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How to play Battlefield 2042 Open Beta: Release date, early access & pre-load

Here’s everything you need to know about Battlefield 2042’s action-packed Open Beta including the dates and how to pre-load ahead of release.

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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, its Specialists, maps, and modes you will be able to enjoy, plus how to pre-load it early.

Now that a lot is known about Battlefield 2042, 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 you need to know about Battlefield 2042’s Open Beta, including its dates, early access, pre-loading, and all of the content.

Battlefield 2042 Open Beta dates

Battlefield 2042 Open Beta Dates and Times

On September 28, 2021, EA and Dice officially revealed that the Battlefield 2042 Open Beta will be live from October 6 to October 9.

While players can already start pre-loading, early access players will be able to play the Beta on October 6 at 12 AM PT / 3 AM ET / 8 AM BST. And then everyone else will be able to play the Open Beta on October 8 at the same time.

The Open Beta will officially close on October 10 at 12 AM PT / 3 AM ET / 8 AM BST.

Battlefield 2042 Open Beta early access

Battlefield 2042 beta gameplay

Battlefield V’s Beta allowed those who preordered the game to get two days of early access. Battlefield 2042 follows the same model, with the developers confirming that those who preorder the game or have an EA Play Subscription will play the Beta first.

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

Battlefield 2042 Open Beta platforms

Battlefield 2042’s Open Beta will be available on all of the full game’s platforms. Crossplay will be enabled by default, so you’ll be able to play with your friends on other platforms. But, previous-gen owners will not be able to play with the current-gen and PC.

Here’s every platform you can play Battlefield 2042’s Beta on:

  • PC (Steam, Origin, Epic Games Store)
  • Xbox One
  • Xbox Series X|S
  • PlayStation 4
  • PlayStation 5

How to pre-load Battlefield 2042 Beta: Steam, Origin, PS4, PS5, Xbox & more

Mackay saving woman in battlefield 2042

Battlefield 2042’s Beta is now available to preload so players can get right into the action as soon as it goes live. No matter if you’re on Steam, Origin, Epic Games, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, or Xbox Series X|S, you can start downloading the game.

Here’s how to pre-load Battlefield 2042’s Beta on each platform:

Steam

  1. Open up Steam on your PC
  2. Go to ‘Battlefield 2042’ in the store
  3. Scroll down until you see ‘Join the Battlefield™ 2042 Open Beta’
  4. Click on the ‘Request Access’ button
  5. You’ll be immediately granted access to the Beta and can start downloading

Origin

  1. Launch Origin on your PC
  2. Search ‘Battlefield 2042’ in the search bar
  3. Look for the ‘Store Results’ section
  4. Click on ‘Battlefield 2042’
  5. Select the ‘Try it First’ option
  6. Click ‘Add to Library’
  7. Navigate to your Origin Library and begin downloading the Beta

The ‘Try it First’ option has not appeared for some Origin players but there appears to be a simple fix. You just need to reload the page and the Beta should appear – this worked for us.

To reload the Origin page:

  1. Click on ‘Origin’ in the top left hand corner
  2. Select ‘Reload Page’
    1. Alternatively, you can press Ctrl+R

Epic Games Store

  1. Launch the Epic Games Launcher on your PC
  2. Click on the Store tab on the left
  3. Search for ‘Battlefield 2042’ and select it
  4. Scroll down until you see the Open Beta under editions
  5. Click ‘Join Now’
  6. You’ll be taken to a purchase screen but don’t worry, the Beta is completely free
  7. Confirm the purchase
  8. Navigate to your Library to download the Beta

Xbox One & Xbox Series X|S

  1. Launch the Xbox Store
  2. Search for ‘Battlefield 2042’
  3. Click on ‘Battlefield 2042 Open Beta’
  4. Follow the steps to download the Beta

PlayStation 4 & PlayStation 5

  1. Open up the PlayStation Store
  2. Search for ‘Battlefield 2042’
  3. Select ‘Battlefield 2042 Open Beta’
  4. Follow the steps to download the Beta

Battlefield 2042 Open Beta Specialists

Battlefield 2042 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

Battlefield 2042 Beta Maps & modes

Orbital in Battlefield 2042

Battlefield 2042 Beta players will be able to jump into the Orbital Map to experience classic BF action 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

Battlefield 2042’s Beta will require a beefy PC, with the recommended GPU being an NVIDIA 3060. However, some players have called these requirements “nonsensical,” so it’s worth finding out yourself how well your PC runs it.

