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EA CEO responds to calls for Battlefield 2042 to add free-to-play mode

EA’s CEO has addressed Battlefield 2042’s lack of a free-to-play mode after criticism from players and fans.



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Battlefield 2042 was expected to have some kind of free-to-play mode to help it compete with rival shooters, but at the moment it doesn’t. EA’s CEO & Director has now addressed Battlefield 2042’s lack of a free-to-play mode and discussed future plans.

There is no saying that Battlefield 2042 had to come with a free-to-play mode on release, but given how competitive the shooter market is at the moment, it’s understandable why fans might have thought this.

After all, Call of Duty: Warzone is free, Apex Legends is free, Fortnite is free, and even Halo Infinite’s online multiplayer is going to be free. Despite this, Battlefield 2042 has no plans to have a free-to-play mode to entice new players anytime soon.

EA’s CEO & Director Andrew Wilson has now explained EA’s stance on the matter, offering some insight as to why this is.

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During EA’s Q2 2022 Earnings Call on November 3, 2021, an unidentified analyst posed the question: “You’ve talked about there being a strong free-to-play component within Battlefield ultimately. So I guess, putting aside the mobile extension, do you have a better sense of what that might look like now? Or do you need to see the engagement with the
various game modes, I guess, post launch?”

It seemed like for a period of time that EA was keeping the details of the new Hazard Zone mode wrapped up as it was going to be a free-to-play reveal, but that didn’t turn out to be the case.

Andrew Wilson explained: “I think when we look at our Battleford [sic] franchise today, we’ve acknowledged that it probably makes sense to have a free-to-play component to that overall ecosystem in the future. Job number one was truly a reinvention of the action shooter category. And I think that’s what they have sought to do.

“And that’s what they’ve achieved through this 128 player multiplayer giant expansion, more deep engagement in creativity through portal mode and innovative new modes in and around the game. I think the next phase of that is going to be the launch of the Battlefield mobile title.

“And then as we continue to expand that — and that in and of itself will serve tens of millions of players. I think as we then think about further expanding the play those over time, free-to-play will make sense for the franchise, but it’s not the focus right now.”

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Judging by these comments, it seems like EA does have plans to incorporate some kind of free-to-play element in Battlefield at some point, but not in the foreseeable future.

Mr Wilson’s words would suggest that Battlefield 2042’s launch on November 19, 2021, and then Battlefield Mobile will be the core focus moving forward, and once these footholds are established, then the free-to-play element will be next on the list.

What it will be remains to be seen. It could be a possible Battlefield battle royale mode, or it could be another new mode that will innovate in the way that Hazard Zone and Battlefield Portal aim to do.

For more Battlefield content, check out how to claim Battlefield 2042 Prime Gaming rewards.

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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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How to level up fast in Battlefield 2042: Level cap & fastest way to gain XP

Looking to rank up fast in Battlefield 2042? Here’s our guid eon the level cap and best ways to gain XP in DICE’s latest game.



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Leveling up in Battlefield 2042 can be quite the grind for players. For those who don’t have the time to play hours on end, there are some simple ways to level up fast and effectively.

Battlefield 2042 players haven’t been the most excited about the game’s launch, highlighting many glitches and issues. Having said that, the developers are working on updates, which is exciting for those who are fans of the franchise.

There are many great aspects of the new Battlefield though, especially when it comes to the variety of weapons available.

For those enjoying the game and looking to unlock all the game has to offer, here’s our guide on the level cap and how to level up faster in Battlefield 2042.

Battlefield 2042’s level cap

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There is currently no battle pass system in Battlefield 2042, with its first season of content set to drop in early 2022. With that being said, there are plenty of levels and content to get through prior to the first season.

The max level in Battlefield 2042 is currently Level 99. However, once you reach this level, there is an option to go even further. After getting through Level 99, you will then progress through S-Levels.

S-Levels start from S001 and end all the way up to S999, which is effectively Level 1098. That means there are around 1098 total Levels in Battlefield 2042 when you include the S-Levels.

