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Battlefield 2042 multiplayer details: Modes, maps, Specialists

Here’s everything we know about Battlefield 2042’s large-scale multiplayer experience, including its modes, maps, and Specialist class system.

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Battlefield 2042 has officially been revealed, so here’s everything you need to know about the game’s multiplayer, including its modes, maps, and Specialists class system. 

After almost three years without a new title, Battlefield 2042 has finally been revealed. With a near-future setting, Battlefield will continue to do what it does best, crafting massive battles across huge maps, all “brought to life with the power of next-gen.” 

In 2042, there will be no traditional campaign, with the story evolving through the multiplayer. Following the “greatest refugee crisis in human history,” you will play as a stateless refugee, called ‘No Pats’ or ‘Specialists.’ 

Here’s everything you need to know about Battlefield 2042’s multiplayer, including the modes, maps, and Specialist class system. 

Battlefield 2042 multiplayer modes 

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DICE have confirmed three different multiplayer experiences targeted for launch. There will be All Out Warfare, Hazard Zone, and a third mode built by DICE LA that will be unveiled on July 22 at EA Play. 

All Out Warfare is your standard Battlefield multiplayer, with Conquest and Breakthrough returning. Hazard Zone is an “all-new high stakes gametype” with a “strong focus on really tight squad play.” 

The developers were excited to share that All Out Warfare can be played against AI so you can get to grips with the game and “play at your own pace, kind of feel like your own hero.” 

The final mode, which will be revealed on July 22, is described as a “Love letter to BF fans and aimed at long time fans of the franchise.”

DICE made sure to confirm that none of these upcoming modes are a battle royale. They said that a BR is “something we’ll have to see down the line. Within the launch scope, we do not have that intention there.”

As for crossplay, DICE have confirmed that they will be speaking more about this closer to launch. 

Battlefield 2042 multiplayer maps

There will be seven multiplayer maps at launch taking place in various locations around the world such as South America, Antarctica, and Asia. 

Described as “massive” and “unlike anything we’ve ever built before,” these maps will feature dynamic weather, levolution, and unique gameplay elements. 

For the PC and new consoles, these maps will feature 128 players which is a huge jump from the standard 32v32 maps Battlefield has had in the past. However, PS4 and Xbox One users will be limited to 64 players with “Maps tailored to smaller scale to ensure epic battles.” The gameplay and mid-match events will all be the same, though. 

Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope is set in a South Korean city, and it’s slightly bigger than BFV’s Rotterdam. It features enterable skyscrapers, ziplines, water combat, and ‘roaming twisters.’ 

Battlefield 2042's Kaleidoscope map

Manifest 

Manifest, one of the game’s larger maps, has players duking it out in a container yard in Singapore. As the match progresses, cranes will pick up and move containers, likely changing the map’s layout. 

Orbital

Orbital is a medium-sized map featuring a rocket launch site in French Guiana on the South American coast. This is one of the maps to feature levolution, with the rocket taking off mid-match but “doesn’t always go as planned.” 

Battlefield 2042's Orbital map

Renewal

Set in India, Renewal will offer two unique gameplay experiences. A massive wall splits the map in two, with a lush area on one side and a barren desert on the other. 

Discarded 

Discarded is another map set in set in India following a drought. There will be a massive ship called ‘Colossus’ that hides a submarine inside, and it’s roughly four times the size of Noshahr Canals. 

Breakaway 

Breakaway is the “biggest map in 2042,” which likely makes it the biggest Battlefield map ever. This massive map will have players fighting on a mountainside in Antarctica. 

Hourglass

Taking place in a ‘city lost in sand,’ Hourglass is a particularly large map, being much bigger than BFV’s Hamada. A sandstorm passes through the map that will engulf the cityscape and stadium. 

Battlefield 2042's Hourglass map

Specialists 

Instead of Battlefield’s traditional class system, you will play as a Specialist in Battlefield 2042. 