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.

For more Battlefield 2042, check out how to use the new Plus system to change attachments mid-game.

Image Credit: DICE / EA

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Battlefield 2042 devs buff controller aim assist following Beta feedback

Following feedback from the Battlefield 2042 official Beta, the game’s devs have decided to increase aim assist for controller players.

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EA and DICE have decided to buff controller aim assist in Battlefield 2042 after complaints that “it was too low” in the Battlefield 2042 Beta.

One of the biggest differences between controller and mouse and keyboard players is the freedom to aim. Battlefield 2042 is no different, and the devs have confirmed that they’ve buffed controller aim assist to keep gameplay between the two input methods more consistent.

The Battlefield 2042 Beta allowed the devs to learn a lot about the game and how it copes when filled with dozens of players. Now, they have taken that feedback on board, and Battlefield 2042 controller players should be more satisfied in the game’s final release.

gameplay in battlefield 2042

The information has come as a result of an official EA blog post entitled: “Battlefield Briefing – What We Learned From The Open Beta.”

It discussed a ton of details regarding the Beta, what went well, what could be improved on, and EA outed multiple areas that will be different when Battlefield 2042 comes out.

“We’ve also heard your feedback on Aim Assist strength on controllers. You helped to show us that it was too low, so we’ve worked to improve this experience, making it more familiar to players who played with us in past titles.”

ea blog post on battlefield 2042 feedback

Whereas mouse and keyboard players have free reign to do as they please with their aiming, controller players have to adjust their sensitivity settings to achieve the desired outcome – and even then it’s not always as accurate as can be.

This is why games provide a handy lock-on boost for controller players called “aim assist,” this mechanic allows players to snap on closer to the target when aiming, and it should now be stronger in Battlefield 2042.


There is a whole host of other changes that will be implemented between now and the full release of Battlefield 2042, EA and DICE will hope they’ll be enough to provide solid competition for CoD: Vanguard and Halo Infinite.


Also, check out the full list of changes that will be made to Battlefield 2042 following Beta feedback.

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Battlefield 2042 devs reveal major changes from Beta to launch

Following the Battlefield 2042 Beta, the game’s developers have revealed the major changes made to the game for its launch on November 19.

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Battlefield 2042 Specialists

DICE has revealed a wide range of changes that players will experience from the version of Battlefield 2042 that was available during the Beta and the launch version that will be released on November 19, 2021.

There has been a great deal of excitement brewing in the video game world regarding the newest entry in the fan-favorite Battlefield franchise in 2021 with Battlefield 2042 scheduled to release on November 19.

Battlefield 2042 will be bringing plenty of new elements to the high-profile series with the addition of Specialists being one of the new features coming.

Following the game’s Beta, DICE has provided a detailed breakdown of all of the changes that players will see from the version of the game that was playable in the Beta and the launch version of Battlefield 2042.

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Battlefield 2042 Beta changes

It is not unusual for games to undergo changes from their Beta version to how they will be on launch day with Battlefield 2042 receiving the following changes for launch to start off the developer’s summary of the Beta.

  • Increased the number of Tanks that you’ll experience on Orbital. It’s up from 4, to 8 on PC, Xbox Series X|S, and PlayStation 5.
  • Made changes to movement, adding strafe input to sliding, adding the ability to vault on moving objects, and toning down jump spamming.
  • A nearby Grenade Indicator has been added.
  • Entry and Exit animations are now shorter, with some being removed entirely.
  • Elevators have been fixed so that you see less funky behaviours with doors.

DICE also stated that the reason why the version of Battlefield 2042 that was playable in the Beta was not the most up to date build was due to branching which “allows us to strip out all of the unnecessary systems, content, and mechanics that are still under various forms of testing, and polish up what you sometimes hear referred to as a Vertical Slice of the game,” said DICE.

“We work hard to optimise it, stamp out critical bugs, and drive for maximum compatibility and performance on known hardware,” DICE continued. “By stripping out other content and systems, we remove potential conflicts that keep things running in the best possible manner.”

