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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

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 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

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

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

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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Dr Disrespect enjoying Battlefield 2042 thanks to new update

Battlefield 2042’s first season has had great reception since it was released, with Dr Disrespect loving the brand-new map and update.

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Popular streamer Guy Beahm, aka ‘Dr Disrespect’, has been enjoying the new Battlefield 2042 update and map, claiming it’s the best thing to happen to the franchise in years.

Battlefield 2042’s Season 1 update dropped on June 9, and despite a rough launch for the game, the new update is starting to turn heads and gain popularity.

The Battlefield 2042 Season 1 patch didn’t just fix a bunch of the issues players were having with the game, it also introduced some great new content such as the new map, Exposure, which players are loving.

Dr Disrespect seems to share the same opinion, recently enjoying the game on stream.

Battlefield 2042 got off to a rough start when it launched back in November 2021. Players were disappointed with the lack of content, as well as being disappointed with the number of bugs and issues the game had.

One major issue the community had was with the map design, but thankfully, the new update has brought a map that everyone seems to be enjoying, even Dr Disrespect, who is often openly critical of the franchise.

While streaming Battlefield 2042 on June 17, 2022, Dr Disrespect stated that the new map Exposure is “the best thing to happen to Battlefield in years”.

The Doc applauds the devs for the new update and map, saying “finally, a good decision,” as it seems he too was disappointed with some of the choices that were made by the dev team.

Battlefield 2042 has undergone a lot of change since its release, and many weren’t happy with decisions like the removal of the Scoreboard, which has now been brought back. With that being said, it seems the devs are dedicated to improving the experience in Battlefield 2042.

It’s great to see many enjoying the new map and giving Battlefield 2042 another chance, especially as the devs have been hard at work to make the game better for players.


Despite the love for Battlefield 2042’s first season, CoD fans believe Modern Warfare 2 could kill off the franchise for good.

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CoD players explain how Modern Warfare 2 can kill off Battlefield for good

With Ground War returning in Modern Warfare 2, players are hoping Infinity Ward go all out to beat Battlefield at its own game.

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Ground War, CoD’s large-scale mode, will return in Modern Warfare 2. Originally criticized for failing to capture what made Battlefield so great, players explained how MW2’s Ground War will succeed where Battlefield 2042 failed.

Ground War arrived in Modern Warfare 2019, using Verdansk’s POIs as huge playspaces for a large-scale Conquest-like game mode. While players enjoyed Ground War, many felt that it failed to capture the squad play, vehicle balance, and map flow that made Battlefield so popular.

However, the way gamers think about the Battlefield franchise has completely changed since then, with Battlefield 2042 failing at almost every hurdle. Luckily, Ground War returns in Modern Warfare 2 and those let down by 2042 hope that Infinity Ward go all out and try to use Ground War to “put the nail in the coffin” for Battlefield.

Reddit user Spartacus_115 kicked off the discussion by saying that Infinity Ward need to make changes to Ground War when it returns in Modern Warfare 2. They explained that the biggest issue it had was the objective placements and shape of the maps, which they felt were too linear.

For Modern Warfare 2, they want to see the objective positions wider, spread out, and circular, allowing for flanking routes and strategy. Many users brought up MW2019’s Promenade as an example of what they don’t want to see, where the action takes place in a long street without any opportunity for flanking.

CoD players also hope to see tighter squad play, multiple game modes, fewer sniping positions, and a better vehicle to infantry balance  – all aspects of the best Battlefield games.

Many Battlefield players moved over to CoD between Battlefield V and 2042, and the latest entry did nothing to bring them back. These ex-Battlefield players are especially hoping that Modern Warfare 2’s Ground War will be a success.

“As a Battlefield refugee I truly hope they go all in and try to put the nail in the coffin for Battlefield,” said jamslfc. “I hate to say it but same,” replied SPYDER0416, explaining that they’ve been “dying for a good Battlefield-esque experience.”

Another user said that “even if it doesn’t necessarily kill Battlefield off it could finally be a big fat wake-up call,” but they had their doubts.


For more on Modern Warfare 2, be sure to check out whether it’ll launch on Game Pass and everything we know about the campaign.

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Battlefield 2042 players actually love Season 1’s new Exposure map

DICE looked to get Battlefield 2042 back on track with the Season 1 update, and player actually love the new Exposure map.

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Although Battlefield 2042 didn’t live up to the community’s expectations, players are absolutely loving Season 1’s new Exposure map.

Over six months after launch, Battlefield 2042 Season 1 finally arrived on June 9. Bringing a Battle Pass, another Specialist, and a new map, some were disappointed with the lack of content.

Even though they don’t feel the game’s main issues have been fixed, players are loving the new Exposure map, calling it not just the best map in Battlefield 2042, but one of DICE’s best in years.

Exposure takes place in the Canadian Rockies, with the action taking place across three levels of elevation. The Battlefield 2042 subreddit has been extremely critical of the game but is actually full of love for Exposure, with a ton of players singing its praises.

Although huge 128-player battles were a major part of Battlefield 2042’s marketing, many players felt it was far too chaotic, especially when 64 players were trying to run across an open field.

Reddit user Sardunos said that “Exposure is absolutely the correct sized map for 128 players,” explaining that “it has the pacing of the 64 player maps” but with a ton of variation.

“The new map is honestly one of the best maps DICE has put out in years,” claimed Tech_Rise, with Odisseo76 calling it one of the best maps they’ve ever played in a shooter, not just in Battlefield.

MrLuBert continued the sentiment, explaining: “It’s not just better than the other maps, it’s a very, very good map. Worthy of being in any BF title.”

These are only a few of the hundreds of comments where players showed their love for DICE’s latest creation. However, with so many players returning for Season 1, they feel Exposure “really exposes how sh*tty the maps on release were.”


Battlefield 2042 Season 2 isn’t expected until September, but Warzone Season 4 and perhaps Modern Warfare 2’s beta will release in the meantime.

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