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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

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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

battlefield 2042 vehicle gameplay

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?

Battlefield 5 Firestorm

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.

Image Credits: DICE / EA

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Battlefield 2042 is so broken that cheat sellers are closing shop

It appears that cheaters are leaving Battlefield 2042 behind as the game is so broken that the cheats don’t work properly.

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While cheaters have been plaguing top multiplayer titles such as Warzone and Halo, it appears that Battlefield 2042’s multitude of bugs and performance issues are preventing cheats from working properly, so sellers are closing shop.

Even though hype for Battlefield 2042 was at an all-time high after it was announced, cheaters were a worry niggling in players’ minds. DICE sought to reassure players by announcing their anti-cheat plans, but it appears these hackers are being deterred by something else entirely.

It has been reported that alongside the declining player base, Battlefield 2042’s performance issues are stopping these cheats from working properly, so they’re not being sold anymore.

Mackay saving civilian in battlefield 2042

Battlefield 2042 uses Easy Anti-Cheat – the same provider as Apex Legends and Fortnite. However, Battlefield 2042 costs around $60, so while cheaters certainly exist, it hasn’t suffered the same way these other games have.

But it appears that cheaters might be leaving Battlefield 2042 for good as the player base is too small to be worth the provider’s time, and the game is so broken that their cheats don’t even work properly.

This was first reported by industry insider Tom Henderson, who tweeted that a Battlefield 2042 cheat provider is suspending its services to the game, and “it’s not because of Anti-cheat.”

“It’s because [Battlefield 2042’s] performance makes the cheats not work properly,” he revealed, sharing a screenshot that seems to be from a cheat seller’s Discord.

In this screenshot, the cheat seller announced, “We will discontinue BF2042 from our store.”

“The reason for this decision is the ongoing performance issue of the game which affects the cheat,” they explained. “And that most people don’t use their subscription anymore since the game is dying.”

“They aren’t the only ones,” claimed content creator Mavriq. “Couple of providers stopped support cause the userbase isn’t there to justify working on the cheat.”

While a declining player base is never good for a game’s longevity, perhaps hardcore players will find some comfort in knowing that cheaters aren’t bothering to ruin matches of Battlefield 2042.

The devs appear committed to getting the game back on track though, with the Game Director giving a reassuringly candid response to complaints.

Image Credit: DICE / EA

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Fortnite adds Battlefield 2042-style Tornadoes in January 11 hotfix: Patch notes

Fortnite’s January 11 hotfix has added Tornadoes and more to Chapter 3 of the battle royale, so here are the full patch notes.

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Fortnite has added Battlefield 2042-esque dynamic weather Tornadoes and Lightning in a January 11 hotfix, so here are the full patch notes.

Battlefield 2042 sought to change the game by including dynamic weather effects such as Tornadoes and Sandstorms, and now Fortnite Chapter 3 has taken a leaf out of DICE’s book.

As of the January 11 hotfix, players can find Tornadoes and Lightning all over the Chapter 3 Island, as well as see the return of the Flare Gun.

Here are the full patch notes for Fortnite’s January 11 hotfix.

Fortnite adds Tornadoes & Lightning

Fortnite Chapter 3’s trailer showed off some incredible weather effects, and they’ve finally arrived in the January 11 hotfix. Now, the storms can form in the Chapter 3 Island bringing both Tornadoes and Lightning.

While Tornadoes are often lethal in Battlefield 2042, they’re actually your friend in Fortnite. They’ll lift you into the air if you get near enough, and then “You’ll spin round and round ‘til you choose to glide to safety — or if you stay spinning long enough — ‘til the twister spits you out.”

And the Lightning isn’t to be feared either. While it deals a small amount of damage and sets the surrounding area on fire, Lightning will give you a temporary speed boost. You can get struck by lightning by jumping into the water below the cloud or reaching the highest land point below it.

And don’t worry about getting struck over and over again, “Lighting doesn’t strike twice back-to-back.”

Fortnite Flare Gun returns

Fortnite Flare Gun

The Flare Gun has also been unvaulted in the January 11 hotfix, where you can find it in Chests, on the ground, and from Supply Drops.

This fiery weapon deals 60 damage with an area of effect and will set alight anything it touches. You can now use them alongside Firefly Jars to burn down enemy structures.

Fortnite Tornado Week

Lightning in Fortnite Chapter 3

Fortnite will include a Tornado Week to celebrate the weather effect’s arrival, with Tornadoes being far more common from January 11 until January 17 at 6 AM PT / 9 AM ET / 2 PM GMT.

Fortnite Competitive patch notes

  • Tornadoes and lightning are not included in competitive playlists.
  • Flare Guns are currently not in competitive playlists but are subject to an evaluation period.
    • During this Season, items like the Flare Gun and Shield Keg could potentially be introduced to competitive playlists after a one-to-two week evaluation period. In this Season in particular, we’re evaluating the viability of more mid-Season items introduced to competitive playlists than in recent previous Seasons.

For more Fortnite, you can check out everything we know about the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle crossover.

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Battlefield 2042 dev responds to claims that bug completely resets recoil

A Battlefield 2042 player believed they found a bug that completely resets recoil, and a senior developers has issued a response.

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A Battlefield 2042 player believed they found a nifty glitch that completely reset the recoil on their weapon, but a senior developer shut down the claims.

Battlefield 2042 suffered an infamously poor launch, with Steam reportedly still offering refunds to players. However, DICE have returned from their holiday break and will be looking at the major changes that need to be made.

A player claimed that an exploit that allows players to reset their recoil flew under the radar, but Lead Game Designer Florian ‘DRUNKKZ3’ Le Bihan gave an in-depth response explaining the issue.

Battlefield 2042 soldiers in front of a helicopter

Battlefield 2042 players were extremely disappointed in the bullet spread mechanic, which made it nearly impossible to hit enemies at range. This has since been dialed back, but there appears to be another issue that completely resets recoil.

Twitter user ‘SgtDangerCow’ tweeted out that “currently if you crouch whilst firing, you essentially ‘reset’ your vertical recoil.” In the video attached, we can see the aim point moves back to the starting position, essentially resetting the recoil.

DICE’s community manager Kevin Johnson said the issue would be passed on, and tagged Lead Game Designer Florian Le Bihan, who gave an in-depth explanation.

“There really isn’t anything wrong,” explained Le Bihan. “When you go crouch the camera translates downwards which moves the point of aim down like any FPS. Recoil pitches the camera upwards as you fire which is also expected.”

He continued, “In this case scenario you are firing at an object pretty close and it just happened that when you went crouch, the camera moved down enough to more or less move your sight close enough to where your first shot was hitting.”

Le Bihan then concluded that this strategy would likely be far less effective at a longer range. While SgtDangerCow agreed with his points, they stressed that this may cause crouch spam in lower gunfights, but Le Bihan believes crouch spam is a separate issue.

So if you’re struggling to control a weapon’s wild kick at close-range, you could potentially use this trick to ‘reset’ the recoil. But this isn’t a glitch or a bug, it’s just how the game’s physics works.

For more Battlefield 2042, you can check out how many people are playing in 2022.

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