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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? 

Battlefield Portal game mode BF2042

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

Image Credit: EA / DICE

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Dr Disrespect explains why Battlefield 2042 Hazard Zone may “get old real fast”

Battlefield 2042’s squad-based mode Hazard Zone has been revealed, but Dr Disrespect has some concerns about the mode’s longevity.

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Although excited at the idea of Battlefield 2042’s Hazard Zone mode, Herschel ‘Guy’ Beahm IV, AKA Dr Disrespect, explained why the mode may “get old real fast.”

The final gameplay experience for Battlefield 2042, Hazard Zone, has been revealed. This mode takes aspects from games such as Hunt Showdown and Escape from Tarkov, where the goal is for squads to extract with data drives.

While there’s plenty of excitement for the mode, some feel it’s a “huge mistake” that it’s not free-to-play.

Seemingly unconcerned about its free-to-play status, streaming star Dr Disrespect has described the gameplay features that may let Hazard Zone down.

Player using riot shield in battlefield 2042 hazard zone

There have been many comparisons between Hazard Zone and Escape from Tarkov, but the Doc disagrees. He feels that Tarkov’s pace is what sets it apart and explained that Battlefield 2042’s pacing might not suit the squad-based, tactical mode.

“If we’re playing on these maps with 32 players total, and AIs are running around, are the maps going to feel too small?” asked Dr Disrespect.

“Remember, you can get across these maps pretty fast… From what I remember from the Beta, that was a big map. And I was able to get to the center of the map pretty fast. Just like that,” he explained, snapping his fingers.

“I just don’t know if the player mechanics will hurt the appeal of the game mode because they’re almost too fast.” He later discovered that Hazard Zone will be smaller versions of the base maps, which only cemented his concerns.

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Dr Disrespect also said that if the fiction around the mode, including the “scripting around the AI,” doesn’t evolve and change, then the mode will “get old real fast.” He’s also unsure if 32 player matches will allow players to use their purchased Tactical Upgrades fully.

However, even though he has his concerns, Doc said he is excited for Battlefield and Hazard Zone. He said he’s “thoroughly impressed” with the look of the game and likes that it’s “traditionally built for PC.”

For more Battlefield 2042, you can check out why Doc preferred Battlefield 2042’s Beta to Halo Infinite’s.

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Is Battlefield 2042 free to play?

There were some rumors floating around that some of Battlefield 2042’s modes may be free-to-play, but we now have the official information.

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Is Battlefield 2042 free to play? We have all the information you need to know about the cost of DICE’s upcoming installment to the Battlefield franchise, including the rumors surrounding Hazard Zone.

Battlefield 2042 is set to release on November 19, after being delayed from its original October release.

With that being said, we now have loads of information on the game and players being able to get to grips with gameplay during the Open Beta.

One thing that some in the community have been slightly unsure about is whether Battlefield 2042 is free to play, especially as there have been free-to-play rumors surrounding the Hazard Zone mode.

Is Battlefield 2042 free to play?

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As of right now, we can confirm that Battlefield 2042 as a whole will not be free to play but instead cost the usual full game price of around $69.99.

There were some rumors floating around that suggested the game’s new Hazard Zone mode, which features similar gameplay to Hunt: Showdown and Escape from Tarkov, would be free-to-play.

However, these rumors have now been shot down, and the developers have confirmed the game will be part of the Battlefield 2042 package rather than being downloadable on its own.

battlefield 2042 art

Of course, DICE will be offering players a lot of content when the game launches, such as the Portal mode, a brand new Campaign, and the classic Multiplayer mode.

However, some were disappointed to hear that Hazard Zone wouldn’t be free to play and believed it would have been a perfect free mode to help draw newer players in, such as Warzone and the Call of Duty franchise.

Perhaps if the demand is there, the developers may consider something like making one of the modes free to play, but for now, the game will cost to access all the modes it has to offer.

For more Battlefield 2042, here’s our tier list for all of the Battlefield 2042 Specialists and why popular content creator Dr Disrespect prefers Battlefield 2042 to “forgettable” Halo Infinite.

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Battlefield 2042: Release date, multiplayer, Portal, Hazard Zone, Specialists, more

Battlefield 2042 is almost here, so here’s everything we know about EA and DICE’s title including the release date, gameplay, and Portal.

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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, Portal mode, Hazard Zone, and a lot more.

The Battlefield 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.

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.

Here’s everything you need to know about Battlefield 2042, including its multiplayer, Portal mode, Hazard Zone, maps, weapons, and more.


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Battlefield 2042 release date

Battlefield 2042 tank and players

Battlefield 2042 will be released on consoles and PC on November 19, 2021. Although DICE had originally announced an October release date for Battlefield 2042, they confirmed on September 15 that it had been delayed.

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 storyline

Battlefield 2042 Support specialist

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 industry insider Tom 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 robot dog

Battlefield 2042 multiplayer: All-Out Warfare

Multiplayer is the focus of Battlefield 2042, with three modes launching with the game in November.

Battlefield 2042 will of course bring back the traditional multiplayer experience with All-Out Warfare. This will feature classic Battlefield gameplay with modes such as Conquest and Breakthrough at the front and center.

Next-gen consoles will get to experience 128-player action across the seven multiplayer maps, some of which are set to be the biggest ever. These will feature weather events and destruction that will shake up gameplay and alter the course of the match.

