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New Battlefield 6 details reportedly leaked: “reboot” of franchise, 128-player matches, more

Battlefield 6 has long-been rumored with no official information. But a leak reports that it will be a reboot and aim for 128-player matches.

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A new leak has suggested that Battlefield 6 is going to be a soft reboot and abandon the World War theme of the last two games. It will return to the present day and feature large-scale, 128-player battles on current-gen.

We’ve known for some time that Battlefield 6 is in the pipeline at EA as they look to continue the success of their long-running FPS franchise. Some details have finally emerged thanks to leaks from established sources.

It seems that Battlefield has spent enough time retreading old ground with World War 1 & 2. Instead, the series wants to fast-forward to the modern-day and create some visually stimulating conflict.

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It was back in 2020 that noteworthy game leaker Tom Henderson gained some insider knowledge and proclaiming that BF6 will have 128-player skirmishes.

The CEO of production company Viral Junkie had suggested the maps were being specifically designed around this exorbitantly high player count. These claims have been reassured, but now we have additional information too.

EA has been waiting before delivering anything official as they are essentially delivering a BF6 experience for our new current-gen and last-gen. The PS5 and Xbox Series X will be able to show off their awesome power by handling huge amounts of players at once.

It’s unclear whether the PS4 and Xbox One will be able to offer as impressive performance given that we’ve already seen these problems recently with Cyberpunk 2077’s different gen offerings.

Henderson has indicated that the last-gen versions may be stripped down to 64-player matches to ease the pressure on the less-developed consoles.

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Battlefield 6 Battle Royale?

Now the interesting thing to note is that Battlefield 5 debuted its first kind of Battle Royale mode with “Firestorm”. It featured 64 players who sought to whittle this number down until only one person was left standing.

Tom Henderson has indicated that EA is still working on the idea of a Battle Royale mode. Given that Call of Duty made over $3 billion in 2020 with a lot of the revenue coming from the 85+ million players indulging in Warzone’s cosmetics and Battle Pass, it would make sense for EA to follow suit.

With player counts reaching as high as 128, it would surely be easy enough for Battlefield to accommodate such a mode. If it’s not released at launch, then there’s always the probability of EA adding it down the line as Modern Warfare did with Warzone.

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Battlefield Reboot

Finally, after joining the FPS renaissance back in the early 2010s, Battlefield went old-school for their last two major titles. Battlefield 1 and Battlefield 5 explored the age-old period of the World Wars.

But now it seems that EA is ready to step into the future once more.

The game is set to feature a minor reboot by modernizing its inevitably intense action and deliver some current-day mayhem. There is no word yet on what the game’s campaign could have lined up, nor is there any confirmation on Battlefield 6 having one at all.

These exciting details are all unofficial of course and as such should be taken with a pinch of salt for the time being.

As usual, when official details start to offer some more clarity, we will be able to fully update you.

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EA reportedly bans Battlefield 2042 players using RGB software

Battlefield 2042 players claim to have been unfairly banned, and a huge percentage of these players were reportedly using RGB software.

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A ton of Battlefield 2042 players claim to have been unfairly banned, and industry insider and journalist Tom Henderson has discovered that 90% of these players were reportedly running RGB software at the time.

Battlefield 2042 suffered a problematic launch, with dwindling player numbers and a reportedly “very disappointed” EA considering making the game free-to-play in some capacity. However, it appears that the problems don’t end there, as waves of Battlefield players claim to have been unfairly banned.

Industry insider Tom Henderson has been looking into this issue and discovered that 90% of these banned users were “running some form of RGB software.”

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Battlefield 2042 opted to run on Easy Anti-Cheat, the same anti-cheat provider as Apex Legends and Fortnite. While Battlefield 2042 has been relatively cheat-free, perhaps because the game’s performance issues are causing the cheats not to work, players are claiming to have been falsely banned.

After reporting that EA closed a help forum post after there were “163 pages of people trying to figure out why they were false-positive banned in Battlefield 2042,” Tom Henderson shared his findings from talking to over a hundred banned players.

His data revealed that 40% of banned players admitted to playing in Portal XP farms, 48% were running MSI Afterburner, and 90% were running some form of RGB software.

He clarified that the RGB programs “were primarily iCUE and Logitech G Hub,” and Easy Anti-Cheat has a history of falsely flagging RGB as cheat software.

40% of the banned players admitting to using Portal XP farms is interesting, although perhaps not enough to form a correlation. Portal’s servers were full of modes where players could farm low-HP bots for easy kills, and devs Ripple Effect were quick to place a cap on XP.

Henderson explained that although some could argue it was a breach of EA’s Terms of Service, XP farms could “arguably be considered a “feature” of Portal at the time, as DICE and Ripple Effect failed to realize this could be a problem at launch.”

Neither EA nor Easy Anti-Cheat has responded to these false-positive ban claims but we’ll let you know if there are any further updates.


You can also check out DICE’s Scoreboard redesign, which Battlefield 2042 players have been begging for.

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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?

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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?

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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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