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New Battlefield 2042 gameplay trailer gives detailed look at Specialists in action

In the latest action-packed gameplay trailer for Battlefield 2042, we see exactly how each Specialists’ gadgets and Traits work.

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Battlefield fans have been desperate to see more 2042 gameplay, and DICE has now given us a first-person look at the upcoming Specialists and their abilities.

Rather than the traditional class system, Battlefield 2042 has introduced Specialists. These No-Pat soldiers deviate from the four main classes fans are used to, possessing their own unique traits and gadgets while using any weapon of their choosing.

There will be 10 Specialists at launch, and DICE has now revealed the first five. In an action-packed gameplay trailer released on September 3, we got a first-person look at the first four Specialists released in action.

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In this trailer, we see Battlefield 2042 Specialists Mackay, Falck, Boris, and Casper in-game. Not only that, but we get a closer look at the maps, vehicles, and gunplay. It’s also worth bearing in mind that this build of the game is still in development, so the textures and user interface may not resemble the final look.

Here’s a breakdown of everything you saw in the Battlefield 2042 Specialists trailer.

Mackay gameplay

Webster Mackay using grapple gun in battlefield 2042

First up is Mackay, where we saw him use his Grappling Hook to scale a building and catch an enemy unawares for a brutal takedown.

Then, we saw his Nimble trait in action. This greatly improves his movement speed while aiming down the sight and ziplining. Expect him to be a menace to track while fighting at close range.

Falck gameplay

Maria Falck in battlefield 2042

Next, we see Falck who will act as the medic in her squad. In the midst of battle, one of her squadmates cried out for first aid. Although several meters away and suppressed, she used her S21 Syrette Pistol to quickly restore them to full health. Then, she used the Pistol to quickly heal herself.

The defibrillators also made a return as she revived a teammate to full health with her Combat Surgeon Trait.

Boris gameplay

Boris riding tank in Battlefield 2042

Boris brought the heavy guns to the Battlefield 2042 Specialists trailer, deploying the SG-36 Sentry System to tear through the enemies. After flanking a couple of foes, he deployed the Sentry which instantly pinged and locked on to them.

And when Boris goes near his Sentry Gun, his Sentry Operator Trait boosts its effectiveness.

Casper gameplay

Casper sniping in Battlefield 2042

Sniping has always been a major part of Battlefield, and Casper’s gameplay allowed us to see it in action. First, we saw him get an overview of the Battlefield using his OV-P Recon Drone.

Then after hitting a snipe, his Movement Sensor Trait alerted him to an enemy sneaking up. With that knowledge, he turned on the enemy to land a clean revolver headshot.


These are only snippets of what Battlefield 2042 has in store for us, with players getting their hands on the Beta later in September. DICE will also reveal more and more Specialists in the lead-up to its October 22 launch.

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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?

Battlefield 2042 player using wingsuit

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?

Caspian border in Battlefield 2042 portal

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.

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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

Battlefield 2042 Specialists in Hazard Zone mode

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
Battlefield 2042 Steam update settings menu

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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