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Battlefield 2042 ‘Battlehub’ teaser reveals classic Bad Company 2 map remaster

An eagle-eyed Battlefield fan has spotted a classic Bad Company 2 map in the teaser for Battlefield 2042’s REDACTED ‘Battlehub’ mode.

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Bad Company 2 map spotted in Battlefield 2042

Battlefield 2042’s “REDACTED” gameplay experience, believed to be titled ‘Battlehub,’ is yet to be revealed. However, a new teaser for the mode appears to confirm that it will feature a classic map from Bad Company 2.

We’re fast approaching October when we’ll finally get to experience the full Battlefield 2042 multiplayer experience. We have a ton of information on the game’s sprawling, dynamic maps, and its lineup of Specialists. However, one multiplayer experience is still “REDACTED” ahead of its reveal at EA Play on July 22.

This mode is believed to be called ‘Battlehub’ and will feature fan-favorite maps from previous Battlefield games. DICE released a short in-game teaser for the mode, and some eagle-eyed fans have spotted a classic Battlefield: Bad Company 2 map inside.

Battlefield Bad Company 2

Industry insider and leaker Tom Henderson has previously reported that Battlefield 2042 would bring back a ton of classic maps in a new game mode. He believes it may be called ‘Battlehub,’ but that may have changed.

His reports were potentially confirmed when DICE revealed that the secret mode is “created as a love letter” to core fans, and allows players to “enter the wide universe of Battlefield.”

We’ll need to wait until EA Play on July 22 for the full reveal, but Reddit user and small YouTuber VickeP_ spotted something interesting in Battlefield 2042’s in-game teaser.

Among the distorted images, VickeP_ spotted some landmarks that bear striking resemblance to Bad Company 2’s Valparaiso map.

Valparaiso was a hectic Rush map, where players would need to advance through several distinct landmarks such as a fishing village and lighthouse. This map provided the true Battlefield experience, with vehicles, assault troopers, and snipers all having their role to play. From its featuring in the in-game teaser, we can expect that Valparaiso will receive a remaster in Battlefield 2042.

Henderson has listed several of the other classic maps he believes will be remastered in Battlefield 2042, such as:

  • Metro
  • Locker
  • Wake Island
  • Siege of Shanghai
  • Arica Harbor
  • Caspian Border

Much more will be revealed about Battlefield 2042’s ‘Battlehub’ mode at EA Play, but it’s shaping up to be an exciting new addition to the franchise.

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Call of Duty players want a Battlefield Portal inspired mode in the future

After FPS fans were blown away by Battlefield Portal’s reveal, Call of Duty fans want to see a similar mode in the future.

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Battlefield Portal and Modern Warfare 2

Battlefield 2042’s REDACTED mode was finally announced at EA Play: Battlefield Portal. This is a hub for content from previous Battlefield games, and Call of Duty players want to see a similar mode in the future.

Like Battlefield, Call of Duty has depicted various theatres of war over the years, both real and fictional. Although Battlefield 2042 is set in the near future, as a throwback for long-time fans of the franchise, they’ve included Battlefield Portal.

This brings weapons, maps, vehicles, and more from Battlefield 1942, Bad Company 2, and Battlefield 3 into one, ultimate sandbox experience. Impressed with the new mode, Call of Duty fans have been asking for a similar experience.

Battlefield Portal vehicles

Call of Duty fans have been desperate for remasters of their favorite games from the franchise, with Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer being the most prominent. Black Ops Cold War is chock-full of maps from Black Ops 2, but players still want to see more content from the games they grew up with.

Battlefield 2042 found the solution to this with their new Portal mode. With access to a ton of content from previous Battlefield games, players can create almost any custom game mode they can dream up.

“And that’s how you incorporate remastered content into your game,” said renowned industry insider Tom Henderson after seeing the reveal. He followed this by theorizing that Call of Duty will create something similar in the “next 5 years.”

His theory was met with resounding excitement, with many Call of Duty players wanting to see their favorite multiplayer and Zombies experiences return in the same way.

Battlefield Portal “truly could be the next BIG THING for creators,” said popular YouTuber Chaosxsilencer. “Imagine a Call of Duty Portal with BO2, BO3, WaW, MW2, MW3 assets all usable and customizable.”

“The custom game options available with #BATTLEFIELD2042 and the Battlefield Portal are amazing. So many options and ways to be creative and have fun,” said Call of Duty news account ModernWarzone. “@RavenSoftware we need things like this in Warzone, especially with Battlefield announcing this today.”

