10th Anniversary: Battlefield 2 Retrospective

The 10th anniversary celebrations continue! We are showcasing classic trailers from the series, and now the turn has come to Battlefield 2 from 2005. Below is the launch trailer for Battlefield 2, created by DICE Senior Video Editor Roland Smedberg.


“In this trailer we wanted to show

a lot of ways to take out a base”


Roland Smedberg remembers: “For the Battlefield 2 launch trailer, we really wanted to show a lot of ways you can take out a base in multiplayer. The trailer pretty much shows what could happen in a round of Conquest, and it was also used as the actual intro to the game. We wanted to get across that you had everything at your disposal from jets to helicopters and tanks and infantry. I think we still managed to get some humor in there with a few neat idle animations in the soldiers.”

Battlefield 2 Retrospective (originally pulished at www.dice.se)
One of the most loved games in the series, Battlefield 2 took what made the series great and made everything bigger, better, and deeper in a modern day era. Featuring three playable forces and more than 30 vehicles, players could engage in all-out vehicle warfare in some of the biggest 64-player matches ever to grace a PC.

Battlefield 2 featured immense environments from city streets to remote forests, and introduced maps that have acquired legendary status and are still played today, including Strike at Karkand. Battlefield 2 also introduced the concept of a deep persistence system where players unlock ranks and awards and gradually unlock weapons as they earn experience on the battlefield.

This was also the game that took team play to a new level. Squads commanded by squad leaders were introduced, as well as a Commander on each team to guide their team to victory and support them with a multitude of intelligence and assets. An even heavier emphasis was placed on team play, as players now also received points for team actions like healing.

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences presented Battlefield 2 with three awards: PC Game of the Year, Outstanding Achievement: Online Game Play, and First-Person Action Game of the Year. Other prestigious awards for Battlefield 2 include Technical Excellence Award 2005 from Gamespy, Game of the Year 2005 from PC Gamer, Best Online/Multiplayer Game 2005 from 1up.com, and Editor’s Choice Best PC Game 2005 from Gamespot.

Follow us on the Battlefield Blog as we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Battlefield with classic trailers, game retrospectives, classic concept art, and more. Every post celebrating the anniversary will be tagged “10th Anniversary”. Also, make sure you pick up the celebratory Battlefield 1942 wallpapers and anniversary logo from our previous blog post.

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  • FathomsDown 03.07.13 at 13:36

    I loved BF2 but, initially, missed many of the features that BF1942 had such as the heavy bombers and ships which made it feel so epic. The expansion packs soon made up for the slightly slower game play and I soon racked up more hours on BF2 than any other BF game.

    The sad thing for me is that BF2 marked a high point in the series with each game getting steadily dumbed down and less entertaining. I did like BFBC2 as it had its own feel to it rather than follow the declining BF style. I just hope BF4 goes back to the series’ roots with more classes, different equipment (such as tear gas, night vision goggles, grappling hooks, etc.) and more large vehicle action. Oh, and I hope it gets properly play tested this time!

  • SpeedLight357 12.21.12 at 17:33

    So far, the best BF i’ve played…please make it back for free…

  • Polux06 11.19.12 at 02:43

    BF2..the game i liked the most..
    BBC/BBC2/BF3 never achieved it…
    Everyone i know (playing the genre) always hoped for a new BF2 every time a new BF came out.. always resulting in deception.

    I agree with what ppl are saying… less COD more BF… even if the market is there for the Callofduty..there’s a reason why some ppl prefer/stick to the Battlefield series.

    BF2 was to the Battlefield series what San Andreas was for GTA… an apogee from which point it went downhill.. after that we lost all the new features that they had very well integrated..

    and bring back the ability to play music like in Battelfield vietnam.. ;p

    thing that i miss in the BF series:

    the ability to lift vehicles from vietnam
    the music that we could play in vietnam
    the commander seat in BF2
    the ability to call for transport/supply/airstrike
    the quick command/answer menu.. was useful for ppl not using a mic..

    i wish for bigger squad..maybe 6 pl…

    my 2 cents..

  • Gijs Konings 10.10.12 at 12:58

    If you make Battlefield 4 more like Battlefield 2 instead Battlefield 3 more Bad Company 2 is. I will ensure you, you will make more money than the Call of Duty franchise. Friends of mine who don’t have Battlefield 3 (just a few) didn’t buy it because it is not like Battlefield 2. Yes Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 3 are awesome, but I can speak for the most fans out here that it isn’t better than Battlefield 2. Still you did a great job with Battlefield 3 (and also I can’t wait for Battlefield 4 and Bad Company 3).

