Since its 2002 debut, the Battlefield franchise has captivated players through expansive skirmishes, team-oriented tactics, and destructible settings. Spanning numerous time periods, the series has transformed remarkably over time.
Comprehending the Release Sequence
Grasping the series’ evolution necessitates awareness of the release order. This article guides you through the Battlefield journey, showcasing the games chronologically until 2023.
Do you want to play the Battlefield game? Here is the full list of Battlefield games in order of release:
Battlefield: 1942 (2002)
The first series of Battlefield games are first-person shooter-themed. It has different deathmatch modes for an appealing Conquest approach. Gamers must get control points to unlock the different in-game map locations.
Moreover, Battlefield: 1942 includes a class system that puts players into different roles, including medics, assault and engineers.
EA Dice introduced capturing specific checkpoints to win the game. Additionally, these checkpoints provide respawn areas for your teammates. There is no need to adjust the graphics settings when playing Battlefield: 1942.
From the Pacific Ocean to the Italian fronts, you can choose any location to play. Before the second edition of the series was released, developers added two more expansions to the first one. EA Dice released “The Road to Rome” and “Secret Weapons of WWII” for PC users.
Battlefield Vietnam (2004)
Developers didn’t make any changes to the gameplay of the second series of Battlefield. However, EA Dice introduced new concepts like passengers in Battlefield Vietnam. “Passengers” is a special class feature that can fire from the sides of vehicles.
Additionally, players can air-lift vehicles into battle when choosing “passengers”.
You get different military vehicles and prototype weapons in the second edition. Moreover, it includes a licensed soundtrack that features songs from a popular Vietnam-based movie.
There is a 3D map available for Battlefield Vietnam, which improved the game graphics. Unfortunately, Battlefield Vietnam is only available for PC users. It can be installed and enjoyed from any PlayStation or Xbox console.
Battlefield 2 (2005)
The third release of Battlefield shares the story of a fictional World War where players get to unlock different superpowers. Winning a competitive deathmatch is easier in Battlefield 2. Developers aimed to make this video game more realistic for online players.
Battlefield 2 pits allies the U.S. and European against China. This riveting game has militaries from both sides of the country. You must team up with professional players to infiltrate enemy territory.
Besides, there are 15 maps to choose from in Battlefield 2. Each map has 3 variations designed to cater to a specific number of players.
You can easily communicate with your team members using its in-game VoIP feature. However, players experienced several glitches and bugs when playing Battlefield 2. The development team removed the bugs and released new expansions to improve the gamer experience.
Battlefield 2: Modern Combat (2005)
EA Dice released this game four months after the Battlefield 2 launch. It is the first ever game that is available on gaming consoles. The PS2 and Xbox 360 players can access this Battlefield game. Modern Combat also features a single-player campaign revolving around a fictional war that takes place in Kazakhstan.
There is also a multiplayer version of the game available for console players. You can add up to 24 players to win the battle against China. Capture the flag conquests to ensure victory in Battlefield 2: Modern Combat.
Battlefield 2142 (2006)
Battlefield 2142 and Battlefield 2 have the same graphics quality. The war took place in the 22nd century and thus has a modern concept. However, you will get a sci-fi feeling when playing this fifth series of the game.
Developers emphasized making Battlefield 2142 a fast-paced combat game with fictional weapons. The storyline of the game shows a war between the Pan-Asian Coalition and the EU Union. Besides, there is a new multiplayer mode named “Titan” in this Battlefield game.
Players must unlock the Anti-Titan Missiles to defeat the opposing players’ Titan artillery. Before the release of the next edition in the franchise, EA Dice added one expansion to Battlefield 2142 named “Northern Strike”. It has a new mode called “Assault” which is similar to the Conquest mode.
Battlefield: Bad Company (2008)
This sixth series of the game is available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 users. Teamwork remains the prime requirement to win the game. Additionally, you will get a single-player mode in Battlefield: Bad Company. Players can participate in a large-scale battle with several vehicles/weapons in Battlefield: Bad Company.
