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Battlefield 2042 will feature cross-play & cross-progression, DICE confirms

DICE have confirmed that Battlefield 2042 will feature both cross-play and cross-progression, with the system being tested this summer.

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DICE has officially confirmed that Battlefield 2042 will feature both cross-play and cross-progression, with consoles and PC getting the choice to opt out from playing together. 

Cross-play has become the industry standard for blockbuster FPS games, with Call of Duty, Apex Legends, and Fortnite allowing players on almost any system to play together. With Battlefield 2042 set to be one of the biggest releases of the year, the question on every player’s mind is, will Battlefield have cross-play? 

DICE has confirmed that, yes, Battlefield 2042 will feature both cross-play and cross-progression. In a recent briefing, Battlefield’s Senior Design Director, Dan Berlin, confirmed that cross-play is a “function we’re looking to build and test for Battlefield 2042.” 

Battlefield 2042 cross play cross progression

DICE is still in the process of designing cross-play for Battlefield 2042, with the feature set to be tested out for the first time in the Technical Playtest later this summer. In this closed playtest, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, and PC will all be playing together in the game’s massive, dynamic maps

With the feature being tested this summer, DICE has outlined what you can expect BF’s cross-play to look like at launch. 

The following systems will be able to matchmake together: 

  • PC, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5 consoles 
    • PC and console can opt-out from playing together 
  • Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles 

This also confirms that Battlefield 2042 won’t feature forced cross-play, and players across console and PC will get the choice to only play with fellow console or PC players.

Battlefield 2042 cross play cross progression

DICE also cleared up whether the two versions of BF2042 can matchmake. Battlefield 2042 will launch with two separate versions – one for PC and next-gen consoles and one for the Xbox One and PS4. Due to hardware limitations on the last-gen systems, that version of the game will be a smaller-scale 64 player version, and therefore cannot matchmake with PC, Xbox Series X|S, and PlayStation 5. 

And finally, Battlefield 2042 will feature cross-progression and cross-commerce, so your progress and purchases “will be shared across all platforms and travel with you wherever you go.” The example they gave was that if you play on PS4, you can switch PC and keep everything that you unlocked, and vice versa.

Stay tuned to Charlie INTEL and @BravoINTEL for all Battlefield 2042 news, including the REDACTED game mode that will be revealed at EA Play on July 22. 

Image Credit: DICE / EA 

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How to play Battlefield 2042 Open Beta

Now that Battlefield 2042 has been officially revealed, here’s how you can play the upcoming massive-scale multiplayer experience’s open beta.

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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’s how you can play the Open Beta and access it early.

Now that the wait is over and Battlefield 2042 has officially been revealed, it’s time to start wondering when you can get your hands on the next installment of the blockbuster franchise. 

The game is on the slate for an October 22, 2021 launch, but DICE also has plans for an Open Beta ahead of its launch. With the latest showcase at EA Play Live, the developers revealed a more specific time for when players can get their hands on the Beta and subsequently the new Specialists, massive maps, and new game modes

Here’s everything we know about Battlefield 2042’s Open Beta. 

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How to access Battlefield 2042 Open Beta

As well as announcing Battlefield Portal, during Battlefield 2042’s showcase for EA Play Live on July 22, DICE officially announced that players can expect the Open Beta in September of this year.

Battlefield V’s beta happened a month before release, with those who preordered the game getting two days of early access. Battlefield 2042 is expected to follow the same model, with the developers confirming that those who preorder the game will be able to play first.

Battlefield 2042 is on the slate for October 22, and although it isn’t a pinpoint date, we can officially expect the Open Beta to drop in September 2021.

Battlefield 2042 Open Beta

If you’ve preordered the game, you’ll get early access to a Closed Beta, likely a couple of days ahead of the Open Beta’s launch. If you haven’t preordered the game, don’t worry, as you won’t have to spend a penny to play the Open Beta. It will likely appear on your platform of choice’s store as a free download. 

There is also no confirmation if the Open Beta will be available for both those playing the Xbox One/PS4 and Xbox Series X/PS5 editions. 

Stay tuned to Charlie INTEL and @BravoINTEL for all updates on Battlefield 2042.

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Battlefield Portal: Classic maps, weapons & custom game modes coming to Battlefield 2042

Here’s everything you need to know about the Battlefield 2042 Battlefield Portal, including the returning classic maps and weapons.

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DICE and Ripple Effect have finally revealed Battlefield 2042’s “REDACTED” mode: Battlefield Portal. Here’s everything you need to know about Battlefield Portal, including the returning maps, weapons, and gadgets from classic titles. 

Ahead of Battlefield 2042’s official reveal, fans clamored for everything from a new Bad Company title to a Battlefield 3 Remake. Ripple Effect, who were previously DICE LA, were listening and crafted a “love letter” to those fans: Battlefield Portal. 

