Battlefield 2042 pulls a Tarantino with short film called Exodus

If there’s one thing that the 1994 Cannes Film Festival has taught me, it’s that people are willing to kill over a briefcase. Without even knowing what’s in it, individuals are risking their lives for it, all for the sake of a mysterious quest giver. If the penny hasn’t dropped yet, I’m referring to Pulp Fiction, obviously. But it might as well have been Battlefield 2042: Exodus, the short film published by EA. Then again, that one didn’t come out in 1994, but today.

As many of you might already know, Battlefield 2042 will not sport a campaign, which sucks. Especially for me, a notorious noob who can’t even hit a target if it were standing still in front of me. But also because I really enjoy a story-driven game. To compensate for the lack of a good story-driven single-player campaign, EA and DICE felt compelled to give some backstory through a lengthy trailer. Or a short film, as they’d like to call it.

That short film is called Exodus, and just like Tarantino’s masterpiece, everything has to do with a briefcase. Long-time fans of the franchise will see some familiar faces battling over this lethal attaché case, which seems to be of some importance to a few parties. The man in the middle – Kimble “Irish” Graves in this case – is just doing what he’s tasked with, not even knowing what his actions might invoke. Good thing Pakowkski is there to tell him what Oz is up to. Sadly enough, Pak doesn’t tell Irish if Oz looks like a bitch, and nobody’s double-dared to say “what” one more goddamn time.

So there you have it. In just nine minutes, EA and DICE are trying to make you see what you’re gonna be fighting for in October. But let me ask you this. Are you siked after seeing this? Does it justify the absence of a campaign? For me, Battlefield 2042 will still be a no-go for the aforementioned reasons. I’m not spending full-price money on an online-only game, since I suck at them. But hey, it might be a GOTY contender to you, of course.

If you’re still on the fence, you have about two months to make up your mind. Battlefield 2042 will launch on October 22 on PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Series X|S, and PC. Just keep in mind that the Xbox One/PlayStation 4 versions are even more restrictive when it comes to gameplay. Contrary to the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, the last-gen editions won’t support 128-player combat, but merely 64 players at a time. So yeah, you might wanna go for the next-gen version if you get that opportunity. Or as Jules Winfield would say: “Shit negro, that’s all you had to say!”