With how extensive of a backlog Call of Duty has, it’s very likely that Activision will take inspiration from Battlefield’s exciting new mode – and the demand for it is certainly there.

If you can’t wait to play Battlefield 2042, you can check out how to get access to the Open Beta in September.

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How to play Battlefield 2042 Open Beta

Now that Battlefield 2042 has been officially revealed, here’s how you can play the upcoming massive-scale multiplayer experience’s open beta.

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Battlefield 2042 tank and players

Battlefield 2042 is confirmed to have an Open Beta, allowing players to get a taste of the massive battles ahead of its official launch. Here’s how you can play the Open Beta and access it early.

Now that the wait is over and Battlefield 2042 has officially been revealed, it’s time to start wondering when you can get your hands on the next installment of the blockbuster franchise. 

The game is on the slate for an October 22, 2021 launch, but DICE also has plans for an Open Beta ahead of its launch. With the latest showcase at EA Play Live, the developers revealed a more specific time for when players can get their hands on the Beta and subsequently the new Specialists, massive maps, and new game modes

Here’s everything we know about Battlefield 2042’s Open Beta. 

Battlefield 2042 Open Beta

How to access Battlefield 2042 Open Beta

As well as announcing Battlefield Portal, during Battlefield 2042’s showcase for EA Play Live on July 22, DICE officially announced that players can expect the Open Beta in September of this year.

Battlefield V’s beta happened a month before release, with those who preordered the game getting two days of early access. Battlefield 2042 is expected to follow the same model, with the developers confirming that those who preorder the game will be able to play first.

Battlefield 2042 is on the slate for October 22, and although it isn’t a pinpoint date, we can officially expect the Open Beta to drop in September 2021.

Battlefield 2042 Open Beta

If you’ve preordered the game, you’ll get early access to a Closed Beta, likely a couple of days ahead of the Open Beta’s launch. If you haven’t preordered the game, don’t worry, as you won’t have to spend a penny to play the Open Beta. It will likely appear on your platform of choice’s store as a free download. 

There is also no confirmation if the Open Beta will be available for both those playing the Xbox One/PS4 and Xbox Series X/PS5 editions. 

Stay tuned to Charlie INTEL and @BravoINTEL for all updates on Battlefield 2042.

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Battlefield Portal: Classic maps, weapons & custom game modes coming to Battlefield 2042

Here’s everything you need to know about the Battlefield 2042 Battlefield Portal, including the returning classic maps and weapons.

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Battlefield Portal El Alamein map gameplay

DICE and Ripple Effect have finally revealed Battlefield 2042’s “REDACTED” mode: Battlefield Portal. Here’s everything you need to know about Battlefield Portal, including the returning maps, weapons, and gadgets from classic titles. 

Ahead of Battlefield 2042’s official reveal, fans clamored for everything from a new Bad Company title to a Battlefield 3 Remake. Ripple Effect, who were previously DICE LA, were listening and crafted a “love letter” to those fans: Battlefield Portal. 

Battlefield Portal is a brand-new experience for 2042 that brings back maps, weapons, and more from classic Battlefield titles such as 1942 and Bad Company 2.

Here’s everything you need to know about Battlefield Portal, including all confirmed content and the game mode builder system. 

What is Battlefield Portal? 

Battlefield Portal game mode BF2042

Battlefield Portal brings back classic maps, weapons, gadgets, and more from previous Battlefield titles for the ultimate sandbox experience. 

Content from Battlefield 1942, Bad Company 2, and Battlefield 3 will play alongside Battlefield 2042’s content, which will lead to some unique and crazy modes and experiences. 

You can choose to either play the ‘Official Experiences’ crafted by Ripple Effect or take advantage of ‘Community Experiences,’ where the playerbase has free rein to build whatever game mode they can come up with. The British Army from WW2 could fight 2042’s Specialists in Arica Harbor, or you could play “Gun Game with weapons throughout history.”

Although being a unique experience, devs confirmed that it’s still part of Battlefield 2042, and you’ll gain experience and progress the Battle Pass even while playing in Portal modes. 

Read on for every confirmed map, weapon, vehicle, and example of all the whacky game modes players can build. 

All Battlefield Portal maps 

Six Classic Maps coming to Battlefield Portal in Battlefield 2042
  • Battle of the Bulge (BF 1942)
  • El Alamein (BF 1942)
  • Arica Harbor (Bad Company 2)
  • Valparaiso (Bad Company 2)
  • Caspian Border (Battlefield 3)
  • Noshahr Canals (Battlefield 3)

Not only will these classic maps feature in Battlefield Portal, but all seven of Battlefield 2042’s launch maps will also be there. All of the upcoming DLC maps will come to Portal too. 