Following the discussion of the game’s version for the Beta and launch, DICE went on to explain how the studio has made great strides in its matchmaking for Battlefield 2042 with updates to stop players from being put in Bot majority lobbies and being placed on servers outside of their region.

One of the most glaring missing features from Battlefield 2042 in the Beta was a map that players could use to see the entire map at once, but this Big Map will indeed be in the launch version of Battlefield 2042.

Battlefield 2042 Big Map

The Commorose communication system that allows players to quickly communicate with their teammates regarding what they are doing will also be in the launch version of the game after not being available in the Battlefield 2042 Beta.

A ping system will also be ready for players to use when Battlefield 2042 launches, while the compass feature has gotten an update to provide better communication abilities for players to their teammates.

DICE also went on to explain how the first 4 to 6 hours of the game players will have access to loadouts which are fully customizable and allow players to choose from a group of various gadgets before they gain access to the use of the Specialist characters.

“For the first 4-6 hours in the full game, expect to be working with a reduced array of gadgets for your open gadget slot, with your journey through the ranks slowly introducing new ones for your loadouts. That traditional experience of a Battlefield game, where classes fulfill traditional roles is an experience that you graduate out of through the first ten levels. Your Specialists will have the options to choose from a Medical Crate, Ammo Crate, the Recoilless M5 Launcher, and our Repair tool as starting gadgets, and enable the experience of playing in ways that allow players to feel the benefit of playing in more supportive roles,” DICE stated.

Battlefield 2042 artwork

These are some of the biggest highlights of the changes that have been made from the Battlefield 2042 Beta to the launch version that will be available for players to experience on November 19, 2021.

You can read about all of the changes that will be made in the official Battlefield 2042 blog post about the game’s development.

For more Battlefield 2042, check out everything you need to know about the Hazard Zone game mode and stay tuned for future news and guides.

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All Battlefield 2042 Specialists: Classes, Gadgets, abilities, Traits

Here’s everything you need to know about Battlefield 2042’s new Specialist class system, and all of the confirmed Specialists.

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Battlefield 2042 has changed up the traditional four-class system to have you play as Specialists, international soldiers with different gadgets and abilities. Here’s every Specialist arriving in Battlefield 2042.

Battlefield 2042 has swapped out the traditional class system to include Specialists who belong to one of four classes – Recon, Assault, Support, and Engineer.

While you can use any weapon with any Specialist, they each have different gadgets and abilities to make them specialize in certain situations.

The next iteration of Battlefield will launch with 10 Specialists to choose from, with more being added in each season’s Battle Pass. Ahead of Battlefield 2042’s launch, all ten Specialists have now been revealed.

Thanks to DICE, here’s every confirmed Specialist in Battlefield 2042 and their abilities.

Battlefield 2042 Recon Specialists

Navin Roa

Battlefield 2042 Navin Roa specialist
  • Trait: Trojan Network
  • Specialty: Cyber Warfare Suit

Navin Roa will be the perfect Specialist to sneak up on enemies and cause havoc in their objectives.

His Trojan Network Trait allows him to hack an enemy, killing them to reveal all nearby enemies. And he can also take control of enemy equipment and in-world, such as raising bollards from a distance to cut off enemy vehicles.

Ji-Soon Paik

Battlefield 2042 ji-soo paik specialist
  • Trait: Threat Perception
  • Specialty: EMG-X Scanner

Although a Recon Specialist, South Korean Specialist Ji-Soon Paik will be especially effective for aggressive players.

Her Threat Perception Trait marks any enemy that damages her, so anyone playing as her will have full awareness amid battle.

And her EMG-X Scanner essentially acts as wallhacks, where nearby enemies are highlighted through walls. Depending on how much range this has, it could be an extremely powerful tool in the hands of a skilled player.

Casper

Battlefield 2042 Casper Specialist
  • Trait: Movement Sensor
  • Specialty: OV-P Recon Drone

A Recon Specialist, Wikus “Casper” Van Daele, is a South African soldier best suited for players who like to take on the Scout role in their squad.

This Recon Specialist can use their Trait to detect nearby enemies with a Movement Sensor, where the screen flashes if an enemy gets too close. And for his Specialty, he deploys the OV-P Recon Drone.

Devs confirmed that the Drone will reveal enemy positions, disrupt electronics, and can be controlled manually or left on auto-pilot. It can also be used to “designate targets for lock-on weapons.”

