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Battlefield 2042 dev explains why there will not be Ranked or esports modes at launch

A Battlefield 2042 developer explains why there won’t be any Ranked or esports game modes for the game when it launches later this year.



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Although competitive gaming is only getting more popular, a Battlefield 2042 dev confirmed that the game will not feature esports or Ranked modes at launch. However, it could come later if Portal creates an appetite for it.

Almost every popular FPS game features a competitive mode nowadays. Cold War has League Play, Fortnite has Arena, and Apex Legends has Ranked Leagues, to name but a few. Battlefield 2042 is set to be the next big thing, so naturally, players will be looking for a place to test their skills in a competitive environment.

Although Battlefield has never been known for its competitive scene, there has been some buzz around the competitive modes that players could create in Portal. However, a developer has confirmed that there will be no official esports or Ranked modes in Battlefield 2042 at launch, but they could come later.

Battlefield 2042 Portal Valparaiso map

Battlefield Portal will allow fans to create all sorts of weird and wonderful modes. Of course, esports and the competitive nature of gaming continue to grow, so Battlefield players will want to build their own competitive modes in Battlefield 2042. And with Portal, they can.

However, a senior Ripple Effect dev has confirmed that there will be no official competitive modes at launch, but they could come later if there’s demand.

YouTube channel Battlefield Nation got the chance to speak to Justin Wiebe, the Senior Design Director at Ripple Effect Studios. Battlefield Nation asked, “Thanks to the builder, the community will be able to create esport settings and environments. Is this something that you (DICE / EA) are planning to support?”

“There’s no plan to have any kind of Ranked or esport mode at launch,” explained Wiebe. “This is something that, obviously, we want to hear more about from the community. Again, I’m using this phrase a lot, but if that’s something that’s important to the community, we’d like to hear about it. And we’ll kind of see what happens after that.”

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So while there are no official plans to create a competitive mode in Battlefield 2042 or Portal, it’s not impossible we’ll see it down the line. While the community could, and most certainly will, create some truly creative competitive modes, there won’t be any sort of ranking system in place.

However, speaking to Dexerto, Thomas ‘Tompen’ Andersson, a Game Developer at Ripple Effect, revealed that players would be able to create their own competitions. Portal servers can be password protected, so “only the players that are supposed to be there, are there.” They said that after launch, they want the Battlefield community to feel that they are being listened to and the tools they need are being built.

Of course, Battlefield isn’t known for its competitive or esports presence. DICE attempted to create a competitive BF mode with ‘Battlefield 1 Incursions,’ a separate BF1 experience that focused on tight squad play and introduced some more hardcore mechanics. Unfortunately, the mode never really left the ground, and many of the additions made their way into BFV instead.

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

Image Credit: EA / DICE


Battlefield 2042 devs explain how progression, cosmetics & Mastery work

Alongside the Beta announcement, DICE has revealed a ton of information surrounding the game’s progression, cosmetics, and Mastery systems.



Battlefield 2042 operator in kaleidoscope map

Battlefield 2042’s Beta has been officially announced, and alongside this, the DICE dev team has given an in-depth explanation of how the game’s progression and cosmetics will work.

Players love to grind weapons, skins, and more as they play their favorite multiplayer games. Unlocking new cosmetics to show off has become an integral part of the online FPS experience. Along with the Open Beta announcement, Battlefield 2042 devs DICE has revealed what players can expect this year.

As you play Battlefield 2042, you’ll be unlocking new weapons, cosmetics, player card customization, and weapon and vehicle mastery.

Here’s everything you need to know about Battlefield 2042’s progression and customization.

Battlefield 2042 player progression system

Battlefield 2042 ribbons

How to rank up in Battlefield 2042

DICE explained that they want Battlefield 2042’s player progression system to “reward the most XP to players who play the objectives and stick with their teams and squads until the match ends.” Of course, other actions such as getting kills, assists, and “other support actions” will also help you rank up.

They also revealed that Ribbons return in Battlefield 2042, giving players gameplay objectives to complete that boost XP. They explained that these Ribbons will have three tiers, with each granting a greater XP reward.

Here are some examples of Battlefield 2042 Ribbons:

  • Objective Ribbon – Play the objective
  • Wingman Ribbon – Support teammates with revives and various assists
  • Logistics Ribbon – Heal and resupply others and repair vehicles
  • Intel Ribbon – Spot and disrupt enemies, such as via EMP’s or destroying drones
  • Combat Ribbon – Score kills and destroy vehicles
Boris in Battlefield 2042

Battlefield 2042 Player Levels

Battlefield 2042 will have players unlocking new Specialists, weapons, vehicles, gadgets, and cosmetics until Level 99. But that’s not the end, however.

