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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 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

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 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

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’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

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’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 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

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

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

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?

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?

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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Will Battlefield 2042 go free-to-play?

Battlefield 2042 is rumored to go free-to-play after its disappointing launch, so here’s everything we know about EA’s plans.

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Almost all of 2022’s top shooters have a free-to-play element, and there are rumors that Battlefield 2042 will follow the trend after its disappointing launch. Here’s everything we know about Battlefield 2042 possibly going free-to-play.

It’s no secret that Battlefield 2042 suffered from a poor launch. Performance issues, wide-open maps, the Specialist system, and the bloom mechanic turned away players new and old. 

Battlefield 2042’s player count plummeted, being overtaken by both Battlefield 1 and Battlefield V. EA are reportedly “very disappointed” with its launch, so will Battlefield 2042 go free-to-play to bring in more players?

Will Battlefield 2042 go free-to-play?

Known industry insider Tom Henderson said that EA were reportedly “very disappointed” with Battlefield 2042’s release and are considering making the game free-to-play “in some capacity.”

As Henderson stated in a follow-up video, it would be a “PR nightmare” if EA made a $70-100 game free-to-play. Instead, it sounds like there are early plans to make an element of Battlefield 2042 free. 

What Battlefield 2042 modes will become free?

Tom Henderson believes that EA are looking at making Battlefield Portal the game’s free-to-play mode. 

Henderson spoke to two analysts who agree that Portal is the most likely free-to-play option for Battlefield 2042 because it’s EA’s only option. Portal takes content from previous games, letting players create their own modes and experiences. It’s often regarded as the best part of the game, so it would be the best hook to attract free-to-play players.

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

However, this wasn’t the case, and it doesn’t appear that it will ever happen. Sources known to Henderson have said that there are only a few hundred people playing Hazard Zone across all platforms, so it’s unlikely that Hazard Zone will be used as a free-to-play element to bring in new players. 

When would Battlefield 2042 go free-to-play?

There’s no way of knowing when Battlefield 2042 will receive its free-to-play element, but it’ll most likely be at the start of one of its seasons. 

While no release date has been confirmed, Season 1 is expected to begin in March. Battlefield V’s content seasons lasted a few months each, so we wouldn’t expect Season 2 until late Spring.  


For more Battlefield, you can check out the design for the Scoreboard which finally arrives in February.

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Battlefield 2042 dev apologizes & removes “slap in the face” Portal mode

Battlefield 2042 added a ‘bot farm’ mode to Portal’s featured experiences, and a dev apologized before removing it.

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Battlefield 2042 devs added a new zombies mode to Portal, but it quickly became clear that it could be used as an XP farm. Players called it a “slap in the face” and a Battlefield Portal dev has since apologized and the mode has been removed.

Battlefield Portal gives players an incredible amount of tools to create their own modes using assets from previous Battlefield games and 2042. After assuring players that it couldn’t be used to farm XP, the devs almost completely removed Portal XP after the browser was full of XP farms.

The devs made changes to Portal XP in January 20’s Update 3.2, increasing the XP cap for unofficial servers. Then, they released the Zombie Survival mode that acted exactly like an XP farm and quickly removed it following backlash.

Battlefield 2042 players have been desperate for Portal XP to be reenabled after it was removed from custom modes to prevent XP farms. Developers Ripple Effect increased the Portal XP cap in the January 20 update, but it’s still not as much as players would like.

Then, later on January 20, the devs added the Zombie Survival mode which players called an “official bot farm.” In this mode, players would battle waves of AI enemies who would be extremely easy to kill, earning a ton of XP and Mastery rewards in the process.

Twitter user 235Nuke said the Zombie Survival mode is “a slap in the face to gaming communities and others whom [sic] want to run experiences in portal. This zombie mode is an official bot farm which is why XP was restricted in portal.”

This tweet prompted a response from Ripple Effect’s Senior Design Director Justin Wiebe, who apologized.

“I’m not going to lie, this one shouldn’t have gotten through our review process,” said Wiebe. “I think our desire to create a fun zombies mode clouded our ability to see such a simple thing like the impact it would have on progression. I’m very sorry for the hardship this has caused.”

More and more players had the same complaint as 235Nuke and the developers removed the mode on January 21, replacing it with Gun Master 2042.

DICE is committed to getting Battlefield 2042 back on track, revealing that the next major patch will be Update 3.3 in February.

Then, Season 1 is expected to launch in March bringing new content such as the Exposure map.

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How to fix Battlefield 2042 Error Code 3:9001

Battlefield 2042 players have been unable to launch the game after the Error Code 3:9001 popped up, but we have a simple fix.

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Battlefield 2042 devs have released the first update of 2022, but Update 3.2 has caused the frustrating Error Code 3:9001 which prevents Steam players from launching the game. But, we’ve got a simple fix for the issue.

Battlefield 2042 has been suffering from numerous bugs, glitches, and crashes, and DICE attempted to solve some of the worst offenders with January 20’s Update 3.2.

Unfortunately, this has caused the ‘Error Code 3:9001’ to pop up, preventing Steam users from launching the game.

Luckily, there’s a simple fix for the issue, so you can get back to playing Battlefield 2042 in no time.

How to fix Error Code 3:9001 in Battlefield 2042

While Battlefield 2042’s Error Code 3:9001 is frustrating, there’s an easy way to get around it by changing some settings within Steam.

Here’s how to get rid of Battlefield 2042’s 3:9001 Error Code:

  1. Open your Steam Library
  2. Right-click on Battlefield 2042
  3. Select Properties
  4. Select Updates
  5. Hit the drop down arrow underneath ‘Automatic Updates
  6. Select ‘Only update this game when I launch it
  7. Launch Battlefield 2042 through Steam

What appears to have gone wrong here was Steam didn’t automatically download the update for players, so the error code has popped up when players tried to launch an out-of-date version of Battlefield 2042.

However, setting the game to only ‘only update when I launch it’ will force the game to recognize and begin installing the update. Then, hopefully, you’ll be able to resume playing Battlefield 2042 as soon as the update’s over.

Battlefield 2042’s next update is scheduled for February, which finally brings a proper Scoreboard to the game. Then, Season 1 is expected to begin in March, bringing a new map.

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