    • Killerdoomsky 11.06.12 at 02:50

      BF3 made the series pop to cod fanboys, bout it. BF was a good game since BF1942. nuf said.

  • Lord Brewster 09.28.12 at 17:05

    I never played BF2, was it really that good? Having fallen in love the series after playing BFBC 1&2 I bought an old copy of Battlefield 2 Modern Combat on the Xbox 360. It was terrible!
    If BF2 was so good, how about a BF2 HD multi-player rerun for Xbox Live using the frostbite 2 engine? BF 1943 is looking a little tired and old now, especially with the stunning visuals you get in BF3.

    • Sting1279 10.28.12 at 04:54

      Yes, it was that good. Gameplay was second to none. Never got bored playing that game. Can’t say the same for BF3.

  • EvilElvis-IRL 09.28.12 at 14:58

    Miss playing as commander. Battlefield 2 was the best, nothing has come close since IMO

  • Kapn-Karl 09.27.12 at 14:00

    1500 hours and I still enjoy playing it from time to time..It never gets stale

    BF3 is like bread after you left the bag open overnight..

    There are many things that could have made BF3 a true sequel..But what we all received, other than a bunch of lies and deceit, was a true sequel to BC2..

  • MajorWolfenstein 09.27.12 at 07:51

    Make BF3 more like BF2

  • RealityCheckGA 09.27.12 at 03:44

    I agree with Baskerballe aswell

  • RealityCheckGA 09.27.12 at 03:40

    Man the commander mode and Squad things were way better in BF2 than BF3 . And there was still mod support and I was able to make maps. Sad these features were left out of BF3

  • RealityCheckGA 09.27.12 at 03:37

    This game caused me to build a crazy PC for it at that time

  • TheCodifier 09.26.12 at 22:00

    The most memorable Battlefield game for me.

  • X-Solarity 09.26.12 at 20:17

    Bring back the PLA, MEC, EU, and probably make new realistic factions like N. Korea/S. Korea, along with new maps for those factions. And please, PLEASE don’t make the in-game loading stories so bloody biased against the other faction, (i.e: BF2) or make it sound like it “Already” happened like in BF2142. Make it neutral like you did with BF1942, quit making one faction “The Good Guys” all the time, make the faction stories interesting so we can actually start liking to be part of “Other Guys.”

  • BEY0NDER 09.26.12 at 20:13

    The game that took suicide-bomber to another level. BF3 aint bad, its no BF2, of course not. Could it use some more tweaking, sure. Could it use COMMANDER, sure. The ports dont help much either. But, it is a different time for gaming too. Also trying to COMPETE with ACTIVISION and TREYARCH arent helping the BF series much either. So, instead of worrying about what some OTHER game devs are working on, maybe its time you go back to the drawing board for the next BF and start churning out those GENIUS ideas your team had almost a decade ago. You have an extremely loyal fan-base, DICE. Keep it going strong…

  • EvilMonkey xvx 09.26.12 at 20:06

    I agree with auslaender80, What happened to the commander position? Will we see similar gadgets as in the Special Forces add-on of yore?
    The Artillery barrage was a realistic and very real tool/danger on any battlefield.
    As for lack of teamplay…it has little to do with the mechanics of the game but everything to do with selfish stat-mongers and chicken-poop players.
    When I played BF2 with friends we hated the Team Voip because most of the time all we heard was kids shouting “WTF?” into the mic every time they got killed by unseen enemies. Run and gun solo gamers get crappier K/D ratios than true team players. And true team players can fight co-op and co-ord without the need for a single word uttered.
    People need to learn about the target labeling feature, which highlights the enemy in orange allowing you and the rest of your team to suppress and kill the bad guys easier.

  • PROTYPEcc 09.26.12 at 19:28

    I agree with “Baskerballe”!

  • auslaender80 09.26.12 at 15:57

    Wow no mention of the commander which everyone loved and is now gone. Plus the SPecial Forces Expansion was really cool- you could use grappling hooks and things like that.

  • Zen_Shot 09.25.12 at 20:12

    Hey DICE!! Why no mention of Trauma Studios? Are you embarrassed or ashamed of what you did to those guys?

    Folks, here be truth: Trauma Studios were the mod development team behind that most popular of BF1942 mods, Desert Combat. Those guy took BF1942 from it’s WWII setting and placed it firmly into a modern warfare scenario. Not only that, but the Desert Combat modded BF1942 arguably became more popular online than BF1942 itself. DICE liked (or envied) what they did so much, they bought the company, Victor Kiam style (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Kiam)

    DICE then proceeded to milk Trauma Studios for all of the assets, models etc. they had created in Desert Combat, which were then built upon, with Traumas help, to create what we know today as Battlefield 2. How did DICE repay the team they had bought and employed to help make BF2? They closed Trauma down and sacked the lot of them that’s how. In truth, there would probably have been no BF2 or Bad Company or BF3 if not for the efforts of those great modders from Trauma Studios.