The game plot follows Private Preston Marlowe, who is a troublemaker. Professional gamers must defeat him to get to the next level of the game. Besides, a new multiplayer mode “Gold Rush” was introduced in Battlefield: Bad Company. In this mode, you must find gold crates placed in different map locations.
Battlefield Heroes (2009)
This is the first EA Play 4 Free game that is compatible with Windows and Mac devices. Players can download and play the video game free on the supported devices. However, some in-game content requires microtransactions.
Battlefield Heroes also has a third-person shooter view. Compared to the previous games in the franchise, it has unique graphics which look similar to Fortnite.
While Battlefield Heroes was easy to play, its unbalanced play-to-win system ruined the gaming experience. Thus, the development team was forced to shut down this game in 2015.
Battlefield 1943 (2009)
The Battlefield developers released another console version on July 8, 2009. It is available on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Battlefield 1943 is a multiplayer game and doesn’t have a single-player mode. The game has only three maps which you choose from the game’s homepage.
Try to get to the game’s “Air Superiority” mode to unlock the fourth map. Moreover, Battlefield 1943 has a few modified mechanics to provide unique gameplay. Some of the notable tweaks include unlimited ammo and health, which will increase over time.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (2010)
After one year, in 2010, the ninth series of the franchise made its introduction. The title was released for both gaming computer and console users. It continues the previous Battlefield: Bad Company’s storyline. You can retake your role as “Marlowe” if you choose to play in single-player mode.
Moreover, players can destroy the opponent’s territory using the Frostbite Engine. There is also a wide array of aircraft models and vehicles in Bad Company 2. You can use choppers and quad bikes in this video game. However, you get to choose from fewer than 5 game modes. Thus, Bad Company 2 received massive criticism from the players.
Battlefield 3 (2011)
Battlefield 3 introduced different in-game characters for online players. Developers sold nearly 5 million copies in the first week of its release. Besides, the game supports up to 64 players in the multiplayer mode on PC.
EA Dice upgraded Frostbite 2.0 engine and added features like destruction. Additionally, you will get lightning elements in Battlefield 3 which will make the game more interesting. The video game has a total of five expansion packs. However, you can only access the packs via the premium membership plan.
Battlefield 4 (2013) and Battlefield: Hardline (2015)
The large-scale war continues in Battlefield 4. Developers added some new features in this series for the PC and console players. You will get a “Commander” mode when choosing the multiplayer option. The destructive power of the in-game vehicles has also increased in Battlefield 4. Players can alter the map characteristics in this game.
Battlefield Hardline is the first Battlefield game developed by Visceral Games. It has a usual military approach and includes characters like Police and Robbers. Players can arrest the robbers in the single-player mode. The game also features multiplayer options like Heists, Hotwire and Blood Money.
Battlefield 1 (2016)
Battlefield 1 is rated as the best FPS game in the franchise. Because developers include a wide variety of new features in this series. The game has the concept of World War I. It also covers several WW1 frontline stories. Players get new war machines and weapons like poison gas and flamethrowers in Battlefield 1.
Battlefield 1 has excellent graphics and the option to revive your teammates. Additionally, the introduction of horses makes the game more appealing to the players. However, you will need to have a premium membership to access these features in Battlefield 1.
Battlefield V (2018)
Battlefield 5 is also a WWI-theme-based first-person shooter game. It has similar war stories and single-player gameplay to Battlefield 1. The operation modes are also the same in Battlefield V and Battlefield 1. You can modify weapons and vehicles without a premium membership plan in this video game.
Other Battlefield Games in Order of Release
Dice’s last Battlefield series was released in October 2021. This game is called “Battlefield 2042” which has real-time destructive weather like tornados. The in-game map supports up to 128 players.
You can play this video game on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox X/S series. Developers focused on squad play in this new Battlefield game.
Electronic Arts, a renowned game developer, is planning to release Battlefield on phones. You can play this anticipated multiplayer game from your Android phones or iPhones.
However, the release date of Battlefield Mobile is still unknown. It can be expected that the video game will be released in 2023.