Although being designed as a “next-gen” experience for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, Battlefield 2021 is also confirmed to release on the PS4 and Xbox One.
Since EA and DICE confirmed that Battlefield 6 will be “brought to life with the power of next-gen consoles and PCs,” many believed that the game would only arrive on the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S consoles. However, in their most recent investors call, EA clarified the situation.
In their investor earnings call of May 11, EA’s CEO Andrew Wilson said, “So yes, Battlefield will be available for both current-gen and next-gen as will our sports titles.”
EA further clarified what the game being built for next-gen will entail. “The reference specifically from our prepared remarks was around the nature of gameplay,” explained Wilson. “What we can do with fidelity of the game, what we can do with physics, artificial intelligence and the immersive nature of the game, and in the case of Battlefield, what we can do with respect to the amount of players that we can have in the game.
“The nature of destruction in those Only In Battlefield moments that are truly next-gen opportunities that we’re able to do in the context of our next-gen franchises because of the increased processing power and memory and output of the new consoles.”
So those unable to get their hands on these rare new consoles can still play Battlefield 6, although since the game is designed for next-gen, it may be a stripped-back version similar to Battlefield 4’s release on both the PS3 and PS4.
The game is also slated to arrive on Xbox Game Pass, so perhaps those playing Battlefield on an Xbox One will get a free upgrade when they move onto the next generation of console.
Image Credit: EA / DICE
Battlefield 2042: Release date, Portal mode, multiplayer, Beta, Specialists, Exodus film
Battlefield 2042 will release in 2021, and here’s everything we know about EA and DICE’s title including setting, date, gameplay, and leaks.
Battlefield 2042 is edging ever-closer, and we have everything you need to know about EA and DICE’s next entry into the legendary franchise, including release date, the game’s story, Open Beta details, Portal mode, and a lot more.
The franchise has remained pretty quiet since the release of Battlefield V back in 2018, but it remains one of the most popular FPS titles on the market. The series acts as the perfect alternative to the close-quarters combat of Call of Duty, bringing massive battles fought across vast locations throughout history.
After the disappointing reception to the Firestorm battle royale mode, EA and DICE decided to go back to the drawing board and try to rethink the different aspects of what makes BF so successful.
Finally, Battlefield 2042 was officially announced on June 9, 2021, giving us a look at some major things coming to PC, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PS4 & PS5 later this year.
Battlefield 2042 release date
Although DICE had originally announced an October release date for Battlefield 2042, they confirmed on September 15 that it had been delayed. The release date for Battlefield 2042 is now Friday, November 19, 2021.
Players who buy the Gold or Ultimate editions of Battlefield 2042 will be able to play a week earlier on Friday, November 12.
Originally, the developers had said we could expect a Holiday 2021 release, leading many to think it would be late November when it would launch, which is now a reality.
Battlefield 2042 reveal trailer
How to play the Battlefield 2042 Beta
Eager players itching to get their hands on Battlefield 2042 won’t have to wait as long as EA has announced that an Open Beta will be taking place.
It was originally said to release in September but is now expected to arrive in late September or October. With the announcement that 2042 has been delayed, Adam Freeman, DICE’s Lead Community Manager said that “New dates for the Open Beta will be shared later this month [September].”
There’s no word yet on how gamers will be able to access it and download it, but we will update you once we know more.
There will also be a Closed Beta for players that pre-ordered their copy of Battlefield 2042. This will likely be a few days before the Open Beta, and will further help to iron out the game’s kinks.
Battlefield 2042 anti-cheat
Given how much notoriety there has been surroundings other games such as Warzone when it comes to cheating and hacking, the term “anti-cheat” has become a big topic.
Activision is just finally adding anti-cheat to Warzone after a long time of fans and players desperately asking for it. A leak from industry insider Tom Henderson has confirmed that Battlefield 2042 will have anti-cheat, and it will be using the same one as Apex Legends and Fortnite – Easy Anticheat.
Battlefield 2042 storyline
As you have probably guessed from the title, Battlefield 2042 is set in the future, with the world on the brink. Food, energy, and clean water are in short supply, and failed nations have created “the greatest refugee crisis in human history.”
With the United States and Russia at war, Non-Patriated, or No-Pat Specialists join both sides, “not fighting for a flag, but for the future of the Non-Patriated in this new world.”
Of course, the game is set to be full of high-tech guns and gadgets. One of these futuristic weapons is the combat robot dog that Henderson had leaked. These are in use by the military today, but will perhaps be even more powerful in the near future setting of Battlefield 2042.
