Battlefield games in order: By release date and timeline

Battlefield: Bad Company computer game

BATTLEFIELD has been releasing new updates and versions of the game for almost 20 years now.

The game lets players conquer and defend areas while trying to take over others too with the use of military jets and several war machines.

Battlefield games release order

The game was first released back in 2002 and in 2019 the release of Battlefield V saw the game sell 7.3 million copies.

Its main competitor in the gaming industry has to be Call of Duty, as at times Battlefield struggled to keep players happy with releases of new versions.

Let’s take a look at what the creators at EA managed to come up with over the years.

Battlefield 1942

Platforms: PC

Battlefield 1942 was first released on September 10, 2002 and had two expansions: The Road to Rome and Secret Weapons of WWII.

Battlefield was first released in 2002

Players had capture the flag or deathmatch modes to conquest areas.

They had a map which showed capture control points and they had to launch attacks over them to be in command of the area.

A player could also choose what soldier he wanted to act as such as assault, medic, anti-tank, scout or engineer.

Battlefield Vietnam

Platforms: PC

Battlefield Vietnam was released on March 14, 2004.

It was very similar to the first edition but this one enabled passengers to fire from the sides of vehicles and could also air-lift them into battle.

They brought in some new military vehicles and prototype weapons for this version and during the game, one could listen to a licenced soundtrack with songs from Vietnam-based movies.

Battlefield 2

Platforms: PC

Battlefield 2 was released on June 21, 2005.

It’s set in the 21st century and it creates a fictional world war between allies United States and Europe against China who’s paired up with a fictional Middle Eastern Coalition.

The players are given 15 maps – each map has three variations to suit different numbers of players.

More features are added to tackle large-scale battles and it also allowed players to communicate with one another.

Battlefield 2: Modern Combat

Platforms: PS2, Xbox, Xbox360

Released on October 24, 2005, this was the first-ever version to be available on gaming consoles.

The war created in this version sees NATO and China sharing a conflict in Kazakhstan.

It included capturing the flag conquests and 24-player battles with each team having 12 soldiers.

Battlefield 2142

Platforms: PC

This version was released on October 17, 2006 and later a version called Northern Strike was also made available.

Battlefield 2142 created a Cold War, which should not be mixed with the actual one that happened from 1947 till 1991.

This fictional Cold War takes place from 2139 till 2145 in an ice age and the game creates more Sci-fi elements and fictional weapons.

The conflict is between the Pan Asian Coalition and the European Union.

The creators made a multiplayer mode called Titan which saw players have Anti-Titan Missiles to destroy the enemy’s Titan artillery.

Northern Strike featured the Assault lines mode which was similar to conquest mode.

Battlefield: Bad Company

Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

Battlefield: Bad Company was released on June 23, 2008, and is considered one of the fan favourites.

B-Company is a group of trouble makers and it evolves around the life of Private Preston Marlowe who made part of such a clique.

The single-player version is about trying to find treasure while the multiplayer mode requires the users to find gold crates placed in different locations with various strategies.

It is placed in the time of WW2 and goes on till about the 21st century when new versions of it come out later.

Battlefield Heroes

Platforms: PC

Released on June 25, 2009, this was the first game in the EA Play 4 Free series and it featured an alternate timeline similar to that of WW2.

For the first time ever, it also featured a third-person shooter view and it had very unique graphics when compared to other games in the franchise.

One could compare this game to Fortnite.

The unbalanced pay-to-win system ruined the game and forced it to shut down in 2015.

Battlefield 1943

Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

The game released on July 8, 2009, follows Battlefield 1942, the first ever version of the game.

It doesn’t have a single-player story and only has multiplayer modes with three maps.

If one enters Air Superiority mode they will have access to a fourth map.

It included features such as unlimited ammo and regaining health over time.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

Bad Company 2 was released on March 2, 2010, and it revisited the timeline created in the first Bad Company.

It has a more intense single-player mode but still keeps some of the elements from the first version created.

It is set in WW2, when the B-Company is searching for some of their team whose trapped behind enemy lines.

Battlefield 3

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

Released on October 25, 2011, Battlefield 3 introduces the War of 2014 while following up from the war events that happened in Battlefield 2.

On PC, it can support 64 players playing against each other while the single-player mode includes some co-op missions.

It introduces an upgraded Frostbite 2.0 engine and features such as destruction and lighting elements.

Battlefield 4

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One

Released on October 29, 2013, Battlefield 4 covers the war of 2020 which follows up from the previous edition.

Destruction is bigger than ever thanks to the upgrade to Frostbite 3 while Commander mode in multiplayer also made a return.

The players can get in the way of their opponents by alternating the map.

It had several expansion backs such as Final Stand, China Rising and Night Operations.

Battlefield Hardline

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One

Unlike the other games, this one was developed by Visceral Games instead of EA and it didn’t follow a war timeline.

Instead, Battlefield Hardline – released on March 17, 2015 – shows police fight crime against criminals in the United States.

It goes on from 2012 to 2016 and a single-player mode will enable the user to arrest robbers while multiplayer modes offer opportunities to conduct heists.

Battlefield 1

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Battlefield 1 – released on October 21, 2016 – is considered as one of the best games in the franchise, covering the period of World War One and the Interwar period.

It is a great portrayal of WW1 thanks to the use of poison gas and flamethrowers while one of the things that makes it most unique is the use of horses.

It features one of the best single-player modes as it enables you to live the story of the different characters throughout the war.

Battlefield V

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Released on November 20, 2018, Battlefield V returns to WW2 and includes many similar features to Battlefield 1.

It also enables the players to modify their weapons and vehicles.

Battlefield 2042

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S

The latest Battlefield release saw a war in the 21st century.

Battlefield 2042 was released on October 22, 2021.

It shows the downfall of Europe, which starts with Baltic Firestorms in Latvia in 2028, economic crisis globally and then in 2036 the Second Great Depression hits.

In 2035, the European Union collapses and a space debris surge forces the Blackout of 2040.

In 2042, the War of Mankind begins.

Battlefield timeline order

Battlefield covers the historic war timeline that mankind went through and predicts what we are yet to face with new wars created which are played in future years.

This is the full timelines of Battlefield:

  • Battlefield 1 – Covers WW1 and the Interwar Period from 1914 to 1920
  • Battlefield V – Covers WW2, from 1939 to 1945
  • Battlefield 1942 – Covers mainly WW2 from 1941 to 1945
  • Battlefield 1943 – Covers mainly WW2 from 1941 to 1945
  • Battlefield Vietnam – Covers the Vietnam war from 1955 to 1975
  • Battlefield 2, Battlefield 2: Modern Combat – Covers a fictional war between allies US and Europe against China allied with a fictional Middle East Coalition from 2007 till 2011
  • Battlefield 3 – Covers the War of 2014 following up from Battlefield 2
  • Battlefield 4 – Follows up on Battlefield 3 and covers the War of 2020
  • Battlefield 2042 – Covers the War of Mankind following a period of global crisis
  • Battlefield 2142: Creates a fictional Cold War between the Pan Asian Coalition and the European Union that lasts from 2139 till 2145