    They were eventually taken on by THQ and changed their name to KAOS Studios and made the not too successful Frontlines: Fuel of War and Homefront. Kaos Studios never really recovered from the whole BF2/DICE debacle and closed down on June 13, 2011.

    At the very least, they deserve a mention as being a massive influence upon the Battlefield community and in the development of the Battlefield series as a whole. Shame on you DICE.


    • Zen_Shot 09.28.12 at 15:01

      Sure taking your time “moderating” this post. Problem?

  • Baskerballe 09.25.12 at 16:06

    DICE you have done a good job with all the battlefield games with your future thinking and developing. BUT!, Battlefield 3 was huge dissapointment for me and lots of my friends. The graphics was insane but the gameplay? We were all Battlefield veterans and we played Battlefield 2 alot. The teamplay there was so extremly awesome there and first of all, you couldn’t “run n’ gun”. You had to be with your squad and now 80% that kills me is an assault guy with an M16 bunnyjumping around and has K/D ratio of 47-13.

    EA has destroyed you DICE. I play on PC and in all other Battlefield games you had an in-game voip. The voip was the core of the teamplay. You joined a squad and started to communicate with them wich made the gaming experience so much funnier. And for no reason you just replace that with a battlelog voip wich you only can invite friends to?

    Since Battlefield Bad Company 2 you went from teamplay to lonewolfing. Bad company 1 had the BF2 feeling in it but in BC:2 it dissapeared.

    You haven’t released all the DLC’s yet but you already announce Battlefield 4?

    If you don’t realise that your teamplay concept is slowly breaking up then im a afraid that you will lose a lot of Battlefield Veterans and faithful gamers.

    My best friend has boycotted Battlefield just becouse of the lack of teamplay in Battlefield 3.

    You can do better than this DICE!

    Im not speaking for myself, im speaking for all of my friends and gamers around the world that misses the old Battlefield feeling.

    I really hope that you guys will read this. Have a nice day!

    Med vänliga hälsningar: Johan från Göteborg.

    PS: You did a really awesome job with the singleplayer. Keep it that way! :) DS.

    • WarFox89 09.25.12 at 16:23

      Just because of this coment i decided to log in and say that i’m totaly agree with this, please Dice don’t give up on the BF legendary series just to please new-comers, even with the same core team play that always was in the game – BF will always will be a great series and new players will come in. you have done a great work with the hm.. i dare say most popular online FPS game of all times just keep this way and i hope to see here in about 10 years from now a new blog post called “Battlefield 20th Anniversary” .

    • Bob_Juan_Santos 09.26.12 at 05:48

      Just because of this comment i decided to log in and say that I totally disagree with this, please Dice don’t give up on the what makes the current BF legendary just to please “veterans”, even with the new core team play that always was in the game, but more streamlined and easy to use – BF will always will be a great series and new players will come in. you have done a great work with the hm.. i dare say most popular online FPS game of all times just keep this way and i hope to see here in about 10 years from now a new blog post called “Battlefield 20th Anniversary”

    • SGTslash12 09.26.12 at 14:55

      But if you have so freakin much problems with the game, quit it! whiner

    • PROTYPEcc 09.26.12 at 19:27

      I agree with “BaskerBalle”!

    • Aelim 09.26.12 at 19:32

      I have to agree with the comments on the lack of voip in battlefield 3. For a game that advertises itself on the strengths of its team play (http://www.battlefield.com/battlefield3/1/true-teamplay) which I admit is still very good. It would be improved considerably with the return of this essential feature of modern shooters.

      This issue has been discussed at great length in forums and blogs and I’ve never heard a reasonable explanation as to why it would be omitted in favour of the current friends’ only voice comms. However, I do hope that lessons will have been learnt and this feature that made battlefield 2 so great will return in 4.

  • szrz 09.25.12 at 12:50

    The DICE problem now is lack of genuine ideas like they had in case of BF1942 and BF2.
    There is nothing genius about bf3.
    Trying to fake COD does not bring them anywhere

    • Bob_Juan_Santos 09.26.12 at 05:51

      The DICE problem now is lack of genuine ideas like they had in case of BF1942 and BF2 and BC2.
      There is nothing genius about bf3, but more of a refinement of the whole series.
      Trying to take a page or two from COD does bring in more players, with features like customization and smoother gun-play.

