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Battlefield 2042 players call for Portal XP to be brought back

Battlefield 2042 devs severely limited Portal XP to counter farming modes, but players are desperate to see the change reverted.

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DICE almost entirely disabled progression in Battlefield 2042 Portal after it was used to farm XP, but players are calling for it to return after the change turned players away from the mode.

Battlefield 2042 Portal brings content from previous Battlefield games together, where players can create their own unique modes for the community to play. Many regard it as one of 2042’s best modes, but players were quick to use it to farm XP.

DICE were even quicker to limit Portal progression, where you now hardly earn any points when playing in custom matches. However, players are now fed up with not earning any XP and believe it’s hurting the mode’s player count.

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When Battlefield 2042 first launched in Early Access, the Portal server browser was full of XP farm modes. These had loads of bots on minimal health, so players could rack up an incredible amount of kills and points.

DICE and Ripple Effect quickly countered the XP farms, drastically limiting the amount of XP you can earn in Portal. However, Battlefield 2042 players are desperate for DICE to re-enable full progression in Portal modes.

Reddit user Chief81 began the call, posting to the Battlefield 2042 subreddit: “Please enable XP back to Portal.”

They explained that they don’t care if some players are using the mode to boost as if someone is max level and has everything unlocked, “it does not hurt every other player.” However, they argue that limiting Portal XP negatively affects everyone.

Many others in the comments agreed, saying that even though Portal is their favorite part of Battlefield 2042, they’ve given up on it. They said that getting low XP and no attachment progress removes all incentives to play.

As for Portal’s XP being re-enabled, a Ripple Effect dev has said that they’re “working on it,” but didn’t provide any timeframe.

Be sure to stay tuned to Charlie INTEL, as we’ll let you know if the developers provide any more updates to Portal’s XP.


For more Battlefield 2042, you can check out the strange bug that lets players completely turn off enemy smoke grenades.

Image Credits: DICE / EA

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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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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.

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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.

Battlefield 2042 has been suffering from numerous bugs, glitches, and crashes, and DICE attempted to solve some of the worst offenders with January 20’s Update 3.2.

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

Battlefield 2042 Specialists in Hazard Zone mode

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:

  1. Open your Steam Library
  2. Right-click on Battlefield 2042
  3. Select Properties
  4. Select Updates
  5. Hit the drop down arrow underneath ‘Automatic Updates
  6. Select ‘Only update this game when I launch it
  7. Launch Battlefield 2042 through Steam
Battlefield 2042 Steam update settings menu

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.

Battlefield 2042’s next update is scheduled for February, which finally brings a proper Scoreboard to the game. Then, Season 1 is expected to begin in March, bringing a new map.

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Battlefield 2042 could go free-to-play after EA “very disappointed” with release

EA are reportedly considering a free-to-play model for Battlefield 2042 after its poor release and low player count.

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According to reliable leaker Tom Henderson, EA are reportedly “very disappointed” with Battlefield 2042’s launch and are considering making the game free-to-play in some capacity.

The free-to-play model has been adopted by almost every publisher in the games industry, pulling in as many players as possible and then selling in-game cosmetics to rake in an incredible amount of money.

Microsoft made the incredible decision to make Halo Infinite’s multiplayer free-to-play, and Warzone, Fortnite, and Apex continue to dominate the shooter market.

Many expected Battlefield 2042’s Hazard Zone to be the free-to-play offering, but this wasn’t the case. However, it’s been reported that EA are considering adding a free-to-play element to the game after its disappointing launch.

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Battlefield 2042 was one of the most anticipated shooters of 2021 but issues such as poor performance, the disappearance of the classic class system, and the controversial bullet spread mechanic turned away both new and returning players.

A declining player count has meant that 2018’s Battlefield V has had more players on Steam, and EA are reportedly “very disappointed” with how it has performed.

Industry insider Tom Henderson reported the news on January 20, claiming that EA are “looking at all options” with Battlefield 2042, which includes looking at free-to-play “in some capacity.”

It remains to be seen what this free-to-play model may look like, but Henderson said that he’ll reveal more information on January 21.

The community wasn’t convinced that going free would help Battlefield 2042, as the issues are rooted in the game itself. “Making it F2P will only give them another 10k players for like 2 weeks and then those players will leave,” said one player. “This game is gonna get ditched.”

“Sadly, I’m happy that they’ve admitted being very disappointed with it,” explained another popular leaker, TheMW2Ghost. “Hopefully that’ll shift the game in the right direction, and adding a **scoreboard** to the game isn’t seen as an incredible act of legacy feature implementation.”

DICE recently unveiled plans to add a proper Scoreboard to Battlefield 2042, and while fans were happy to see it return, they were shocked it was never there in the first place.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated with more information surrounding EA’s future plans for Battlefield 2042.

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