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How to play Battlefield 2042 early: EA Play Trial & Early Access

Battlefield 2042 launches on November 19, but you can play it right now, a week early, thanks to EA Play and Early Access.

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Battlefield 2042 is here, and players can get their hands on the game first through either an EA Play Trial and Early Access, so here’s how to play the blockbuster shooter a week early.

After months since its June reveal, and a delay, Battlefield 2042 is here. Following a three-year gap, DICE has brought classic Battlefield action to its All Out Warfare, Portal, and Hazard Zone modes.

Although officially releasing on November 19, players can play the game right now, a week early, thanks to EA Play and Early Access.

Here’s how to play Battlefield 2042 a week early through EA Play and its special editions.

How to play Battlefield 2042 before November 19

Battlefield 2042 editions

To play Battlefield 2042 right now, players need to either be an Xbox Game Pass or EA Play member, or pre-order the Gold ($90/£80) or Ultimate Edition ($110/£100).

While Battlefield 2042 officially launches on November 19, players can now take advantage of a full week’s worth of Early Access. And EA Play members, which includes Xbox Game Pass, can get a 10-hour trial during the Early Access period.

If you had Battlefield’s Gold or Ultimate Editions pre-ordered, you’ll be able to dive into the game right now and experience all that Portal, Hazard Zone, and All-Out Warfare have to offer. Plus, if you buy these special editions at any point this week, you’ll get to play immediately.

When does the Battlefield 2042 EA Play Trial go live?

Battlefield 2042 player with tank

Battlefield 2042’s EA Play Trial went live today, November 12, along with the Early Access.

From here, players can install and play 10 hours of Battlefield 2042 before deciding if they wish to purchase the game. But be careful, sitting idle in the menus will run down the clock, so make sure you’re getting the most out of your trial.

How to sign up to EA Play

Player gliding beside jet in battlefield 2042

You can either sign up to EA Play directly or get it through the Xbox Game Pass Subscription. And if you haven’t signed up for Game Pass before, your first month will only cost a dollar. But bear in mind, Battlefield 2042 won’t be part of the Game Pass subscription.

Here are both ways to sign up to EA Play and get your hands on Battlefield 2042 early.

EA Play

  1. Head to the EA Play website
  2. Select the red ‘Join Now’ in the top right corner
  3. Choose your platform (the membership will only apply to one platform)
  4. Select to pay monthly or annually ($4.99 a month or $29.99 for a full year)
  5. Follow the on-screen directions to complete the purchase

Xbox Game Pass

  1. Head to the Xbox Game Pass website
  2. Select ‘Join Now’ in the top right corner
  3. Select your desired plan (Ultimate, Console, or PC)
  4. Press the ‘Join’ button
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to register to Xbox Game Pass

And those are all of the ways that you can play Battlefield 2042 right now, a whole week before it officially launches!

For more Battlefield 2042, check out the major changes made between the Beta and launch.

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Dr Disrespect enjoying Battlefield 2042 thanks to new update

Battlefield 2042’s first season has had great reception since it was released, with Dr Disrespect loving the brand-new map and update.

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Popular streamer Guy Beahm, aka ‘Dr Disrespect’, has been enjoying the new Battlefield 2042 update and map, claiming it’s the best thing to happen to the franchise in years.

Battlefield 2042’s Season 1 update dropped on June 9, and despite a rough launch for the game, the new update is starting to turn heads and gain popularity.

The Battlefield 2042 Season 1 patch didn’t just fix a bunch of the issues players were having with the game, it also introduced some great new content such as the new map, Exposure, which players are loving.

Dr Disrespect seems to share the same opinion, recently enjoying the game on stream.

vehicles fighting in battlefield 2042 exposure map

Battlefield 2042 got off to a rough start when it launched back in November 2021. Players were disappointed with the lack of content, as well as being disappointed with the number of bugs and issues the game had.

One major issue the community had was with the map design, but thankfully, the new update has brought a map that everyone seems to be enjoying, even Dr Disrespect, who is often openly critical of the franchise.

While streaming Battlefield 2042 on June 17, 2022, Dr Disrespect stated that the new map Exposure is “the best thing to happen to Battlefield in years”.

The Doc applauds the devs for the new update and map, saying “finally, a good decision,” as it seems he too was disappointed with some of the choices that were made by the dev team.

Battlefield 2042 has undergone a lot of change since its release, and many weren’t happy with decisions like the removal of the Scoreboard, which has now been brought back. With that being said, it seems the devs are dedicated to improving the experience in Battlefield 2042.

