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New Battlefield 6 leaks: Reveal trailer, gameplay, SBMM, more

Leaker Tom Henderson has revealed a ton of new information about Battlefield 2021, including more details on the trailer and its SBMM.

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Prominent leaker and industry insider Tom Henderson has leaked a ton of new information surrounding Battlefield 2021, including the dynamic map system and its SBMM.

Battlefield 2021’s reveal is expected soon, and more and more information is being leaked about the latest title. We’ve heard that the ‘crash landing’ feature cut from Battlefield V may return, the game might launch on Xbox Game Pass, and might not feature a campaign.

The majority of these leaks have come from industry insider Tom Henderson, aka LongSensation. In a live stream on April 29, Henderson encouraged viewers to ask him questions relating to Battlefield 6 and answered their burning questions to the best of his knowledge.

Here is some of the most exciting and interesting leaked information from Tom Henderson’s live stream. As a note, no official channels have confirmed this information, so it’s possible it could change ahead of the game’s launch.

Battlefield 6’s reveal trailer

Battlefield V trailer

Although Tom Henderson has gone into great detail around Battlefield’s reveal, he said that the trailer he has seen might not be the reveal trailer that’s expected soon.

He described how the trailer’s graphics “look like a movie,” and that Battlefield 6 might be the best-looking game ever.

He believes the trailer does a good job of revealing the game, where we’ll see “the setting, the soldiers, the good graphics, the feature of the game, vehicles, guns, etc.” But, he warns that it might leave more questions than answers, such as how the storm featured in the trailer will work in-game.

Also, rather than something like Battlefield 1’s Seven Nation Army remix, the trailer Henderson reports he has seen will have its own music, moving into Battlefield 2021’s own theme at the end of the trailer.

Battlefield 6’s Levolution

Battlefield 4 levolution

Levolution was introduced in Battlefield 4, where large-scale events would occur midway through the game, changing the map. Henderson believes that Levolution will return in Battlefield 2021, but it won’t be a “gimmick,” and will be “more like a part of the core game.”

The dynamic weather system which has been leaked is believed to be a part of this Levolution. Natural disasters such as storms will occur mid-game which will alter the maps. Henderson also mentioned that maps will have a day and night cycle as well as dynamic weather.

Battlefield 6’s gameplay

As for gameplay, Henderson gave a few details on how we can expect the game to play. Call of Duty, especially Modern Warfare, has been praised for its fluid movement system. Henderson said that he’s always felt Battlefield’s movement has been clunky compared to CoD, but Battlefield 6’s movement will be more fluid.

Battlefield 4 campaign

Character models will look more futuristic than Battlefield 4, for example, with “face masks” and “Juggernaut suits” being common.

Battlefield V returned to four-man squads, much to the community’s disappointment. As far as Henderson is aware, four-man squads are expected to return in Battlefield 6. Also, the game’s time to kill is likely to be similar to Battlefield V’s.

Henderson is extremely confident that Battlefield 6 will be a successful game, and will even bring over many CoD players. He thinks that because CoD 2021 might be across both generations of consoles and Battlefield won’t, a free battle royale mode will be there to keep Battlefield’s player count up.

Battlefield’s battle royale

Although nothing has been confirmed about Battlefield releasing a battle royale game, Henderson said that everything he’s heard points towards the game featuring one.

Battlefield 5 Firestorm battle royale

Henderson also said that he doesn’t know the release date for Battlefield’s battle royale, but expects it to release around midway through next year as it’s unlikely that the Battlefield battle royale will arrive at launch. As for details such as lobby size, “it’s impossible to know at the moment.”

Henderson recently drew some images from the trailer he claims to have seen, and said in the live stream that he plans on doing some more drawings in the future.

Rather than drawing the trailer again, he said that he wants to do “something a little bit different, probably on battle royale.” So perhaps we’ll get a taste of Battlefield’s battle royale soon.

Battlefield 2021’s SBMM

Skill-based matchmaking has been a contentious issue in recent Call of Duty games. The better you play, the harder your lobbies will be, and much of the CoD community are frustrated with this level of SBMM.

Henderson said that we can expect a team-based skill-based matchmaking, similar to Battlefield 1 and Battlefield V. Henderson explained that, “You get into the server first, and then the game will decide which team you’ll end up in based on the teams and enemy’s K/D.”

If one team has an average kill to death ratio of 0.9 and the other 0.8, a 2.0 K/D player will be assigned to the lower K/D team for balance.

If this is true, expect players of all skill in your matches of Battlefield 2021, making it a much more casual experience.


Like all leaks, we should take this information with a grain of salt; Tom Henderson’s information could be out of date or simply incorrect. Until details are confirmed by official channels, Battlefield 2021 is still very much a mystery.

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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.

Battlefield 2042 player using wingsuit

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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