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Battlefield 2042: Release date, Portal mode, multiplayer details, beta, more

Battlefield 2042 will release in 2021, and here’s everything we know about EA and DICE’s title including setting, date, gameplay, and leaks.

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Battlefield 2042 has finally been confirmed, 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 storyline, Open Beta details, Portal mode, and 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

Battlefield 2042 tank and players

Finally, we have a release date for Battlefield 2042. EA and DICE have confirmed that fans will be able to get their hands on the game on Friday, October 22, 2021.

Players who buy the Gold or Ultimate editions of Battlefield 2042 will be able to play a week earlier on Friday, October 15, 2021.

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. The game will drop on PC, Xbox Series X / S, PS5, PS4, and Xbox One.

Battlefield 2042 reveal trailer

To get the taste buds tingling ahead of its reveal, content creator JackFrags posted to his social media a cryptic image he was personally DM’d by the Battlefield team.

It then became public knowledge that numerous other personalities had received similar messages with each version of the image being slightly different and exposing random words. The idea was to share them on social media so that the community could solve the puzzle to show off the message.

It was eventually completed, and here is the message in full:

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 will take place in September and will be a month before the game releases. 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 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”

Battlefield 2042 Support specialist

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 drew a picture of. 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 Portal mode

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One of the biggest mysteries surrounding Battlefield 2042 was the unnamed [REDACTED] game mode. Whereas the other modes were revealed and described, EA decided to be a bit more secretive about one of the game’s modes.

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!

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

different game modes that will be in Battlefield 2042

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

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

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.”

Specialists

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.

Is Battlefield 2042 cross-plaftorm

battlefield 2042 vehicle gameplay

DICE have 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.

Battlefield 5 Firestorm

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.

Kaleidoscope in Battlefield 2042

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.

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

Image Credits: DICE / EA

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Battlefield 2042 will not have a Rental Server Program

Battlefield 2042 will release without a Rental Server Program, leaving some players and fans alike disappointed with the news.

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News has come out surrounding a Rental Server Program in Battlefield 2042, which some fans may be disappointed with.

Battlefield 2042 is just around the corner, with players hyped about the game’s release, especially after new details surrounding the upcoming modes like Battlefield Portal.

Some new information has come out regarding the Rental Server Program, which players might not be too happy with, as it seems the devs might scrap it for Battlefield 2042.

Battlefield 2042 Rental Server Program

Battlefield 2042 Rental Server Program

The Rental Server Program allowed players to set up their own public and private servers, allowing them to change various things.

To name some of the settings players could change around and play with:

  • Player Count
  • Ticket count
  • Bullet damage
  • Game modes
  • Weapons
  • Map Rotations
  • Kill Cam
  • Minimap
  • Minimap Spotting
  • Friendly Fire
  • Regenerative Health
  • 3D Spotting
  • Nametag visibility
  • Fog
  • Unlimited Magazines
  • Lenient Latency
  • Ping Cap Setting:  Latency Lock

This was great for those who wanted to set up matches with friends or the community, allowing customization and an experience that the standard online couldn’t provide.

The @bravoINTEL Twitter account reported the news that Battlefield 2042 will not have this system at launch but will evaluate the need for it “post-launch.”

Some are claiming that the reason for this is because of the Portal mode being introduced.

The Portal mode will allow players to use classic weapons, maps, and vehicles and customize the core gameplay mechanics such as bullet velocity and team sizes.

Battlefield 2042 Rental Service Programe

Of course, Portal also allows for private matches and servers for people to invite friends and the community for tournaments or just casual fun games, creating unique modes or maybe recreating modes like Battle Royale.

Whatever the case is, it is confirmed that the Rental Server Program will not be available at launch.

For more on Battlefield 2042, stay tuned on Charlie INTEL, where we will be covering news as it releases.

Image Credits: DICE

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Battlefield 2042 dev explains why there will not be Ranked or esports modes at launch

A Battlefield 2042 developer explains why there won’t be any Ranked or esports game modes for the game when it launches later this year.

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Although competitive gaming is only getting more popular, a Battlefield 2042 dev confirmed that the game will not feature esports or Ranked modes at launch. However, it could come later if Portal creates an appetite for it.

Almost every popular FPS game features a competitive mode nowadays. Cold War has League Play, Fortnite has Arena, and Apex Legends has Ranked Leagues, to name but a few. Battlefield 2042 is set to be the next big thing, so naturally, players will be looking for a place to test their skills in a competitive environment.

Although Battlefield has never been known for its competitive scene, there has been some buzz around the competitive modes that players could create in Portal. However, a developer has confirmed that there will be no official esports or Ranked modes in Battlefield 2042 at launch, but they could come later.

Battlefield 2042 Portal Valparaiso map

Battlefield Portal will allow fans to create all sorts of weird and wonderful modes. Of course, esports and the competitive nature of gaming continue to grow, so Battlefield players will want to build their own competitive modes in Battlefield 2042. And with Portal, they can.

