on Battlefield 2142. The news follows the appearance of a teaser trailer for the sequel yesterday, which seems to have forced the duo into finally admitting the existence of the title.

In a new community update on the Battlefield 2 website, which starts "Today we have some really big news to share with you", we're informed that BF2142 is in development at the Digital Illusions Stockholm studio and is scheduled for release this autumn - as the teaser trailer stated.

"...this is a departure for the BF series as we're going into the future - something that a lot of you wanted to see happen in the BF universe," the powers that be say in the update. "We're creating a ton of cool features that you won't have seen in any BF before, including cloaking devices, mines that follow you, awesome new rifles, guns and grenades, and of course, MECHS!"


Apparently a full, official announcement on Battlefield 2142 is to be made later this week. "Stay tuned and we'll keep you posted on how 2142 is coming along," is the word. Anyone who missed the trailer that sneaked onto the internet can check it out here.

++ UPDATE ++

Since this news post, EA has released its official press announcement on Battlefield 2142, confirming it at this stage for PC only. According the announcement, the sequel will actually ship winter 2006 as opposed to the previously mentioned autumn, so minor bad news there maybe but to cheer you up additional details on the game have been spilled.

Reiterating in its announcement that the year 2142 has seen a good portion of the Earth's surface covered by ice, leaving nations battling for control of remaining land, EA has informed us that players will fight for one of two military superpowers - the European Union or the newly formed Pan Asian Coalition. Up to 64 players are supported in battles and, like Battlefield 2, combatants fight on the front lines in squads or direct assaults in Commander Mode.

Victory in combat reaps numerous rewards - "players increase their rank and unlock awards, including new weapons, medals and more" - and all manner of futuristic weaponry and vehicles is being stuffed in.

"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," states Mr. Press Release.