It’s great to see many enjoying the new map and giving Battlefield 2042 another chance, especially as the devs have been hard at work to make the game better for players.


Despite the love for Battlefield 2042’s first season, CoD fans believe Modern Warfare 2 could kill off the franchise for good.

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CoD players explain how Modern Warfare 2 can kill off Battlefield for good

With Ground War returning in Modern Warfare 2, players are hoping Infinity Ward go all out to beat Battlefield at its own game.

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Ground War, CoD’s large-scale mode, will return in Modern Warfare 2. Originally criticized for failing to capture what made Battlefield so great, players explained how MW2’s Ground War will succeed where Battlefield 2042 failed.

Ground War arrived in Modern Warfare 2019, using Verdansk’s POIs as huge playspaces for a large-scale Conquest-like game mode. While players enjoyed Ground War, many felt that it failed to capture the squad play, vehicle balance, and map flow that made Battlefield so popular.

However, the way gamers think about the Battlefield franchise has completely changed since then, with Battlefield 2042 failing at almost every hurdle. Luckily, Ground War returns in Modern Warfare 2 and those let down by 2042 hope that Infinity Ward go all out and try to use Ground War to “put the nail in the coffin” for Battlefield.

Ground War in Modern Warfare 2019

Reddit user Spartacus_115 kicked off the discussion by saying that Infinity Ward need to make changes to Ground War when it returns in Modern Warfare 2. They explained that the biggest issue it had was the objective placements and shape of the maps, which they felt were too linear.

For Modern Warfare 2, they want to see the objective positions wider, spread out, and circular, allowing for flanking routes and strategy. Many users brought up MW2019’s Promenade as an example of what they don’t want to see, where the action takes place in a long street without any opportunity for flanking.

CoD players also hope to see tighter squad play, multiple game modes, fewer sniping positions, and a better vehicle to infantry balance  – all aspects of the best Battlefield games.

Sundance in Battlefield 2042 season 1

Many Battlefield players moved over to CoD between Battlefield V and 2042, and the latest entry did nothing to bring them back. These ex-Battlefield players are especially hoping that Modern Warfare 2’s Ground War will be a success.

“As a Battlefield refugee I truly hope they go all in and try to put the nail in the coffin for Battlefield,” said jamslfc. “I hate to say it but same,” replied SPYDER0416, explaining that they’ve been “dying for a good Battlefield-esque experience.”

Another user said that “even if it doesn’t necessarily kill Battlefield off it could finally be a big fat wake-up call,” but they had their doubts.


For more on Modern Warfare 2, be sure to check out whether it’ll launch on Game Pass and everything we know about the campaign.

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Battlefield 2042 players actually love Season 1’s new Exposure map

DICE looked to get Battlefield 2042 back on track with the Season 1 update, and player actually love the new Exposure map.

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Although Battlefield 2042 didn’t live up to the community’s expectations, players are absolutely loving Season 1’s new Exposure map.

Over six months after launch, Battlefield 2042 Season 1 finally arrived on June 9. Bringing a Battle Pass, another Specialist, and a new map, some were disappointed with the lack of content.

Even though they don’t feel the game’s main issues have been fixed, players are loving the new Exposure map, calling it not just the best map in Battlefield 2042, but one of DICE’s best in years.

Exposure map in Battlefield 2042

Exposure takes place in the Canadian Rockies, with the action taking place across three levels of elevation. The Battlefield 2042 subreddit has been extremely critical of the game but is actually full of love for Exposure, with a ton of players singing its praises.

Although huge 128-player battles were a major part of Battlefield 2042’s marketing, many players felt it was far too chaotic, especially when 64 players were trying to run across an open field.

Reddit user Sardunos said that “Exposure is absolutely the correct sized map for 128 players,” explaining that “it has the pacing of the 64 player maps” but with a ton of variation.

“The new map is honestly one of the best maps DICE has put out in years,” claimed Tech_Rise, with Odisseo76 calling it one of the best maps they’ve ever played in a shooter, not just in Battlefield.

MrLuBert continued the sentiment, explaining: “It’s not just better than the other maps, it’s a very, very good map. Worthy of being in any BF title.”

These are only a few of the hundreds of comments where players showed their love for DICE’s latest creation. However, with so many players returning for Season 1, they feel Exposure “really exposes how sh*tty the maps on release were.”


Battlefield 2042 Season 2 isn’t expected until September, but Warzone Season 4 and perhaps Modern Warfare 2’s beta will release in the meantime.

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