Battlefield Portal is a brand-new experience for 2042 that brings back maps, weapons, and more from classic Battlefield titles such as 1942 and Bad Company 2.

Here’s everything you need to know about Battlefield Portal, including all confirmed content and the game mode builder system. 

What is Battlefield Portal? 

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Battlefield Portal brings back classic maps, weapons, gadgets, and more from previous Battlefield titles for the ultimate sandbox experience. 

Content from Battlefield 1942, Bad Company 2, and Battlefield 3 will play alongside Battlefield 2042’s content, which will lead to some unique and crazy modes and experiences. 

You can choose to either play the ‘Official Experiences’ crafted by Ripple Effect or take advantage of ‘Community Experiences,’ where the playerbase has free rein to build whatever game mode they can come up with. The British Army from WW2 could fight 2042’s Specialists in Arica Harbor, or you could play “Gun Game with weapons throughout history.”

Although being a unique experience, devs confirmed that it’s still part of Battlefield 2042, and you’ll gain experience and progress the Battle Pass even while playing in Portal modes. 

Read on for every confirmed map, weapon, vehicle, and example of all the whacky game modes players can build. 

All Battlefield Portal maps 

Six Classic Maps coming to Battlefield Portal in Battlefield 2042
  • Battle of the Bulge (BF 1942)
  • El Alamein (BF 1942)
  • Arica Harbor (Bad Company 2)
  • Valparaiso (Bad Company 2)
  • Caspian Border (Battlefield 3)
  • Noshahr Canals (Battlefield 3)

Not only will these classic maps feature in Battlefield Portal, but all seven of Battlefield 2042’s launch maps will also be there. All of the upcoming DLC maps will come to Portal too. 

These fan-favorite Battlefield maps have been “optimized for next-gen quality and graphics,” and players can even add destruction that wasn’t there originally. 

While playing on PC and next-gen consoles (PS5 and Xbox Series X|S), these classic maps can be pushed to feature 128 players. However, those on PS4/Xbox One will be limited to 64 players. 

As for players creating their own maps, Ripple Effect said they’d “see what happens in the future,” but it’s not something that they’re focusing on for launch. 

All classic weapons & gadgets coming to Battlefield Portal 

While playing these classic maps, an arsenal of fan-favorite weapons and gadgets will also come to Battlefield Portal. 

Fans can take various weapons and gadgets from Battlefield 1942, Bad Company 2, and Battlefield 3 into the Portal modes. In total, there are over 40 weapons and 30 gadgets from these games coming to Battlefield Portal, as well as all of 2042’s content. 

You can check out Ripple Effect’s list of all confirmed weapons, but here are some standout examples: 

  • Battlefield 1942
    • Thompson 
    • M1 Garand 
    • MP40
    • STG 44
    • K98 Sniper 
    • Bazooka 
  • Bad Company 2 
    • M416
    • G3
    • PP-2000
    • SPAS-12
    • M24 Sniper
    • GOL Sniper Magnum
  • Battlefield 3
    • AS VAL
    • AKS-74u 
    • M16A3
    • ACW-R
    • MP412 REX
    • M98B

These weapons have been rebalanced to make sure they’re “normalized around the 2042 values.” So, the WW2 weapons should be much more in line with the modern-day weapons, but, Ripple Effect have given players the choice of switching to “historical values.” 

The devs explained that in Bad Company 2, “the balance between weapons, infantry, and vehicles was very different to today.” They described how the game made you feel “more like a superhero in a way,” and they want to recreate this feeling with historical tweaks. By enabling the historical settings, they want you to “feel like you felt in Bad Company 2.” 

For gadgets, there will be over thirty coming to Battlefield Portal from the previous titles, alongside those from 2042. 

Here are some examples: 

  • Battlefield 1942
    • EXPPACK
    • Landmine
    • Wrench
    • Binoculars
    • Medkit 
  • Battlefield Bad Company 2
    • Defibrillator 
    • Mortar Strike 
    • Repair Tool
    • AT Mine 
    • Motion Sensor
  • Battlefield 3
    • SOFLAM
    • C4
    • M18 Claymore
    • SMAW
    • T-UGS

All classic vehicles coming to Battlefield Portal

As well as all of these returning weapons and gadgets, over 40 classic vehicles will also be coming to Battlefield Portal. With how technology has advanced, expect some whacky combinations, such as Spitfires dogfighting Little Birds.

