Battlefield 2042 is quickly becoming one of this year’s hottest games and it’s not even out yet, with cross-play being worked on for next-gen consoles and a mode like Battlefield Portal that ensures infinite replayability, the sky’s the limit for EA’s military shooter.
There are also rumors of Battlefield 2042 getting a free-to-play game, likely inspired by the success of Warzone, and a battle royale, which many hoped would save Battlefield V, though that wasn’t the case.
Whether it does launch with those features or not, it’s clear that Battlefield 2042 is going to be one of the biggest entries in this franchise, if not the biggest.
Obviously, there’s a lot to discuss when it comes to Battlefield 2042, so here’s everything we’ve gathered about the game thus far.
Latest News and Rumors
Battlefield 2042's Open Beta is out now
Battlefield 2042's beta is available to play for all platforms for people with early access right now. That means EA Play members, and pre-orderers. Head over to our Battlefield 2042 beta overview page to see when it's coming to open access, or check out our Battlefield 2042 impressions piece for more information on what we think of the game.
Battlefield 2042 Gets New Early Access Date - September 20
After the initial delay, many fans were wondering when the Battlefield 2042 Early Access date would be since a new one wasn't announced right away.
Thankfully, Community Manager Adam Freeman confirmed that the Battlefield 2042 Early Access date will now be on November 12, one week before the game officially comes out.
Battlefield 2042 Delayed - September 15
EA Dice announced Battlefield 2042 is delayed until November 19. The studio said pandemic-related challenges and workflow interruptions meant they need a bit of extra time to finish polishing the game and will take that extra month to do so. There's no word yet on what this might mean for demos or betas, but another update will happen later this month, DICE said.
Battlefield 2042 Open Beta Also Delayed
EA and Ripple Effect stated that there would be news on the Battlefield 2042 Open Beta later this month, with Tom Henderson's sources claiming that it will also be delayed from September to October.
In the tweet below, Henderson claims that Early Access users will gain access to the Battlefield 2042 Open Beta on October 6 while everyone else will be able to try it out on October 8, though EA and Ripple Effect have yet to confirm this.
Battlefield 2042 Leaked Loadouts for Planes and Helicopters
Temporyal has datamined some of the Battlefield 2042 aircraft loadouts for the game's Planes and Helicopters, which players can check out in the tweet below.
Battlefield 2042 Vehicles Leaked
Dataminers who took part in the Technical Playtest were able to find out how many Battlefield 2042 Vehicles there will be in the game.
- AH-640GX Apache Warchief Attack Helicopter
- Fighter Aircraft
- Futuristic Three-Wheeled Auto Rickshaw
- LATV4 Hovercraft
- M1A5 Tank
- MD540 Nightbird Helicopter
- Quad Bike
- EBAA Wildcat Heavy Ground vehicle
- F-35E Panther
- SU-57 Felon
- KA-520 Super Hokum
- M5C Bolte (Ripsaw)
Battlefield 2042 Specialist Gadgets Leaked
Here's the full list:
- Stim pistol
- Recon drone
- Deployable cover
- AR scanner
- Smart explosive
- Supply drop
- Signal hacker
- Construction kit
- Supply throwable
- Grapple gun
- Supply bag
- Personal shield
- Auto turret
Battlefield 2042 is a Live-Service Game
EA recently told their shareholders that Battlefield 2042 should be seen as a service, which led to a lot of speculation about this being a live service game.
Considering how Battlefield Portal is already expected to be a mode that gets constantly updated, this rumor has some strong legs to it.
Battlefield 2042 Post-Launch Content
Insider Tom Henderson claimed that Battlefield 2042 would have a ton of post-launch content, claiming that each season would come with new maps, weapons, and specialists, among other things.
While EA and Ripple Effect have confirmed post-launch content, the details on the DLC have yet to be revealed.
