Battlefield 2042 is looking to be something special, if the gameplay leaks are anything to go by, with new weapons to get and the much-hyped Hazard Zone possibly being Free-to-Play, though we didn’t need leaks to know that the shooter is going to be Cross-Play.
This is a feature that many fans have wanted, especially since most shooters have that feature these days, though the feature won’t be coming to PS4 and Xbox One, which disappointed a lot of fans since the announcement of Battlefield Portal makes the cross-play appeal of Battlefield 2042 even more exciting.
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Cross-Platform In Battlefield 2042
DICE's latest blog post reveals that cross-platform play is planned for Battlefield 2042.
We are still building cross-play functionality, and the first opportunity for us to test it with a wider, invite-only group will be within the Technical Playtest. Right now, we’d like to give you an understanding of what we’re looking to achieve as final functionality beyond the Technical Playtest.
Cross-play is being worked on for Battlefield 2042, and was experimented on in the playtest, but the feature will only be available for the next-gen consoles and PC so anyone thinking about playing this on PS4 and Xbox One might be disappointed. There'll undoubtedly be more tweaking to be done, since the PS5 playtest was delayed, but hopefully everything will be ready up until release.
This is probably because the PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X versions of Battlefield 2042 can support 128 players while the PS4 and Xbox One versions only have 64 players, which is still a lot, admittedly, but could complicate things.
While cross-play for Battlefield 2042 is being worked on, there's a chance that it won't be available during the game's launch since the feature appears to take a lot from the developers, judging from previous comments.
Battlefield V doesn't support the feature, and EA has been one of the publishers a little slower to implement it, even across juggernaut franchises like FIFA and Madden. Its other big shooter franchise, though, Apex Legends, does support crossplay.
Rival franchise Call of Duty has supported crossplay in Modern Warfare's 2019 reboot, free-to-play battle royale Warzone, and latest release Black Ops: Cold War, so the precedent is there.
As for cross-generational play, it's unlikely that PS4 and PS5 players will be able to play together, and the same with Xbox One players and Xbox Series S/X players.
The lack of free next-gen upgrades for PS4 and Xbox One owners is also pretty disappointing but that seems to be a hard pill we're all going to have to swallow in this generation.