Here are some standout classic vehicles coming to Battlefield Portal: 

  • Battlefield 1942
    • B-17 Bomber
    • Spitfire
    • M4 Sherman
    • M3 Halftrack
    • Tiger 1
  • Bad Company 2
    • UAV-1
    • M1114
    • M3A3 Bradley 
    • UH-60
    • T-90
  • Battlefield 3
    • AH-64 APACHE
    • Mi-28 Havoc
    • AH-BJ Little Bird
    • M1161 ITV
    • M1A2

Ripple Effect confirmed that the number of vehicles in custom modes will be limited: “You can spawn maybe 40 vehicles, but not 128.” 

Battlefield Portal custom game mode builder

Battlefield Portal custom game mode

One of the most exciting aspects of Battlefield Portal is the custom mode creation feature. With the help of Ripple Effect’s mode builder, Battlefield fans can create various weird, wonderful, and even competitive game modes. 

The devs described how players can create Gun Game, Infected, and even pit teams from various titles against each other. For example, a 1942 army could take on a 2042 army. 

Ripple Effect appears to have thought of everything to allow players to create their own mode; there’s a casual builder and even complex visual scripting for “advanced builders.” 

Caspian Border in Battlefield 2042 Battlefield Portal

Tompen Andersson, a Game Developer at Ripple Effect, said that he’s most excited to see the “what if scenarios.” Such as could a “Russian tank survive an onslaught of say 20 EOD bots,” or would modern soldiers be able to take on double the amount of 1942 soldiers?

To top it off, designing game modes is completely free, and you’ll still gain XP while playing in them. However, they said they’re working on systems to prevent players from creating XP farm game modes. 

DICE and Ripple Effect confirmed that an Open Beta will be held in September for players on all platforms, so you can check out how to play in the Battlefield 2042 Beta

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How to get Battlefield 1 & Battlefield V free with Prime Gaming

Prime Gaming is offering members the chance to claim free copies of both Battlefield 1 and Battlefield 5. Here’s how you can get yours.

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FPS fans with Prime Gaming memberships will get the chance to land two top EA titles for free in Battlefield 1 and Battlefield V. Our quick guide should help you download it and answer any questions.

It’s an exciting time to be a Battlefield fan at the moment as Battlefield 2042’s slow-burning previews, trailers, and gameplay is keeping fans ticking over. Excitement really is beginning to reach fever pitch with EA and DICE’s blockbuster shooter looking to dethrone Call of Duty.

To capitalize on the game’s anticipation and get even more potential newcomers on board, Prime Gaming subscribers are set to receive two free Battlefield games.

Here’s how you can get your hands on free copies of Battlefield 1 and Battlefield V.

Battlefield 1 & Battlefield V free with Prime Gaming

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The announcement of these Battlefield games being free simply carries on the hype and nostalgia way that the franchise is on at the moment. It was back in June that Prime Gaming offered Battlefield 4, and now they’ve obviously gone one step further.

In order to add these games to your collection, this is what you will need to do:

  1. If you haven’t already, sign up to Prime Gaming, which you can do here
  2. Now, sign into your account
  3. Select the ‘Games and Loot’ option from the menu
  4. Next, scroll down until you get to the ‘Games with Prime’ section
  5. Now, search for ‘Battlefield 1’ and / or ‘Battlefield V’
  6. Claim your free games
  7. Then click to download whichever games you’ve opted for
  8. Play them once they’re ready!

How long will Battlefield 1 & Battlefield V be free with Prime Gaming? Dates & info

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Each game offers players two very different, but equally familiar, classic Battlefield experiences for gamers to enjoy and revel in.

Here is the official information from Prime Gaming regarding both titles and their window of opportunity to be claimed.

Battlefield 1

Available from today through August 4: Battlefield 1 takes players across multiple and varied locations in a bid to fight through immersive battles. From tight urban fights in a besieged French city, to big open spaces in the Italian Alps and frantic combats in the deserts of Arabia, prime members can discover a world at war through an adventure-filled campaign.

“In a true multiplayer sandbox experience, take to the skies and engage in high-octane dogfights through treacherous landscapes, or have a battleship obliterating the coast from the sea, and engage in some of the biggest battles ever seen as empires clash for supremacy.”

Battlefield V

Available from August 2 through October 1: Battlefield V delivers the most immersive gameplay of the franchise in a sandbox environment that takes players back in time to the battles of World War 2, allowing players to feel the force of the fight and truly shape the war as the war shapes them.

“Players’ soldiers can now tow stationary weapons, build fortifications, and repair war-torn structures to turn the battlefield to the player’s advantage. Whether dragging a squad mate to safety or shooting a grenade out of the sky, players will forge a deeper connection to the ever-evolving world around them and achieve victory against the toughest odds. With the freedom to adapt and evolve the battlefield in new and unseen ways, the battlefield will never be the same.”

If you’re in need of some Battlefield to keep you going until the release of Battlefield 2042, then make sure to take advantage of this great offer.

Also, check out if Battlefield 2042 will feature cross-platform play.

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