10th Anniversary: Battlefield 2142 Retrospective

As our 10th anniversary celebrations continue, it’s time to take a closer look at the classic Battlefield 2142, including one of the most memorable trailers for it.


“This video almost functions

as a tutorial for the game”


DICE’s Senior Video Editor Roland Smedberg remembers the making of the trailer: “Like the launch trailer for Battlefield 2, this one was also used as the intro for the game. It also had the same type of opening sequence as Battlefield 2 with the sun and the moon, so there was a clear connection between the two. What I like the most about this trailer is the craftmanship that went into it: I like the angles, the camera movements — it just looks good. We deliberately showed as much of the setting as possible, and the video almost functions as a kind of tutorial for the game. This was also the title where we introduced in-game dog tags for the first time. You can see at the end of the trailer that we show a dog tag that says thanks to our beta testers, which I think was a neat touch. I remember this random YouTube comment where someone said that the trailer alone was worth the price of the game. :)”

Battlefield 2142 retrospective (originally published at www.dice.se)
Now officially an Electronic Arts studio, it was time for DICE to explore new territory. Having placed their previous online shooters in WWI, WWII, the Vietnam War, and modern day settings, Battlefield 2142 took place in a future where a new Ice age has thrown the world into a panic. The soil not covered by ice can only feed a fraction of the Earth’s population, and players choose to fight for one of two military super powers in an epic battle for survival: The European Union or the newly formed Pan Asian Coalition. Introducing a futuristic art style, science fiction weaponry, and the asymmetric game mode Titan, Battlefield 2142 still has a hardcore following that doesn’t want to leave the future behind.

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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  • dominikacz 09.17.13 at 15:37

    Bf 2142 is very good game

  • RS_RedBaron 08.22.13 at 19:07

    This game was a good bf game! I had so much funn. Please Dice\EA make a new 1. On the Frostbite and more of what bf2142 had…and more!

  • sn_250 05.08.13 at 19:53

    how have i never heard of this game…LOL

  • geoarcas 03.21.13 at 15:07

    Nice game but i never manage to play online

  • HBrun-2 10.21.12 at 15:33


  • me_grimlock45 10.21.12 at 12:15

    I gave up Counter Strike, COD, and Medal of Honor, because I got hooked on this game! It was underrated but it will always be my favorite game. They should stop BF4 and BC3 and focus on a BF3142. Nothing better than attacking silos, and blowing up the titan. Please update version on consoles! NPA clan for life!

  • MOTYSHIZ 10.19.12 at 04:38

    This game was underrated like mad.
    Then again, it was a pain to get it running at times…

    I still rate it as one of my favorite games of all time, if not my favorite of all time.

  • Tubbernut 10.18.12 at 17:49

    remake this game on frostbite 2 engine and on multiple platforms for everyone to enjoy, this was my favorite pc game back in the day and is still up there even today

  • Jaketin_97 10.18.12 at 12:32


  • Rasetsumaru 10.05.12 at 23:31

    Whaaaa I love that titan mode I really want it back Just imagine titan on frostbite 3 we players and costumers should join our voices to ask for that game :D!!

    this is for all of Us


    if you are interested read this post and comment, maybe there is a chance for a kind of titan mode on next BF games even a 2143 let’s stick together!! :D

    • Alexanderbb-1994 10.09.12 at 17:43

      agreed 2143 will give battlefield some new blood. Titan mode with frostbite more than AWSOME

    • Blackenedfire 04.11.13 at 04:57

      haha i think its coming anyway :p

  • TheLastRuis 10.03.12 at 10:55

    Best Battlefield in my eye’s . Titan mode was a beast mode . Why not make a Titan mode in BF 3 that would be like great . :D

  • DrKevorkian_OG 09.30.12 at 19:32

    I loved BF2142 (I love all the Battlefied series and have owned/played every one) and never understood why it was not more popular. I too agree it was a unique game but it did have some technical bugs that frustrated a lot of people early on and they just gave up on it. Dice should have invested more in the game than they did…

    I’d echo Archer-Six and the other folks asking for a remake as BF2143, that would be awesome!!!

    Dice, are you listening?

    • DrKevorkian_OG 09.30.12 at 19:38

      And make sure the freaking PC version has Squad speak unlike BF3!!!!! I still cannot understand why the PC version of BF3 doesn’t have voice, it’s ridiculous to make a squad based game and have one version with it and one without…

    • Chirokidz 10.02.12 at 16:51

      Battlefield 3 is MW setting, if Battlefield 4 is MW setting also, it’s not worth getting — but 2143, now that would be awesome.

      And yeah, with the voice chat….

