Although Battlefield 2042 won’t launch with a single-player story, DICE is releasing a short film to showcase the events that led to all-out warfare. Here’s everything you need to know about Exodus, including how to watch it.
Battlefield 2042 is set in the near future, where the world has been decimated by natural disasters and war. The United States and Russia are at war, and Specialists from fallen nations will join the fight as Non-Patriated, or No-Pat, soldiers.
But how did the world of Battlefield 2042 get in this state, and how will that affect the ongoing story of the game? These questions are set to be answered in Exodus, an upcoming short film set in the world of Battlefield 2042.
Here’s everything you need to know about the film, including how to watch it.
How to watch Battlefield 2042 Exodus
Battlefield 2042 Exodus will debut on Battlefield’s YouTube channel on August 12, 2021, at 8 AM PT / 11 AM ET / 4 PM BST.
Exodus is already on YouTube, where you can wait for the premiere. From here, you can also set a reminder so YouTube will give you a notification before it begins.
We’ve embedded Battlefield 2042 Exodus below for your convenience.
What is Battlefield 2042 Exodus?
Battlefield 2042 Exodus is a short film set in the Battlefield universe. This “standalone short film set in the World of 2042” gives players a way to “Witness the events that will trigger an all-out war.”
While Battlefield 2042 won’t feature a campaign at launch, fans are hoping that this is how Battlefield’s ongoing story will be told, similar to Apex Legends Stories from the Outlands.
On top of that, there will be four seasons throughout its first year that are set to bring a ton of content.
How long is Battlefield 2042 Exodus?
Eagle-eyed players have spotted that Battlefield 2042’s Exodus short film will be around 9 minutes long.
By searching the trailer in Google, we can see that the YouTube card says the short film lasts 9:07 minutes, so this gives us a decent amount of time to see plenty of Battlefield storytelling and action.
And that’s all we know about Battlefield 2042’s Exodus short film so far! As we approach the date, we’ll keep you updated with any new story developments.
Image Credit: EA / DICE
Will Battlefield 2042 go free-to-play?
Battlefield 2042 is rumored to go free-to-play after its disappointing launch, so here’s everything we know about EA’s plans.
Almost all of 2022’s top shooters have a free-to-play element, and there are rumors that Battlefield 2042 will follow the trend after its disappointing launch. Here’s everything we know about Battlefield 2042 possibly going free-to-play.
Battlefield 2042’s player count plummeted, being overtaken by both Battlefield 1 and Battlefield V. EA are reportedly “very disappointed” with its launch, so will Battlefield 2042 go free-to-play to bring in more players?
- Will Battlefield 2042 go free-to-play?
- What Battlefield 2042 modes will become free?
- When would Battlefield 2042 go free-to-play?
Will Battlefield 2042 go free-to-play?
Known industry insider Tom Henderson said that EA were reportedly “very disappointed” with Battlefield 2042’s release and are considering making the game free-to-play “in some capacity.”
As Henderson stated in a follow-up video, it would be a “PR nightmare” if EA made a $70-100 game free-to-play. Instead, it sounds like there are early plans to make an element of Battlefield 2042 free.
What Battlefield 2042 modes will become free?
Tom Henderson believes that EA are looking at making Battlefield Portal the game’s free-to-play mode.
Henderson spoke to two analysts who agree that Portal is the most likely free-to-play option for Battlefield 2042 because it’s EA’s only option. Portal takes content from previous games, letting players create their own modes and experiences. It’s often regarded as the best part of the game, so it would be the best hook to attract free-to-play players.
There were some rumors floating around that suggested the game’s Hazard Zone mode, which features gameplay loosely based on Hunt: Showdown and Escape from Tarkov, would be free-to-play.
However, this wasn’t the case, and it doesn’t appear that it will ever happen. Sources known to Henderson have said that there are only a few hundred people playing Hazard Zone across all platforms, so it’s unlikely that Hazard Zone will be used as a free-to-play element to bring in new players.
When would Battlefield 2042 go free-to-play?