Battlefield 2042 Exodus Film
On August 12, the official Battlefield YouTube channel finally dropped its promised “Exodus” short film to set the scene for the game’s story.
You can check out the full battlefield 2042 Exodus film below.
It saw the return of Irish from Battlefield 4, and throughout its 9 minutes and 6 second duration kept the action tense and exciting.
Battlefield 2042 Portal mode
One of the biggest mysteries surrounding Battlefield 2042 was the unnamed [REDACTED] game mode. Whereas some of the other modes were revealed and described, EA decided to be a bit more secretive about one of the game’s modes.
A combination of previous Battlefield games, Portal looks set to offer the franchise’s most ambitious and frantic game mode ever!
It will feature the following:
- Content from Battlefield 1942, Bad Company 2, Battlefield 3, and Battlefield 2042
- You can play ‘Official Experiences’ or ‘Community Experiences’
- Confirmed maps: 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), and BF 2042 maps
- Numerous weapons and gadgets from the mentioned games
- Over 40 classic vehicles from the respective time periods
- Custom game mode builder
Battlefield Portal looks like it has the potential to be one of the most fun modes the series has ever created.
Battlefield 2042 other multiplayer modes & Specialists: All-Out Warfare & Hazard Zone
Multiplayer is the focus of Battlefield 2042, with three modes launching with the game in October, and more content to be added down the line.
All Out Warfare is classic Battlefield described on the official website as, “The next generation of fan-favorites Conquest and Breakthrough features the largest Battlefield maps ever and up to 128 players. Experience the intensity of all-out warfare on maps filled with dynamic weather and spectacular world events.”
Hazard Zone is fixated on providing a proper squad-based game mode, and the full description of the mode says, “An all-new, high-stakes, squad-based game type that is a modern take on the multiplayer experience. Hazard Zone is distinctly Battlefield, but very different from the modes of All-Out Warfare.”
Leaks have indicated that it will be a mix of Hunt Showdown and Escape from Tarkov, and could be free to play.
For the first time, Battlefield 2042 introduces Specialists, who each come with their own skills, traits, and abilities – like Rainbow Six Siege. There will be 10 at launch, with EA and DICE set to add a new Specialist every season.
Battlefield 2042 Guns & Attachment Plus System
A highlight of playing a new FPS game is getting to try out all the new weapons the devs have built from the ground up.
Battlefield 2042 is set to feature an extensive selection of firearms to try out, and we have many of them below.
Here are all of Battlefield 2042’s guns that we know of so far:
- M5A3 (MCX Spear)
- AK24 (AK12)
- 4v9 (DDM4V7)
- PKP Pecheneg
- LCMG (KAC LAMG)
- G57 (Glock 19)
- M44 (Taurus M44)
- Carl Gustaf M4
- Chukavin SVCh
- TG-24 (Sako TRG)
- Remington 870
- PBX-9 (LWRC SMG 45)
- K30 (KRISS Vector)
As well as an extensive armory of weapons to try out, players will also be able to take advantage of Battlefield 2042’s new attachments system.
It will allow players to swap out attachments for their gun on the fly, meaning you could be mid-battle, and change up the optic you want for your AR.
Battlefield 2042 Vehicles
But what’s the need for weapons when you can commandeer one of the game’s many big, cool vehicles!
Featuring destructive attack helicopters, bulldozing tanks, and a lot more, Battlefield 2042 has all the tools to fit the situation.
These are the vehicles that have been outed for BF 2042 so far:
- AH640GX Apache Warchief Attack Helicopter
- E6-JGR Recon
- F-35E Panther Jet
- Futuristic Three-Wheeled Auto Rickshaw
- M1A5 Tank
- MD540 Nightbird Helicopter
- Quad Bike / ATV
- SU-57 Elon Jet
- T28 Tank
Is Battlefield 2042 cross-plaftorm?
DICE has confirmed that yes, Battlefield 2042 will feature cross-play and cross-progression! In a briefing on July 14, DICE revealed that they are working on a cross-play system, which will be tested later in Summer.
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
Battlefield 2042 will also feature cross-progression, allowing you to keep your progress and purchases when switching systems. The example they gave was that a player could switch from PS4 to PC and keep everything they unlocked, and vice versa.
Will Battlefield 2042 have a battle royale?
The appetite for a battle royale is certainly there, with popular streamer Dr Disrespect clearly excited by the prospect, but unfortunately, EA and DICE have confirmed that Battlefield 2042 does not have a battle royale at launch.
