This basically looks like modern-day, compared to the CoD near-future setting which had all soldiers wearing exoskeletons and able to double-jump and wall-run...
Really it's the least interesting part IMO.
128 players is far more exciting.
My prediction is that AI soldiers will be added ON TOP of the 128 human players.
One of the most recent things DICE has done is add AI to SWBF2, and they're present in the new Supremacy game mode, where it's 20v20 players, with 12v12 AI, so 64 entities total. And it works surprisingly well, on last-gen consoles too. They even have working AI using tanks, starfighters, special units, and heroes. All 22 Heroes in the game know how to flank, attack, and use their different abilities properly. It's very impressive. DICE has come a long way with their AI, and have put a renewed focus on it in the past 2 years.
After pouring over the 2042 trailer over and over, I think the biggest thing they're communicating is the number of soldiers on-screen at any time.
Sure it's staged to be very cinematic, but it's like total overkill. Even with 2x the player count, the maps are like 4x as big, that would still mean they're 1/2 as full... we're missing something here.
Check out the launch platform of the rocket being launched, there's like 50+ soldiers in a small area, seems ridiculous. Then the street at the end of the trailer as they all notice the tornado at the same time, another 50 soldiers. Madness right? I think it's exaggerated for cinematic purposes, but I also think they're trying to communicate something here.
I think that the total count will be closer to 64 players + 32 AI per team, or even 64 AI per team. So a final count closer to 200. That would actually fill up these massive maps and make them feel full, while at the same time not breaking their servers. They already have AI working perfectly in-game with human players in SWBF2, and it's hard to tell them apart.
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