Battlefield 2042 Portal mode

Battlefield Portal El Alamein map gameplay

At EA Play 2021 on July 22, the world was treated to the official unveiling of Battlefield 2042’s Battlefield Portal mode.

A combination of previous Battlefield games, Portal looks set to offer the franchise’s most ambitious and frantic game mode ever! In Portal, players can build their own custom game modes using a ton of different maps, weapons, and vehicles from previous Battlefield games.

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 Hazard Zone mode

Battlefield 2042 hazard zone gameplay

Battlefield 2042’s final mode, Hazard Zone, was revealed on October 14, 2021.

This mode appears to be heavily inspired by games such as Escape from Tarkov and Hunt Showdown, where the emphasis is on extracting from the map with Data Drives, rather than being the last man standing.

The mode will take place across all seven of the multiplayer maps, and players can use Credits to purchase weapons, Gadgets, and Tactical Upgrades to help them fight and survive.

The team that extracts with the most Data Drives wins, so it appears that tight squad play will be necessary for the win.

Battlefield 2042 Specialists

Boris Battlefield 2042 Specialist

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.

Here’s every confirmed Specialist and their gadgets so far.

Mackay – Assault

Mackay uses a Grapple Hook Gadget to reach high places and quickly navigate around the map. He also has the Nimble Trait which allows for increased mobility when ADSing and on ziplines.

Falck – Support

Falck plays the medic role in her squad, using the S21 Syrette Pistol to quickly heal teammates and herself. She also has the Combat Surgeon Trait, which allows her to revive allies to full health.

Casper – Recon

Casper Recon Specialist in Battlefield 2042

Casper’s role is all about gathering intel for his squad and team. The OV-P Recon Drone can spot enemies and emit an EMP blast, and his Movement Sensor Trait alerts him to nearby enemy movement.

Boris – Engineer

Boris holds down positions for his team with the SG-36 Sentry Gun, which auto-targets any nearby enemies or vehicles. And his Sentry Operator Trait allows the Sentry Gun to live ping any targets it spots.

Irish – Engineer

Kimble “Irish” Graves is well-known to Battlefield 4 fans, and now he makes his way to Battlefield 2042. Using his Fortification System, he can put down DCS Deployable Cover and the APS-36 Shootdown Sentinal, which is essentially a trophy system. And for his Trait, Irish has Veteran which allows him to provide armor “with additional bonuses from downed enemies.”

Battlefield 2042 maps

battlefield 2042 kaleidoscope map

Battlefield 2042 will feature seven All-Out Warfare maps at launch, with another six remastered from previous Battlefield games for Portal.

Here’s every map in Battlefield 2042:

  • Hourglass
  • Discarded
  • Manifest
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Orbital
  • Breakaway
  • Renewal
  • Battle of the Bulge (Portal)
  • El Alamein (Portal)
  • Arica Harbor (Portal)
  • Valparaiso (Portal)
  • Caspian Border (Portal)
  • Noshahr Canals (Portal)

Battlefield 2042 guns & weapon attachment Plus System

bf 2042 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 from the Beta and trailers.

Assault Rifles

  • M5A3
  • AK12
  • 4v9 (DDM4V7)
  • SCAR-H

SMGs

  • PBX-45 (LWRC SMG 45)
  • K30 (KRISS Vector)

LMGs

  • PKP Pecheneg
  • LCMG

Sniper Rifles

  • SWS-10

Handguns

  • G57 (Glock 19)
  • M44 (Taurus M44)

Marksman Rifles

  • Chukavin SVCh
  • DSR-1
  • TG-24 (Sako TRG)

Shotguns

  • MCS-880

Launchers

  • Recoilless M5
  • FN40GL

As well as an extensive armory of weapons to try out, players will also be able to take advantage of Battlefield 2042’s new attachment Plus System.

This allows players to swap out attachments for their gun on the fly, meaning you could be mid-battle, and switch your weapons scope, magazine, barrel, and grip.

Battlefield 2042 Vehicles

attack helicopter in bf 2042

But what’s the need for weapons when you can commandeer one of Battlefield 2042’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
  • Hovercraft
  • M1A5 Tank
  • MD540 Nightbird Helicopter
  • MV38-Condor
  • Quad Bike / ATV
  • SU-57 Elon Jet
  • T28 Tank

Battlefield 2042 anti-cheat

Given how much notoriety there has been surroundings other games such as Warzone when it comes to cheating and hacking, DICE announced that Battlefield 2042 will have Easy Anti-Cheat.

This is the same anti-cheat used in other popular games such as Fortnite and Apex Legends, and the team confirmed that they will continue to monitor it post-launch.

Battlefield 2042 cross-plaftorm & cross-progression

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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 was tested this summer.

The following systems will be able to matchmake together: 

  • PC, Xbox Series X|S, and 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?

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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. In the meantime, it appears that Hazard Zone will provide a similar, but quite different, experience.

Will Battlefield 2042 be on PS4 and Xbox One?

Kaleidoscope in Battlefield 2042

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.

All Battlefield 2042 trailers

Battlefield 2042 was officially revealed on June 9, revealing the game’s setting, maps, vehicles, and more. Since then, we’ve had trailers for the many other aspects of the game such as Portal and Hazard Zone.

Here are are the Battlefield 2042 trailers so far.

Reveal trailer

Gameplay trailer

Portal trailer

Exodus short film

Specialists trailer

Open Beta trailer

Hazard Zone trailer


That’s everything we know about Battlefield 2042! Once the game officially releases in November, we’ll know everything the latest entry has to offer.

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

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