There’s no way of knowing when Battlefield 2042 will receive its free-to-play element, but it’ll most likely be at the start of one of its seasons.
While no release date has been confirmed, Season 1 is expected to begin in March. Battlefield V’s content seasons lasted a few months each, so we wouldn’t expect Season 2 until late Spring.
For more Battlefield, you can check out the design for the Scoreboard which finally arrives in February.
Image Credit: DICE / EA
Battlefield 2042 dev apologizes & removes “slap in the face” Portal mode
Battlefield 2042 added a ‘bot farm’ mode to Portal’s featured experiences, and a dev apologized before removing it.
Battlefield 2042 devs added a new zombies mode to Portal, but it quickly became clear that it could be used as an XP farm. Players called it a “slap in the face” and a Battlefield Portal dev has since apologized and the mode has been removed.
Battlefield Portal gives players an incredible amount of tools to create their own modes using assets from previous Battlefield games and 2042. After assuring players that it couldn’t be used to farm XP, the devs almost completely removed Portal XP after the browser was full of XP farms.
The devs made changes to Portal XP in January 20’s Update 3.2, increasing the XP cap for unofficial servers. Then, they released the Zombie Survival mode that acted exactly like an XP farm and quickly removed it following backlash.
Battlefield 2042 players have been desperate for Portal XP to be reenabled after it was removed from custom modes to prevent XP farms. Developers Ripple Effect increased the Portal XP cap in the January 20 update, but it’s still not as much as players would like.
Then, later on January 20, the devs added the Zombie Survival mode which players called an “official bot farm.” In this mode, players would battle waves of AI enemies who would be extremely easy to kill, earning a ton of XP and Mastery rewards in the process.
Twitter user 235Nuke said the Zombie Survival mode is “a slap in the face to gaming communities and others whom [sic] want to run experiences in portal. This zombie mode is an official bot farm which is why XP was restricted in portal.”
This tweet prompted a response from Ripple Effect’s Senior Design Director Justin Wiebe, who apologized.
“I’m not going to lie, this one shouldn’t have gotten through our review process,” said Wiebe. “I think our desire to create a fun zombies mode clouded our ability to see such a simple thing like the impact it would have on progression. I’m very sorry for the hardship this has caused.”
More and more players had the same complaint as 235Nuke and the developers removed the mode on January 21, replacing it with Gun Master 2042.
DICE is committed to getting Battlefield 2042 back on track, revealing that the next major patch will be Update 3.3 in February.
Image Credit: DICE
How to fix Battlefield 2042 Error Code 3:9001
Battlefield 2042 players have been unable to launch the game after the Error Code 3:9001 popped up, but we have a simple fix.
Battlefield 2042 devs have released the first update of 2022, but Update 3.2 has caused the frustrating Error Code 3:9001 which prevents Steam players from launching the game. But, we’ve got a simple fix for the issue.
Unfortunately, this has caused the ‘Error Code 3:9001’ to pop up, preventing Steam users from launching the game.
Luckily, there’s a simple fix for the issue, so you can get back to playing Battlefield 2042 in no time.
How to fix Error Code 3:9001 in Battlefield 2042
While Battlefield 2042’s Error Code 3:9001 is frustrating, there’s an easy way to get around it by changing some settings within Steam.
Here’s how to get rid of Battlefield 2042’s 3:9001 Error Code:
- Open your Steam Library
- Right-click on Battlefield 2042
- Select Properties
- Select Updates
- Hit the drop down arrow underneath ‘Automatic Updates‘
- Select ‘Only update this game when I launch it‘
- Launch Battlefield 2042 through Steam
What appears to have gone wrong here was Steam didn’t automatically download the update for players, so the error code has popped up when players tried to launch an out-of-date version of Battlefield 2042.
However, setting the game to only ‘only update when I launch it’ will force the game to recognize and begin installing the update. Then, hopefully, you’ll be able to resume playing Battlefield 2042 as soon as the update’s over.
Image Credit: DICE / EA
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