  • szrz 09.25.12 at 12:47

    Ahh this was the best Battlefield. When I think of it now I want to destroy my bf3 copy , burn it and piss on it.

    • Bob_Juan_Santos 09.26.12 at 05:52

      Ahh this was a great Battlefield. When I think of it now I want to play my copy of BF3 even more, since it’s so much smoother than before.

  • SGTSNIPES 09.25.12 at 10:57

    ive enjoyed every BF game to date,good job dice u cant please everybody…

  • SCUDERIA07 09.25.12 at 07:35

    I feel that this is the best BF game to date, if not the best FPS ever to date. This game nailed it and is still loads of fun to play.

  • TheSGTkrusha 09.25.12 at 00:45

    I was late to playing battlefield, mainly because I am pretty young but the first time I played any battlefield was this with my dad. So much fun when your a ten year old!

  • kennyuk77 09.24.12 at 21:31

    Best. Game. EVER.

  • Puttepysen 09.24.12 at 18:41

    Awh, i really miss that “Welcome to duty”

  • JohnnyBNL 09.24.12 at 17:24

    One of the best Battlefield games i have ever played! Battlefield 2 was just amazing! Spend more than 500+ hours in that game. Now please, i would like to see Battlefield 1943 for PC on Frostbite 2 as a full release title.

  • Ocrap 09.24.12 at 17:16

    My favorite game ever. I still play it. Here’s my question. With bf2 there was the online demo. The BEST marketing tool of all time. That’s how i discovered it! I doubt i get a response or this even gets noticed. But still. Why not have a demo for bf3? With the price of games these days many wanna try before they buy. Shoot for bf2-esq with bf4. That’s all.

    • Crisp 09.24.12 at 18:48

      Because if BF3 had a demo, no one would buy it after playing it.

      • l Frothy Chimp 09.25.12 at 04:42

        Yeah, because it’s not like they had a beta or anything…..

    • Deadbolt65 09.25.12 at 01:19

      Amen to that. Gulf of Oman 15 minute games? That mess hooked me. But in response to the other guy… You’re right. BF3 was buggy when released, meaning the demo would have been just as bad or worse. But if they could in some way match the effect that the BF2 demo had, it would be legendary.

  • l-ZETA-l 09.24.12 at 17:11

    Here’s my question to EA/DICE, why the fuck did you fire the BF2 development team after release?, douche much?.

    • Bob_Juan_Santos 09.26.12 at 05:56

      Considering that Kaos Studio’s (the team that helped develop BF2, and the guys that got fired) later games such as Frontline and Homefront didn’t do that hot, I don’t think it’s much of a surprise that they got fired, hell, maybe it’s a good thing

      Mind you Frontlines and Homefront weren’t bad games, but they were not spectacular either.
      Solid games, people should give it a try at least

  • Rasetsumaru 09.24.12 at 17:09

    Please Please I beg you!!!, BF 2142!! :D

    • Goreblessed 09.25.12 at 04:07

      I think you mean BF 2143, am I right? :)

      And yes, that would completely ROCK!

  • Webke 09.24.12 at 16:40

    “This was also the game that took team play to a new level. ”

    you can learn a lot from this game … why did it go downhill for battlefield 3?

    • Clavus 09.24.12 at 16:56

      Ugh, it’s always these reactions. Battlefield 3 is an amazing product, there’s nothing ‘downhill’ about it. I do know where you’re coming from though. There’s no more love for the modding community, which is a sad thing. Battlefield 3 will be forgotten once the next titles in the franchise take over because there won’t be any modding to keep it fresh. The same thing happened to Bad Company 2.

      • Webke 09.24.12 at 19:56

        i’m coming from that it’s no longer the same game as the rest of the franchise was. because they focused mainly on console and getting cod players to buy theyre game. the maps have shrunk, gameplay changed, teamplay removed (SL importance, commander, no voip), …

        yes it’s an amazing game, i agree with you, but imo it’s not worthy the name ‘battlefield 3’ only armored kill is.

      • NahYoChill 09.25.12 at 07:11

        there’s plenty that’s “downhill” about it. so many essentials were/are missing. even if Commander Mode was implemented in BF3, and the CommoRose was working from the launch date, in-game VOIP is still missing.

      • Leopardi 09.25.12 at 07:55

        Saying BF3 didn’t go downhill from BF2 in many things is just blind fanboyism and inability to think objectively. You just can’t combat facts with fanboyism.

    • Bob_Juan_Santos 09.26.12 at 05:58

      “This was also the game that took team play to a new level. ”

      you can learn a lot from the current game … why it’d be great to take some lessons form BF3 and 2 and make the next title move uphill.