    • Rasetsumaru 10.05.12 at 23:28

      look at this post in forum :D http://battlelog.battlefield.com/bf3/forum/threadview/2832654348255906567/

      I want a titan mode and BF 2143! but we need to open the market for them to develop the game

      • Shirito 10.10.12 at 15:04

        In fact it should be something like 2146 since Northern Strike was set on 2145

  • CPU_UK 09.29.12 at 03:25

    I started with free Wake Island off a US server and have played every BF since. I was lucky enough to be part of the 2142 beta team, so I knew this wasn’t their best game. I may be wrong, but I think this introduced the knifing\ garbbing tags kill option we see today? The only BF I didn’t buy, but saying that this is the only series I come back to when it’s released.

  • Archer-Six 09.28.12 at 02:11

    Look, I’ll state what everyone is thinking about 2142.

    Make a full-fledged remake. I’m talking about more than 10-hour long campaign, co-op missions that have substance, 64-player Online (PC, of course), and a new Frostbite Engine. Give us a 2142 for the ages, because despite what everyone says about BF2, BF2142 was unique, far more so than anything any other video game series has ever given us. Not even Halo can compare to the science-fiction warfare 2142 described.
    Make. This. Game.

  • Robo_Leader 09.28.12 at 00:27

    2142 is STILL my favorite game in the series. It had its technical faults, for sure (movement on Titans with 50+ ping, who can ever forget that) but as a whole it is still the most fun to play. I can’t even begin to count the hours I put into Titan mode, and to this day I think that Camp Gibraltar and Fall of Berlin are two of the best Conquest Assault maps ever made.

    The classes were fantastic as well. I loved how Recon’s dual-nature made it like two classes in one. On one hand, you had a sniper that could protect himself and others with anti-personnel mines, on the other you had a Lambert Carbine-equipped RDX commando who could turn almost invisible.

    I loved just about everything about this game.

    • KvisT1 09.29.12 at 13:44

      Indeed!!! And I miss the commander role and the real squadleader who could set orders everywhere!!

      Please DICE, take it back to the next battlefield game!

  • Roki11 09.27.12 at 23:36

    Maybe the best BF of the series. Incorporated many things then added in other games, such as optical camo and EMP grenades. Titan mode was also the best game mode with assault line game mode (Northern strike) with the awesome Goliath. BF2143 has to return and evolve the battlefield.

  • Doldol 09.27.12 at 23:06

    Best BF hands down, still play it to this day. The Titan is beast. As is the Goliath!

  • cswarrior_16 09.27.12 at 20:46

    the games are allways trying to imitate each one…. the cod bo2 is coming and the btf had to do the same… well but it seemed very cool….

  • Bermbom 09.27.12 at 12:09

    At least 2142 had more balance than BF3 has now.
    No constant jet and helirape in 2142.

    • Bullheaded 09.27.12 at 21:17

      Ya that’s because there is no actual jets or helicopters in 2142 and the anti-air was overpowered one emp AA could drop any airships in the vicinity. It was all about the Battlewalkers in 2142 you could do some serious damage if you knew what to do in one.

    • KvisT1 09.29.12 at 13:45

      WORDS….. that’s why I can’t stand airmaps in bf3 as long as in bf2142..

  • SGTSNIPES 09.27.12 at 11:17

    A new BF2143 would be awsome using the frostbite2 engine,that will be one to look out for.

  • BRIAN 301 09.27.12 at 05:19

    I watched this trailer and immediately went to Origin and purchased BF2142 just now. Truthfully.

  • RealityCheckGA 09.27.12 at 03:46

    This should have been counted as a game as much as a Stand Alone expansion for BF2

  • alienbreedpr 09.26.12 at 23:22

    I played BF2142 for four years with the same clan … I have played BF3 for only 9 months and Im bored of it! DICE you gave us the best BF game in the future (past?)… time me thinks for you to go back to the future and do it again.

  • N-Shifter 09.26.12 at 19:40

    The best game mode in any FPS ever – “Titan Mode” – please, please either try and implement it into BF4 or………..OR make BF: 2143 :)

    • BROKENARROW1960 08.17.13 at 17:36

      I second this motion it is the closest thing to a Mech Warrior game that has a snoballs chance in H-E dbl hockey sticks of making it to a store shelf

  • bf3sucksnow00 09.26.12 at 19:11

    i cant see nothing it’s a white picture

  • GrafOerlikon 09.26.12 at 18:29

    BF2142 was probably the BF I enjoyed the most. It was the most balanced one. Good times on that Monkey-Gamers server.

    • Macinzon 09.26.12 at 19:03

      I totally agree! Team play on Monkey-Gamers was awesome =).

  • James-Parker 09.26.12 at 17:21

    this is a worst battlefield ever… please no remake of this

    • N-Shifter 09.26.12 at 20:01

      Behave yourself, clearly you have no idea what you are talking about.

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  • MinecraftManiac 09.26.12 at 16:48

    the only problem with 2142 now is that almost nobody, at least in Europe, are playing it.

  • Xx_mdmn_uae_xX 09.26.12 at 16:45

    the producers say that bf4 will be in modern day

  • random51888 09.26.12 at 16:43

    Best Battlefield ever, Titan mode was awsome.

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  • ArSj68 09.26.12 at 16:37

    Battlefield 4 FTW!!!