These fan-favorite Battlefield maps have been “optimized for next-gen quality and graphics,” and players can even add destruction that wasn’t there originally. 

While playing on PC and next-gen consoles (PS5 and Xbox Series X|S), these classic maps can be pushed to feature 128 players. However, those on PS4/Xbox One will be limited to 64 players. 

As for players creating their own maps, Ripple Effect said they’d “see what happens in the future,” but it’s not something that they’re focusing on for launch. 

All classic weapons & gadgets coming to Battlefield Portal 

While playing these classic maps, an arsenal of fan-favorite weapons and gadgets will also come to Battlefield Portal. 

Fans can take various weapons and gadgets from Battlefield 1942, Bad Company 2, and Battlefield 3 into the Portal modes. In total, there are over 40 weapons and 30 gadgets from these games coming to Battlefield Portal, as well as all of 2042’s content. 

You can check out Ripple Effect’s list of all confirmed weapons, but here are some standout examples: 

  • Battlefield 1942
    • Thompson 
    • M1 Garand 
    • MP40
    • STG 44
    • K98 Sniper 
    • Bazooka 
  • Bad Company 2 
    • M416
    • G3
    • PP-2000
    • SPAS-12
    • M24 Sniper
    • GOL Sniper Magnum
  • Battlefield 3
    • AS VAL
    • AKS-74u 
    • M16A3
    • ACW-R
    • MP412 REX
    • M98B

These weapons have been rebalanced to make sure they’re “normalized around the 2042 values.” So, the WW2 weapons should be much more in line with the modern-day weapons, but, Ripple Effect have given players the choice of switching to “historical values.” 

The devs explained that in Bad Company 2, “the balance between weapons, infantry, and vehicles was very different to today.” They described how the game made you feel “more like a superhero in a way,” and they want to recreate this feeling with historical tweaks. By enabling the historical settings, they want you to “feel like you felt in Bad Company 2.” 

For gadgets, there will be over thirty coming to Battlefield Portal from the previous titles, alongside those from 2042. 

Here are some examples: 

  • Battlefield 1942
    • EXPPACK
    • Landmine
    • Wrench
    • Binoculars
    • Medkit 
  • Battlefield Bad Company 2
    • Defibrillator 
    • Mortar Strike 
    • Repair Tool
    • AT Mine 
    • Motion Sensor
  • Battlefield 3
    • SOFLAM
    • C4
    • M18 Claymore
    • SMAW
    • T-UGS

All classic vehicles coming to Battlefield Portal

As well as all of these returning weapons and gadgets, over 40 classic vehicles will also be coming to Battlefield Portal. With how technology has advanced, expect some whacky combinations, such as Spitfires dogfighting Little Birds.

Here are some standout classic vehicles coming to Battlefield Portal: 

  • Battlefield 1942
    • B-17 Bomber
    • Spitfire
    • M4 Sherman
    • M3 Halftrack
    • Tiger 1
  • Bad Company 2
    • UAV-1
    • M1114
    • M3A3 Bradley 
    • UH-60
    • T-90
  • Battlefield 3
    • AH-64 APACHE
    • Mi-28 Havoc
    • AH-BJ Little Bird
    • M1161 ITV
    • M1A2

Ripple Effect confirmed that the number of vehicles in custom modes will be limited: “You can spawn maybe 40 vehicles, but not 128.” 

Battlefield Portal custom game mode builder

Battlefield Portal custom game mode

One of the most exciting aspects of Battlefield Portal is the custom mode creation feature. With the help of Ripple Effect’s mode builder, Battlefield fans can create various weird, wonderful, and even competitive game modes. 

The devs described how players can create Gun Game, Infected, and even pit teams from various titles against each other. For example, a 1942 army could take on a 2042 army. 

Ripple Effect appears to have thought of everything to allow players to create their own mode; there’s a casual builder and even complex visual scripting for “advanced builders.” 

Caspian Border in Battlefield 2042 Battlefield Portal

Tompen Andersson, a Game Developer at Ripple Effect, said that he’s most excited to see the “what if scenarios.” Such as could a “Russian tank survive an onslaught of say 20 EOD bots,” or would modern soldiers be able to take on double the amount of 1942 soldiers?

To top it off, designing game modes is completely free, and you’ll still gain XP while playing in them. However, they said they’re working on systems to prevent players from creating XP farm game modes. 

DICE and Ripple Effect confirmed that an Open Beta will be held in September for players on all platforms, so you can check out how to play in the Battlefield 2042 Beta

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