Here's what's been listed by Henderson thus far:
- 1 Specialist
- 2 New Maps
- 2 Portal Maps
- Hazard Zone Update (Story-driven)
- 6-8 New Weapons (for each mode)
- 2-3 New Vehicles (for each mode)
- 100 Season Tiers
During a datamine of the current Technical Playtest, it was reported that the Hazard Zone mode of Battlefield will be similar to games like Escape From Tarkov, where players are dropped in large areas with the goal to reach an extraction point while also collecting loot and killing enemies.
Reports are claiming that Hazard Zone's enemies are going to be a mix of real-life people and AI bots, the latter of which might culminate in a big boss or two, which sounds fun.
EA and Ripple Effect have yet to confirm the reports about Hazard Zone but stay tuned for further updates.
Battlefield 2042 Open Beta Dates Revealed
Due to some leaks, EA finally confirmed that the Battlefield 2042 Open Beta will be taking place from October 6 to October 9.
Furthermore, Early Access to the Battlefield 2042 Open Beta will be given to EA Play members and those that pre-order the game.
Battlefield 2042 Soundtrack Released - Sept 13
After some initial leaks, EA has officially released the Battlefield 2042 Soundtrack composed by Hildur Guðnadóttir and Sam Slater.
Though the official release is still slated for September 22, the full OST is available for listening on Spotify, Apple Music, and other platforms.
Battlefield Blog Answers Fan Questions - July 14
DICE's latest blog post reveals that the game's technical playtest is being moved to allow for cross-play and cross-progression to be built in, as well as a closer look at the game's specialists, maps, vehicles and AI troops.
Find out more here.
What We Want From Battlefield 2042 - July 1
DICE, we know the game is supposed to be uber-serious - but give us some of that trademark Battlefield silliness.
Battlefield 2042 Will Support DLSS and Reflex - June 30
Battlefield 2042 will support NVIDIA's DLSS upscaling and low-latency Reflex techniques, DICE has confirmed.
For more on the latter, check out our explainer here.
Battlefield Hub To Be Revealed? - June 23
It sounds as though Battlefield 2042 will offer a huge sandbox of classic franchise maps, vehicles and weapons as part of a new 'hub' – according to a longtime leaker.
Find out more here.
Battlefield 2042 Gameplay Trailer Revealed
Take a look at some rather epic-looking gameplay straight from the game, as shared during E3 2021 at the Xbox Press Conference.
Battlefield 2042 Officially Revealed
Find out more here.
What Is Battlefield 2042?
Battlefield 2042 might just be the franchise's most ambitious entry yet. Set in a world where dozens of nations have failed, leaving their citizens non-patriated, these 'no-pats' fight for one of two sides – the US or Russia.
With no single-player campaign, DICE has built Battlefield 2042 into a multiplayer title with three pillars – 'All-Out Warfare', 'Hazard Zone', and a third which is yet to be announced.
The highly ambitious Battlefield Portal will allow players to customize their own games, with maps, weapons, and vehicles that can be chosen from Battlefield 1942, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, and Battlefield 3.
Encompassing Battlefield stalwarts Conquest and Breakthrough, All-Out Warfare features 128-player battles on next-gen consoles and PC (64-players on last-gen).
Maps are huge, based around controlling territory, and dynamic events like a rocket launch or a tornado can drastically change how each match plays.
While still under wraps, Hazard Zone is a squad-based game-type that's very different from All-Out Warfare. DICE is keen to stress though that it's not a Battle Royale.
Release Date and Beta
Battlefield 2042 will launch on November 19, 2021.
If you want to get your hands on it early, a Battlefield 2042 open beta will be taking place from October 6 to October 9, with early access from October 6 to October 7 for EA Play members and those that pre-order the game early.
Like most multiplayer-only shooters, Battlefield 2042 will launch with a Battle Pass, giving players extra goodies if they complete certain conditions, like new Specialists and Maps.
EA and Ripple Effect have confirmed that everyone will gain access to a Free Battle Pass, unlocking essentials like the aforementioned Specialists and Maps.
There is also a Premium Battle Pass that will cost extra money, unlocking various cosmetics for your chosen Specialist in addition to everything you get in the Free Battle Pass.