Battlefield 2042 Assault Specialists

Dozer

Battlefield 2042 Dozer specialist
  • Trait: Blast Resistant
  • Specialty: SOB-8 Ballistic Shield

Santiago “Dozer” Espinoza will be the Specialist you want to lead an aggressive push, using his Ballistic Shield and explosive resistance to survive a ton of damage.

Dozer’s Blast Resistant Trait acts very similarly to E.O.D from Warzone, where he can survive much more explosive damage than the average soldier. And it doesn’t seem to affect him, so he can stay accurate at all times.

And the SOB-8 Ballistic Shield makes him the perfect point man, where he can sponge all incoming damage and be an excellent distraction for his squadmates. Also, it appears that he can still damage and kill enemies while using the Shield.

Sundance

Battlefield 2042 sundance specialist
  • Trait: Wingsuit
  • Specialty: Smart Explosives

French Specialist Emma “Sundance” Rosier is the most mobile character in the game, being able to glide around the map.

Their Trait, the Wingsuit, has been used heavily in Battlefield 2042’s marketing and now we finally know how to get your hands on it. Unique to Sundance, the Wingsuit allows them to stealthily fly across the map.

And they’ll have much more lethal equipment at their disposal, as the Smart Explosives Speciality lets them switch between using Anti-Armor, EMP, and Scatter Grenades.

Webster Mackay

Webster Mackay specialist
  • Trait: Nimble
  • Specialty: Grappling Hook

Webster Mackay is a Canadian Assault Specialist, perfect for flanking enemies and getting in their faces.

His Specialty uses a Grappling Hook to quickly navigate the massive maps. Hitting a surface will pull you towards the attach point, allowing for some nifty flanking maneuvers.

Mackay also features the Nimble Trait, which allows him to be a hard target by moving faster while aiming down the sight.

Battlefield 2042 Support Specialists

Angel

Angel specialist
  • Trait: Trauma Specialist
  • Specialty: Loadout Crate

Romanian Specialist Constantin “Angel” Anghel will be the frontline medic of your squad, as he acts more like the Medics from previous Battlefield games.

Players have complained that reviving was too slow in the Beta, but his Trauma Specialist Trait allows him to revive players much faster and also restore their armor.

And in more of the Support than Medic vein, Angel can drop a Loadout Crate that allows players to select another loadout without having to redeploy.

Maria Falck

Maria Falk specialist
  • Trait: Combat Surgeon
  • Specialty: S21 Syrette Pistol

Maria Falck is a German Specialist who will take on the medic role of your squad, quickly healing teammates and reviving them to full health.

She uses the S21 Syrette Pistol to heal herself and teammates from afar, and her Trait is the Combat Surgeon, which allows her to revive allies to full health. Also, if in a pinch, the Syrette Pistol will damage enemies.

Battlefield 2042 Engineer Specialists

Boris

Boris specialist
  • Trait: Sentry Operator
  • Specialty: SG-36 Sentry Gun

As part of the Engineer category, Pytor “Boris” Guskovsky will be the heavy weapons expert of your squad, especially proficient at defending objectives.

Boris can deploy the SG-36 Sentry Gun as his Specialty, which auto-engages enemies and vehicles.

He has the Sentry Operator ability for his Trait, which boosts the Sentry’s efficiency when he stands near and “spots the enemy target when the Sentry Gun locks on to the enemy in question.” Be warned, though, the Sentry Gun can be EMP’d.

Irish

Irish Specialist
  • Trait: Veteran
  • Specialty: Fortification System

Kimble “Irish” Graves is the latest Battlefield 2042 Specialist to be revealed after featuring heavily in the Exodus short film. Irish was one of the main characters of Battlefield 4’s storyline and is now looking for revenge in 2042.

As another Engineer, Irish can use the Fortification System to place the “DCS Deployable Cover to protect from bullets and explosives, and the APS-36 Shootdown Sentinel to take down explosive projectiles.”

And for his trait, Irish has Veteran. This allows him to provide armor “with additional bonuses from downed enemies.”


And those are all ten of the Specialists confirmed for Battlefield 2042’s launch!

You can also check out the best keybinds and settings for playing Battlefield 2042 on mouse and keyboard.

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