Once a player reaches Level 99, they’ll progress to ‘S-levels,’ which allow players to go all the way up to level 999. There aren’t any more rewards to earn, but DICE said that “they are the ultimate way to show off your veterancy on the Battlefield!”

Battlefield 2042 Mastery system

Battlefield 2042 mastery unlocks

Once you start leveling up and earning new weapons and vehicles, you can take it a step further by using Battlefield 2042’s Mastery system. But, DICE describes earning top Mastery rewards as a “monumental task.”

With this system, players can start earning “cosmetics for that hardware such as a new skin, and a new tier of Mastery Badge you acquire to decorate your Player Card and boast about your achievements.”

The top Mastery cosmetics will be distinguished by a black and red color scheme. Design Director Feras Musmar said that “Whenever you see those colors on a player, you’ll immediately understand they are one to be feared.”

Battlefield 2042 Player Card customization

Battlefield 2042 player card

Alongside the Mastery system, players can deck out their Player Card with their achievements across Battlefield 2042.

On their Player Card, Battlefield 2042 players can display:

  • Player Icon and Title
  • Player Card Art (Background)
  • Up to three Mastery badges
  • Player level (or later S-level)

Battlefield 2042 customization and skins

Battlefield 2042 weapon skin

Players can either purchase cosmetic items for their Specialists, weapons, and vehicles or earn them through gameplay.

Specialist skins come in rarities, with Rare and Epic skins having both a Headgear and a Body component. These can be mixed and matched. But, Legendary skins come as they are, and the components can’t be swapped with another skin.

Here are all of the cosmetic rarities in Battlefield 2042:

  • Common (Grey)
  • Rare (Blue)
  • Epic (Purple)
  • Legendary (Gold)

And that’s all the information we have on Battlefield 2042’s progression and cosmetics so far! Once the game officially launches on November 19, we’ll have a complete understanding of how it all works.

For more Battlefield, you can check out everything we know about the upcoming Battlefield Mobile game.


Image Credit: DICE / EA

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Battlefield 2042 PC Beta requirements: Minimum & recommended specs

With the Battlefield 2042 Beta just around the corner, here are the minimum and recommended PC specs and requirements required.



Battlefield 2042 PC Requirements

Battlefield 2042 is officially on the horizon, and the minimum and recommended PC specifications and requirements required to run the huge FPS title have been revealed alongside the Open Beta announcement.

Battlefield 2042 has been confirmed for both next-gen and last-gen consoles, with minor differences separating them due to computing power differences. The PC version will be the same as the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, boasting greater visual effects and 128 player lobbies.

Many are wondering about the PC version of the game, intrigued as to what minimum specs will be needed and the recommended specs to run the game at full capacity.

Thankfully, we now have a much better idea of what kind of requirements the PC version of Battlefield 2042 will need after the details have been announced alongside the Open Beta.

Battlefield 2042 PC minimum requirements

As confirmed by DICE, players will need at least 8GB of RAM and either an AMD Ryzen 5 3600 or Intel Core i5 6600K CPU to run the game.

In terms of graphics cards, players will need 4 GB of Video Memory at least, with DICE stating that a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is the lowest NVIDIA card that will actually run the game. You can view a list of the full specs below.

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 6600K / AMD Ryzen 5 3600
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • VRAM: 4 GB
  • GPU: NVIDA GeForce 1050 ti / AMD Radeon RX 560
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage Space: 100 GB
Battlefield 2042 PC requirements

Battlefield 2042 PC recommended requirements

To run Battlefield 2042 at high settings, players will need an extremely powerful rig, with DICE recommending a Ryzen 7 or Intel Core i7 CPU and the hard-to-get NIVIDA RTX 3060 card.

You can view the recommended PC specs below.

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4790 / AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • VRAM: 8 GB
  • GPU: NVIDA GeForce RTX 3060 / AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage Space: 100 GB

Battlefield 2042 isn’t the only shooter releasing towards the end of 2021, so you can check out the minimum and recommended specs for both Call of Duty: Vanguard and Halo Infinite.

Image Credit: DICE

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Battlefield 2042 Open Beta: Dates, early access, Specialists, maps, modes, PC Requirements

Battlefield 2042 is just around the corner, so here’s everything you need to know about the action-packed Open Beta including dates and Specialists.



