Battlefield 2042 is one of the most highly-anticipated titles of 2021, and fans are wondering if there’s a cross-play feature in the game. Here’s everything you need to know about Battlefield 2042 cross-play.
There is a huge amount of anticipation for Battlefield 2042, as players are eager to try out the latest entry in the popular franchise. After being delayed, the game is now on the slate for a November 19, 2021 launch.
The Open Beta let us experience what the gameplay will be like upon release, but players now want to know if there will be a cross-play feature so that they can play with their friends on different platforms.
Is Battlefield 2042 cross-platform?
However, this feature will work in a very specific way. PC, Xbox Series X/S, and PS5 players will be able to play together and Xbox One and PS4 will get to cross-play with each other.
Players with last-gen and current-gen consoles won’t be able to play Battlefield 2042 with each other. This is because older consoles support up to 64 players in matches, while PC and newer consoles support up to 128 players.
How to disable cross-play in Battlefield 2042
While cross-play can be fun, sometimes you’ll want to play with friends on a specific platform. The good news is that the Battlefield 2042 Open Beta comes with the option of disabling cross-play.
The finished game will have this too. While cross-play between console and PC is enabled automatically, PS5 and Xbox Series users will be able to avoid playing with PC users by disabling it in the game’s settings menu.
This will ensure that you can choose to keep your lobbies full of players using the same platform as you. It’s a nice touch by the developers to let players opt out of playing against different platforms whenever they want.
We’ll keep checking for more updates on Battlefield 2042’s cross-platform possibilities, so check back on this page for more information when it becomes available.
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Dr Disrespect explains why Battlefield 2042 Hazard Zone may “get old real fast”
Battlefield 2042’s squad-based mode Hazard Zone has been revealed, but Dr Disrespect has some concerns about the mode’s longevity.
Although excited at the idea of Battlefield 2042’s Hazard Zone mode, Herschel ‘Guy’ Beahm IV, AKA Dr Disrespect, explained why the mode may “get old real fast.”
The final gameplay experience for Battlefield 2042, Hazard Zone, has been revealed. This mode takes aspects from games such as Hunt Showdown and Escape from Tarkov, where the goal is for squads to extract with data drives.
While there’s plenty of excitement for the mode, some feel it’s a “huge mistake” that it’s not free-to-play.
Seemingly unconcerned about its free-to-play status, streaming star Dr Disrespect has described the gameplay features that may let Hazard Zone down.
There have been many comparisons between Hazard Zone and Escape from Tarkov, but the Doc disagrees. He feels that Tarkov’s pace is what sets it apart and explained that Battlefield 2042’s pacing might not suit the squad-based, tactical mode.
“If we’re playing on these maps with 32 players total, and AIs are running around, are the maps going to feel too small?” asked Dr Disrespect.
“Remember, you can get across these maps pretty fast… From what I remember from the Beta, that was a big map. And I was able to get to the center of the map pretty fast. Just like that,” he explained, snapping his fingers.
“I just don’t know if the player mechanics will hurt the appeal of the game mode because they’re almost too fast.” He later discovered that Hazard Zone will be smaller versions of the base maps, which only cemented his concerns.
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Dr Disrespect also said that if the fiction around the mode, including the “scripting around the AI,” doesn’t evolve and change, then the mode will “get old real fast.” He’s also unsure if 32 player matches will allow players to use their purchased Tactical Upgrades fully.
However, even though he has his concerns, Doc said he is excited for Battlefield and Hazard Zone. He said he’s “thoroughly impressed” with the look of the game and likes that it’s “traditionally built for PC.”
For more Battlefield 2042, you can check out why Doc preferred Battlefield 2042’s Beta to Halo Infinite’s.
Image Credit: DICE / EA / Dr Disrespect
Is Battlefield 2042 free to play?
There were some rumors floating around that some of Battlefield 2042’s modes may be free-to-play, but we now have the official information.
Is Battlefield 2042 free to play? We have all the information you need to know about the cost of DICE’s upcoming installment to the Battlefield franchise, including the rumors surrounding Hazard Zone.
Battlefield 2042 is set to release on November 19, after being delayed from its original October release.
With that being said, we now have loads of information on the game and players being able to get to grips with gameplay during the Open Beta.
One thing that some in the community have been slightly unsure about is whether Battlefield 2042 is free to play, especially as there have been free-to-play rumors surrounding the Hazard Zone mode.
Is Battlefield 2042 free to play?
As of right now, we can confirm that Battlefield 2042 as a whole will not be free to play but instead cost the usual full game price of around $69.99.
There were some rumors floating around that suggested the game’s new Hazard Zone mode, which features similar gameplay to Hunt: Showdown and Escape from Tarkov, would be free-to-play.
However, these rumors have now been shot down, and the developers have confirmed the game will be part of the Battlefield 2042 package rather than being downloadable on its own.
Of course, DICE will be offering players a lot of content when the game launches, such as the Portal mode, a brand new Campaign, and the classic Multiplayer mode.
However, some were disappointed to hear that Hazard Zone wouldn’t be free to play and believed it would have been a perfect free mode to help draw newer players in, such as Warzone and the Call of Duty franchise.
Perhaps if the demand is there, the developers may consider something like making one of the modes free to play, but for now, the game will cost to access all the modes it has to offer.
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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.
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.
- Release date
- Multiplayer & All-Out Warfare
- Hazard Zone
- Guns and weapon attachment Plus System
- Cross-platform and cross-progression
- Does Battlefield 2042 have a battle royale?
- Will the game be on Xbox One and PS4?
- All Battlefield 2042 trailers
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
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:
- 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.
- 4v9 (DDM4V7)
- PBX-45 (LWRC SMG 45)
- K30 (KRISS Vector)
- PKP Pecheneg
- G57 (Glock 19)
- M44 (Taurus M44)
- Chukavin SVCh
- TG-24 (Sako TRG)
- Recoilless M5
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
- M1A5 Tank
- MD540 Nightbird Helicopter
- Quad Bike / ATV
- SU-57 Elon Jet
- T28 Tank
Battlefield 2042 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.
Exodus short film
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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