However, a senior Ripple Effect dev has confirmed that there will be no official competitive modes at launch, but they could come later if there’s demand.

YouTube channel Battlefield Nation got the chance to speak to Justin Wiebe, the Senior Design Director at Ripple Effect Studios. Battlefield Nation asked, “Thanks to the builder, the community will be able to create esport settings and environments. Is this something that you (DICE / EA) are planning to support?”

“There’s no plan to have any kind of Ranked or esport mode at launch,” explained Wiebe. “This is something that, obviously, we want to hear more about from the community. Again, I’m using this phrase a lot, but if that’s something that’s important to the community, we’d like to hear about it. And we’ll kind of see what happens after that.”

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So while there are no official plans to create a competitive mode in Battlefield 2042 or Portal, it’s not impossible we’ll see it down the line. While the community could, and most certainly will, create some truly creative competitive modes, there won’t be any sort of ranking system in place.

However, speaking to Dexerto, Thomas ‘Tompen’ Andersson, a Game Developer at Ripple Effect, revealed that players would be able to create their own competitions. Portal servers can be password protected, so “only the players that are supposed to be there, are there.” They said that after launch, they want the Battlefield community to feel that they are being listened to and the tools they need are being built.

Of course, Battlefield isn’t known for its competitive or esports presence. DICE attempted to create a competitive BF mode with ‘Battlefield 1 Incursions,’ a separate BF1 experience that focused on tight squad play and introduced some more hardcore mechanics. Unfortunately, the mode never really left the ground, and many of the additions made their way into BFV instead.

If you can’t wait to play Battlefield 2042, check out how to play in the Open Beta in September.

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Battlefield players reveal the maps they’d like to see in Battlefield 2042 Portal

Battlefield players have been discussing the fan-favorite maps from the popular franchise they’d love to see return through 2042’s Portal mode.

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Battlefield Amiens and Bandar Desert maps

Battlefield Portal is bringing six classic maps to 2042 for players to create their own custom games with, and the community has been discussing what maps they want to see added in the future.

Before Battlefield 2042 was officially revealed, fans were hoping for either a Battlefield 3 remake or even the next installment of the Bad Company franchise. Instead, we got Battlefield 2042, set in the near future, and Battlefield Portal.

Portal takes remastered maps, weapons, and equipment from previous Battlefield games and mixes it with 2042’s content. Players can then create their own unique, custom game modes using this wide range of assets.

Excited about the map remakes, Battlefield fans have been discussing the maps they’d like to see added in the future.

Strike at Karkand (Battlefield 2/3)

Strike at Karkand Battlefield 3

Rush has been neglected by DICE in the last couple of titles, but according to user RunawayAce, Strike at Karkand was “an amazing Rush map.” Originally featured in Battlefield 2, Karkand became all the more popular thanks to its remaster in BF3.

This map sees players fight through the claustrophobic streets of a wartorn, Middle-Eastern city. With plenty of lanes to hold and flanking routes, it will always be remembered as one of the all-time great Rush maps.

Bandar Desert (Battlefield 3)

Battlefield Portal is already receiving Caspian Border and Noshahr Canals from BF3, but players are keen to see Bandar Desert. Reddit user Kermit-Jr began the discussion on July 27, and this is the first map they listed.

Bandar Desert is the second-largest map in Battlefield history (until 2042 releases) and was added in the Armored Kill expansion. This map sees players fight around a bay surrounded by a desert landscape, with plenty of POIs to focus the action.

Grand Bazaar (Battlefield 3)

Grand Bazaar battlefield 3

Grand Bazaar is another fan-favorite BF3 map that players want to see in Portal, as suggested by user Handymandeluxe. Similar to Metro, this is an extremely chaotic, close-range map that was perfect for Rush.

Another user, CharlieTwo-Five, suggested that it should be expanded similar to Operation Metro in BF4.

Siege of Shanghai (Battlefield 4)

Battlefield 4 Siege of Shanghai

Almost every Battlefield fan will remember Battlefield 4’s reveal when the skyscraper in Siege of Shanghai collapsed. This was one of the maps to take advantage of levolution fully, so it makes sense that Battlefield players want to see it again.

You could either take close-range action in the streets or snipe players from the many skyscraper rooftops. This was a true sandbox Battlefield experience and could only be improved with Portal’s new features.

Amiens (Battlefield 1)

Amiens map Battlefield 1

While most of Battlefield 1’s maps took places in the trenches of France and the deserts of Egypt, Amiens took players to the city streets. With Portal’s larger player count, Kermit-Jr wants to see this map expanded to accommodate it.

DICE hasn’t announced that they’ll be bringing over any content from BF1, but with fans already wanting to see it, hopefully, it’ll be added later on.

Players also suggested many other maps, such as those from the original Battlefield Bad Company and even 2142.

What maps do you want to see added to Battlefield Portal in the future? Be sure to let us know at @BravoINTEL on Twitter!

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