Battlefield 2042 tank and characters in battle

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 are the dates you can play the Battlefield 2042 Open Beta and the content you will be able to enjoy.

Now that Battlefield 2042 has officially been revealed, players are eager to get a first-hand look at what DICE has been cooking up for the past few years.

After being delayed, the game is now on the slate for a November 19, 2021 launch, but DICE also has plans for an Open Beta ahead of its release. This will give you a taste of the game’s content, such as maps, weapons, and Specialists early.

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

Battlefield 2042 Open Beta dates

Battlefield 2042 Open Beta

On September 28, 2021, EA and Dice officially revealed that the Battlefield 2042 Open Beta dates will be October 6 to October 9. October 6-7 will be Early Access, while October 8-9 will be an Open Beta for everyone to jump in and try out. Players will be able to pre-load the Beta starting on October 5.

Battlefield 2042 Open Beta Dates and Times

With the showcase at EA Play Live, the developers announced a September release date for the Battlefield 2042 Beta. This would give players the chance to check out the new Specialists, massive maps, and new game modes

However, the game’s delay has affected the Open Beta’s release, which is now taking place in early October.

Adam ‘PartWelsh’ Freeman, EA’s Lead Community Manager, tweeted on September 16 that “New dates for the Open Beta will be shared later this month.”

He clarified that “We likely won’t share those dates today, or tomorrow – and I’ll give you further heads up next week [week beginning September 20].”

This in itself doesn’t outright guarantee a delay, but according to industry insider Tom Henderson, the Open Beta will occur on October 8, with Early Access happening on October 6.

Henderson said that “The dates found are in an internal system that I cannot share. So it’s another ‘trust me bro’ for now.”

Earlier in September, Twitter account @PlaystationSize reported that the Beta Early Access has been added to the PlayStation database for both the PS4 and PS5 editions.

Battlefield 2042 Open Beta early access

Battlefield 2042 editions

Battlefield V’s Beta allowed those who preordered the game to get two days of early access. Battlefield 2042 will follow the same model, with the developers confirming that those who preorder the game will play the Beta first.

This Early Access period for the Battlefield 2042 Beta will be taking place between October 6-7.

If you’ve preordered the game, you’ll get early access to a Closed Beta. As of 22 September, a few players have reported receiving emails with promo codes for the Battlefield 2042 Early Access Beta.

The product description now states: “Pre-Order Battlefield 2042 for PC by September 23rd, 2021 to unlock early access to the Battlefield 2042 Open Beta. Must be shipped and sold by Amazon. Codes will be sent within 24 hours of early access start date.”

Since the Open Beta was originally rumored to go live on 23 September, it’s possible that the team forgot to change the date when sending the codes out. Hopefully, that means that there won’t be any further delays.

If you haven’t preordered Battlefield 2042, 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. 

Battlefield 2042 Open Beta Specialists

Those who jump into the adrenaline-fueled action of the Beta will be able to try out four different specialists who all bring their own unique talents to the battlefield. You can find all of the Battlefield 2042 Beta Specialists that will be available below:

  • Webster Mackay
  • Maria Falck
  • Pyotr “Boris” Guskovsky
  • Wikus “Casper” Van Daele

Maps & modes

One game mode and one map have been officially announced to be in the Open Beta. Players will be able to jump into the Orbital Map while dominating their enemies in the Conquest game mode. We will update this piece with any new modes or maps if they are added to the Beta during its dates.

Battlefield 2042 Beta PC Requirements

Recommended PC specs

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10
  • Processor (AMD): AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
  • Processor (Intel): Intel Core i7 4790
  • Memory: 16GB
  • Video Memory: 8GB
  • Graphics card (NVIDIA): Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060
  • Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT
  • DirectX: 12
  • Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection
  • Hard-drive space: 100GB SSD

Minimum PC specs

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10
  • Processor (AMD): AMD Ryzen 5 3600
  • Processor (Intel): Core i5 6600K
  • Memory: 8GB
  • Video Memory: 4GB
  • Graphics card (NVIDIA): Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
  • Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon RX 560
  • DirectX: 12
  • Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection
  • Hard-drive space: 100GB

Stay tuned to Charlie INTEL and @BravoINTEL for all updates on Battlefield 2042, and we will continue to update this hub with any new information for the Battlefield 2042 Open Beta when it is made available.

Image Credit: DICE / EA

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