Check out the stunning reveal trailer below, showcasing some of the game's dynamic weather systems in action:
The game launch on Xbox Series X and PS5, as well as the PC.
EA claim that the game will take "full advantage of the power of next-generation platforms to bring massive, immersive battles to life".
The game will also launch on Xbox One and PS4 consoles, but with smaller maps and a decreased player count – up to 64-players.
Battlefield 2042 Maps
Battlefield 2042's All-Out Warfare modes will launch with seven maps. As per EA:
- Kaleidoscope - set in Sogdo, South Korea. Forces here will clash to control a quantum powered disinformation hub after an attack threatens the global network.
- Manifest - set in Brani Island, Singapore. Players will see a strategic flashpoint emerge as global trade chokes this location which is vital for the American supply lines.
- Orbital - set in Kourou, French Guiana. The battle here is over a rocket launch site as a controversial space launch becomes a race against time.
- Discarded - set in Alang, India. Here you see shipbreakers facing tidal extremes as factions fight to secure rogue nuclear assets.
- Renewal - set in the Eastern Desert, Egypt. Players will fight for a groundbreaking agriculture technology centre in the Egyptian Desert.
- Hourglass - set in Doha, Qatar - Shifting sands and a lost shipping convoy tear a city center apart.
- Breakaway - set in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. Struggle over oil and gas that pushes soldiers to the brink as an industry clashes with nature and ice gives way.
Battlefield is taking a different approach to classes with 2042, ensuring more flexibility.
Specialists are playable characters with one passive trait and one active speciality, such as a sniper with a movement sensor and a recon drone.
Unlike classes in prior games, Specialists aren't restricted to a certain weapon type, so loadouts can be customised to suit your playstyle, and attachments can be switched on the fly.
Currently, there are five confirmed Specialists for Battlefield 2042, with more likely to come through updates. Here are the four Specialists that have been confirmed and the skills they possess:
- Casper - The Recon Specialist
- Webster Mackay - The Assault Specialist
- Maria Falck - The Support Specialist
- Boris - The Engineer Specialist
- Kimble "Irish" Graves - The Engineer Specialist
Despite rumors of a Bad Company 3 or a trip to Vietnam, Battlefield 2042 takes place in the near future.
Here's the synopsis of the game's setting, courtesy of EA:
The year is 2042. The world is on the brink. Shortages of food, energy and clean water have led to dozens of failed nations, creating the greatest refugee crisis in human history. Among these Non-Patriated, or No-Pats, are families, farmers, engineers - and even soldiers. Amidst this crisis, the United States and Russia draw the world into an all-out war. No-Pat Specialists join both sides, not fighting for a flag, but for the future of the Non-Patriated in this new world.
Does Battlefield 2042 Have A Campaign?
No, Battlefield 2042 won't offer a single-player campaign. Instead, its world will evolve through seasonal content.
Will Battlefield 2042 Have A Battle Royale?
There are rumors of Battlefield 2042 eventually adding a battle royale but that has yet to be confirmed by EA and Ripple Effect.
Will It Support Cross-Play?
At the time of writing, EA has not said one way or the other. Prior entries haven't supported cross-platform play between platforms.
Recently, it was stated that the developers are giving cross-play a shot for Battlefield 2042, but only for next-gen consoles and PC. That's why a playtest is taking place to see if things run well, though fans should not expect to see cross-play during launch.
PS5/Xbox Series S/X
- Standard - £69.99
- Gold - £89.99
- Ultimate - £109.99
- Standard - £59.99
- Gold - £89.99
- Ultimate – £109.99
- Standard - £49.99
- Gold - £79.99
- Ultimate - £99.99
While it may be some time away from release, there are a few enticing pre-order bonuses you can get if you choose to guarantee your copy right now, including access to the Open Beta, weapon charms, and much more.
The official Battlefield Twitter account confirmed that Kimble "Irish" Graves has a Legendary Skin as a pre-order bonus for anyone who gets Battlefield 2042 early.
That's everything we know about Battlefield 2042 right now, though expect more updates on this page when news comes out for the game.