Whether they will add one further down the line remains to be seen, but for now, we’ll have to wait and see if any further announcements are made.
Will Battlefield 6 be on PS4 and Xbox One?
Yes! In an investor earnings call on May 11, EA boss Andrew Wilson said that “Battlefield will be available for both current-gen and next-gen.”
After DICE said the game will be “brought to life” with the “power” of next-gen consoles, many presumed that the game would only release on the Xbox Series X|S and PS5, but we now know this is no longer the case.
Playing on a last-gen console does come at a cost though, as EA and DICE have confirmed that players on Xbox One and PS4 will play in smaller lobbies and on scaled-back versions of the maps. However, it will still feature the same classes, gadgets, and game-changing weather effects.
To be clear, the game will drop on PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5.
That’s everything we know about Battlefield 2042! Once the official reveal happens in June, we’ll be bound to know more about the next installment of the shooter franchise.
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Image Credits: DICE / EA
How many people play Battlefield 5? 2021 player count
Ever wondered how active Battlefield 5’s playerbase is? Check out how many people are playing Battlefield 5 in 2021.
With Battlefield 2042 set to release this year, Battlefield V has received a player resurgence, so we’re taking a look at how many people are playing 2018’s WW2 Battlefield in 2021.
Although Battlefield 2042 has just been delayed, players are still extremely hyped for the latest game in the franchise. This has brought players back to the previous titles, as they’re looking for the large-scale sandbox fix that no other FPS game can offer.
Battlefield 5, the most recent entry in the franchise, has seen a particular resurgence, with it having the most up-to-date graphics and mechanics that the series can offer.
Here’s how many people are playing Battlefield 5 in 2021.
Battlefield 5 2021 player count
Battlefield V is available across Xbox, PlayStation, Steam, and Origin, so there is a healthy pool of platforms to play the game on.
According to the website activeplayer.io, which collates data from all around the web, there was an average of 28,178 Battlefield 5 players across August and September 2021. This number has been gradually rising since June 2020, where Battlefield 5 averaged 21,379.
The website also estimates that there have been 49,807 Battlefield 5 players in the last hour (September 16), which is well above the average.
Battlefield 5 player count comparison
It’s worth comparing Battlefield 5’s player count to the other Battlefield titles that are available. Battlefield 1, the title before 5, has had an average of 7,106 Steam players in the past 30 days.
Battlefield 4, perhaps the game that will resemble 2042 the most, has had 5,072 Steam players in the past 30 days. Of course, these numbers are likely to be higher with other users playing on Xbox, PlayStation, and Origin.
Image Credit: DICE / EA
Battlefield 2042 delayed after EA & DICE announcment
The release date of the highly anticipated first-person shooter Battlefield 2042 has officially been delayed.
Electronic Arts and developers DICE have announced that the highly-anticipated release of Battlefield 2042 has been delayed.
Battlefield 2042 was scheduled to release on October 22, 2021, but after weeks of radio silence and questions about the game’s missing open beta, confirmation of the delay has finally arrived.
In a statement, EA and DICE announced that Battlefield 2042 will be released on November 19, 2021, almost a month after fans first expected to get their hands on it.
In the announcement regarding the Battlefield 2042 delay, EA and DICE explained:
“We’ve made the decision to shift the launch of Battlefield 2042. The game will now be released worldwide on November 19th, 2021.
Building the next generation of Battlefield during a global pandemic has created unforeseen challenges for our development teams. Given the scale and scope of the game, we had hoped our teams would be back in our studios together as we move towards launch. With the ongoing conditions not allowing that to happen safely, and with all the hard work the teams are doing from home, we feel it is important to take the extra time to deliver on the vision of Battlefield 2042 for our players.
Your enthusiasm for the game has been very inspiring. We believe in the game we’re making, and we thank you for your patience as we put some finishing touches into the experience.
Updates on the Open Beta will be coming later this month,” stated DICE Studio GM Oskar Gabrielson in a press release.
Battlefield 2042 was first announced on June 9, with fans getting their first glimpse at the game’s new maps, Hazard Zone mode, Specialists, and much more. The end of 2021 was set to see EA’s FPS juggernaut go head-to-head with Call of Duty: Vanguard and Halo Infinite, but unfortunately, this matchup will be taking place later than originally planned.
Battlefield 2042 will now be released on November 19, 2021, on PC, Xbox Series X/S, PS5, Xbox One, and PS4.
Image Credits: EA / DICE
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