How to level up faster in Battlefield 2042

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While there are more levels past 99, you won’t actually unlock anything new. So, in order to obtain everything the game has to offer, all you need to do is reach Level 99.

This is still a pretty big grind, but luckily there are fast ways for players to reach it. Of course, playing the game as much as possible will help, especially if you play with friends, as this gives you additional XP.

However, making sure you are completing certain actions will add a bonus to the XP you’re getting.

Completing Battlefield 2042 challenges

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The most obvious way to gain XP fast is through completing objectives and challenges. Securing flags and completing game mode objectives will give you additional XP, but getting challenges done for Specialists will also help greatly.

Every Specialist in Battlefield 2042 has a variety of challenges to unlock skins. These challenges are great for XP, so make sure you’re focusing on completing them if you want to level up fast.

Battlefield 2042 Ribbons

Battlefield 2042 Ribbons

Players also gain Ribbons from certain actions in-game, which ultimately add additional XP to the amount earned from simply playing a match. The following actions will award players with Ribbons:

  • Killing enemy players
  • Getting assists on squadmates kills
  • Healing fellow players
  • Using EMP’s
  • Destroying enemy vehicles
  • Using the Recon Drone gadget to spot enemies and vehicles
  • Ranger Kills
  • Resupplying your allies with ammo

As well as all this, completing Specialist challenges to gain

Level up fast in the Portal mode

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Previously, there were Portal exploits that allowed players to level up fast. A lot of these have now been patched, but there are still great ways to gain XP in the mode.

Search for XP Farm Servers and participate in killing bots/enemy players to gain XP. This is an easy way to gain XP through getting kills, as there isn’t much of a challenge.

We’re not sure how much longer these XP Farms will exist, as it does seem like the developers are eager to clamp down on them. So, make sure you take advantage while you can!

Hazard Zone

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There are other ways for you to level up faster in Battlefield 2042. The game’s Hazard Zone mode is also great, but may not be the most effective due to its slower pace.

You’ll also need to gain a decent amount of kills, as well as extract all your items, which may be more difficult to achieve consistently than a standard Conquest match.

That’s all you need to know about leveling up fast in EA’s Battlefield 2042.

For those looking to unlock higher-tier weapons like the AC-42, which is currently dominating, you’ll definitely want to follow this guide.

Image Credits: DICE

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Strange Battlefield 2042 bug lets players completely turn off enemy smoke grenades

Battlefield 2042 players have discovered a bug that allows them to completely turn off the effects of smoke grenades.



Smoke grenade in Battlefield 2042

Battlefield 2042 players have across a new bug that lets them completely negate the effects of enemy smoke grenades, making them completely useless in combat.

Battlefield 2042 has been facing quite a few problems since its arrival, from players complaining about the map design to Shroud explaining why weapon bloom is ruining the game.

Now, players have discovered a bug involving smoke grenades and one of the in-game menus, which lets players turn off the effects of that piece of gear, making it completely useless during fights.

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Reddit user Jagsfootball51 highlighted this glitch in the Battlefield 2042 subreddit. “You can completely negate a smoke grenade just by opening the menu and going to [the] Collections [tab],” they stated.

The clip showcased the Redditor looking at some enemies who then threw down a smoke grenade before attempting to revive their teammates. However, the player was able to negate the smoke grenade.

They did this by opening the in-game menu and heading to the Collections tab before returning to the game. The enemy smoke grenades had completely disappeared from their screen after this.

Many of the commenters were surprised by this glitch and expressed their frustration with how this makes grenades completely useless. “This game is so broken,” one user wrote. “This needs an insta-fix.”

At the time of writing, it’s unclear whether or not the developers are aware of this issue. Hopefully, they’ll investigate the bug and implement a fix because this might be game-breaking.

For more Battlefield content, check out our articles on the mindblowing Battlefield 2042 feature that lets players grapple onto tornadoes and the best AC-42 Assault Rifle loadout for Battlefield 2042.

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