Battlefield 2042 Open Beta Start Time Countdown: Release Date, Sign Up, Preloading & Everything We Know So Far

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The conversation surrounding Battlefield 2042 has been pretty big thanks to the gaming public getting to try out the Open Beta. Now the Battlefield 2042 Open Beta is here for early access players, you can have a look at our Battlefield 2042 Open Beta impressions to see if it's for you.

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Battlefield 2042 Open Beta Release Time

[UPDATE] - The start time has changed to 10am BST, as per the new launch times below and on the map.

Battlefield 2042's open access to the beta starts at 8am BST on Friday 8th October. We've added a handy countdown below to help you build all that excitement up.

Battlefield 2042 Open Beta Countdown

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With the beta, you'll be able to play the classic Conquest game mode on the new Orbital map. It's got a giant rocket that's about to take off (which you can blow up by shooting it), changeable weather conditions, the potential for a giant tornado, and a huge amount of space in which to play and get yourself some sweet, sweet kills.

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October 8 [3pm] -

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According to a community manager at EA, Battlefield 2042's open beta is months old - click the link to read more.

October 8 [1pm] -

We've started getting some loadout guides sorted out for you! To get you started, check out our best Battlefield 2042 LCMG loadout guide, and keep an eye out for more!

October 8 [12am] -

Today's the day. There's now less than 10 hours to go until the release of Battlefield 2042's open beta! The start times have changed slightly from first planned with open access now set to kick off at 9am UTC / 10am BST. All times can be viewed below on the map.

Battlefield Open Beta Start Time Map

October 7 [4pm] -

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Remember that tornado in the Battlefield 2042 we spoke about. Well, follow the link to have a watch of Twitch streamer xQc getting sucked into a tornado in Battlefield 2042, if you fancy a bit of a laugh!

October 7 [11am] -

One of the features you might need help with is learning How to Ping in Battlefield 2042. Thankfully we've a guide for that if you follow the link.

October 7 [9am] -

War never changes, including TimTheTatman falling to his death in Battlefield 2042 apparently.

October 6 [7pm] -

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The Battlefield 2042 Beta has only been out for a matter of days, and it looks like the anti-cheat system has already been beaten. Unsurprisingly, Battlefield 2042 Beta Cheats Already Exist.

October 6 [12pm] -

Want to witness the tornado in the Battlefield 2042 beta? Well, we've put together a handy guide for how often the Battlefield Orbital tornado spawns.

October 6 [8am] -

The Battlefield 2042 beta is out for early access players! Here's our news update on the early access beta launch.

We got the chance to get our hands on the beta early! Here's our Battlefield 2042 Open Beta impressions.

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Early Access to the Beta

If you pre-order any of the three editions of Battlefield 2042 you will get early access to the open beta. This'll mean you can access the beta right now. Just make sure you've locked down a copy of the game.

How to sign up to the beta

If you aren't sure whether you'd like to pre-order Battlefield 2042, you can always grab the open beta for free when it launches! Scroll up for the countdown to that exciting release.

When the time comes, you'll be able to go on the digital marketplace of your choice, whether you're on PC, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, or Xbox One, and hop right online to try the game out.

Beta Platforms

These days many betas end up being confined to certain platforms, so you'll be happy to know that this isn't the case for Battlefield 2042. All platforms have access at the same time, with early access being offered to those who have pre-ordered.

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When does the Battlefield 2042 Open Beta end?

How about another countdown? The Battlefield 2042 Open Beta ends on October 10 at 8am BST. That means yes: you can stay up all night grinding out sick plays until Sunday morning.

Battlefield 2042 Open Beta end time

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That's everything we know so far about the Battlefield 2042 Open Beta. For more on the game, check out why Battlefield 2042 was delayed and what Game Modes will pop up in the shooter come November 19.