Dice confirmed that there will be 10 Specialists at launch, with four new Specialists being added as part of each season’s Battle Pass. 

Pytor "Boris" Guskovsky in Battlefield 2042

For the most part, these Specialists take on the traditional roles of Battlefield’s classes. Each Specialist class comes with “an exclusive gadget or trait that defines their playstyle,” but you can “freely choose what weapon, grenade, or secondary gadget to use.”

Responding to an interview question, DICE confirmed that “You don’t choose your specialist based on the primary weapon. You choose based on your desired role.”

Casper Specialist in Battlefield 2042

DICE have given some details about the first four Specialist classes. 

  • Assault: Utilizes a Grappling hook and has increased agility when aiming down sight. 
  • Support: Uses a ‘support pistol’ to Revive and heal teammates from afar.
  • Engineer: Deploys a turret that auto engages enemies and vehicles. The Engineers can stand near turret to boost efficiency, but it can also be EMP’d. 
  • Recon: Has a Drone that reveals enemy positions and disrupts electronics which can either be manually piloted or left on autopilot. The Recon Specialist also has EMP darts and a Movement Sensor as their exclusive trait.

The third, secret mode will be officially revealed at EA Play on July 22, with the reveal for the new Hazard Zone mode happening ahead of launch. 

There will also be an Open Beta pre-launch, with those who have preordered the game getting early access. 

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EA reportedly bans Battlefield 2042 players using RGB software

Battlefield 2042 players claim to have been unfairly banned, and a huge percentage of these players were reportedly using RGB software.

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A ton of Battlefield 2042 players claim to have been unfairly banned, and industry insider and journalist Tom Henderson has discovered that 90% of these players were reportedly running RGB software at the time.

Battlefield 2042 suffered a problematic launch, with dwindling player numbers and a reportedly “very disappointed” EA considering making the game free-to-play in some capacity. However, it appears that the problems don’t end there, as waves of Battlefield players claim to have been unfairly banned.

Industry insider Tom Henderson has been looking into this issue and discovered that 90% of these banned users were “running some form of RGB software.”

Battlefield 2042 player dropping into Renewal map

Battlefield 2042 opted to run on Easy Anti-Cheat, the same anti-cheat provider as Apex Legends and Fortnite. While Battlefield 2042 has been relatively cheat-free, perhaps because the game’s performance issues are causing the cheats not to work, players are claiming to have been falsely banned.

After reporting that EA closed a help forum post after there were “163 pages of people trying to figure out why they were false-positive banned in Battlefield 2042,” Tom Henderson shared his findings from talking to over a hundred banned players.

His data revealed that 40% of banned players admitted to playing in Portal XP farms, 48% were running MSI Afterburner, and 90% were running some form of RGB software.

He clarified that the RGB programs “were primarily iCUE and Logitech G Hub,” and Easy Anti-Cheat has a history of falsely flagging RGB as cheat software.

40% of the banned players admitting to using Portal XP farms is interesting, although perhaps not enough to form a correlation. Portal’s servers were full of modes where players could farm low-HP bots for easy kills, and devs Ripple Effect were quick to place a cap on XP.

Henderson explained that although some could argue it was a breach of EA’s Terms of Service, XP farms could “arguably be considered a “feature” of Portal at the time, as DICE and Ripple Effect failed to realize this could be a problem at launch.”

Neither EA nor Easy Anti-Cheat has responded to these false-positive ban claims but we’ll let you know if there are any further updates.


You can also check out DICE’s Scoreboard redesign, which Battlefield 2042 players have been begging for.

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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.

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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.

It’s no secret that Battlefield 2042 suffered from a poor launch. Performance issues, wide-open maps, the Specialist system, and the bloom mechanic turned away players new and old. 

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?

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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?

Caspian border in Battlefield 2042 portal

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Then, Season 1 is expected to launch in March bringing new content such as the Exposure map.

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