Battlefield 2042 is multiplayer only, so the maps are therefore the basis of play at least until more content is released post-launch. Now, this is a Battlefield game, so everyone assumed the maps would be large. But then we heard about EA's plans to fill public lobbies with bots to make sure all 128 player slots were filled. So yeah, the end result is a bunch of absolutely huge maps. Probably too big actually…
How Big Are The Battlefield 2042 Maps?
Thanks to a useful graphic that Dice showcased, we get an idea of the exact map sizes in Battlefield 2042 compared to a few older maps. See for yourself:
Most of the comparisons are to BFV maps, and for those unfamiliar, here are the relative sizes of BFV maps:
For three of the seven new maps, they are compared instead to BF3's Noshahr Canals and Caspian Border, and BF 1942's El Alamein. Now, Caspian Border is in the graphic above alongside BFV's maps. El Alamein from way back in Battlefield 1942 is known to be ever so slightly larger than Sinai from BF1, so on this map, it would be the same diagonal length as Hamada but square. The Noshahr Canals was a relatively small map for BF3 at about 2/3 the size of Arras on the image above.
Based on this information, we were able to give a rough estimate of size for the Battlefield 2042 maps. And when the game launched, we could confirm the following sizes:
- Kaleidoscope: 0.21 km2
- Discarded: 0.64 km2
- Orbital: 0.78 km2
- Borderline: 0.81 km2
- Manifest: 0.92 km2
- Hourglass: 1.2 km2
- Irreversible: 1.93 km2
These figures are in line with what we expected from a Battlefield game, although none of them are large enough for a BR at present.
How Do Battlefield 2042 Maps Compare To Verdansk?
Using the known size of Verdansk's map squares (373m2 or about 0.14km2) we can fairly easily calculate how large the Battlefield 2042's maps are by comparison. The smallest map, Kaleidoscope, is about one and a half Verdansk squares, which equates fairly evenly to the size of Farmland. And the largest map, Irreversible, is about 14 squares worth in Verdansk, or the size of the space on the West of the map from Airport down to the bottom of Hills. Here's a graphic to give you an idea of map size:
As you can see, the seven maps combined equal about the size of the playable area of Verdansk, which is more than enough to be getting on with until Season drops…