DICE senior designer Niklas Åstrand, with an assist from Battlefield fans, has been sharing some fun facts on the Battlefield franchise on Twitter recently. Åstrand wrapped up his current #BFFunFact Twitter thread with a chart comparing the size of every multiplayer map in the franchise. From the smallest (Berlin in Battlefield 1942) to the biggest (Halvoy in Battlefield V’s Firestorm).
There are some surprises here. Maps that feel big like Caspian Border or Monte Grappa sit in the middle of the size comparison. Several maps from Battlefield 2 and Battlefield 1942 are clustered near the top. Halvoy sits uncontested at the top, but it doesn’t count. The only thing eclipsing that anytime soon will be another Firestorm map.
Man, looking back on the chart brings back memories. Remember Damavand Peak? That Battlefield 3 trailer showing players base jumping was so damn awesome.
I know we’re only about six months out from Battlefield V’s release date, but can we hurry up and get another modern Battlefield?
Niklas also tweeted out the same chart but colored the bars by biome.
Here’s the breakdown after counting them up:
40 temperate maps
37 tropical maps (BF Vietnam skews this one)
32 desert maps
10 arctic maps
Battlefield V helped bump the arctic map total with Narvik and Fjell 652, but snow maps still need a lot more love.
Here’s another chart showing the difference in map size for each game.
It’s an interesting look at the design trend over the past few Battlefield games. You get one huge map that stands out from the rest — Panzerstorm in Battlefield V, Sinai Desert in Battlefield 1, and Golmund Railway in Battlefield 4. You can see how DICE has transitioned to having one massive vehicle focused map in the past few Battlefield games. In Battlefield 2 and 3, each had several maps that trended towards this category.
Give Niklas a follow if you want to see more Battlefield facts. He promises another round soon.