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Battlefield 2042

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Ripple Effect Studios
Release Date: Nov. 19, 2021

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'Battlefield 2042' Open Beta Now Available For Pre-Orders, Later This Week For Everbody

by Rainier on Oct. 6, 2021 @ 1:30 a.m. PDT

Battlefield 2042 is a groundbreaking first-person shooter set to revolutionize the modern multiplayer sandbox.

Powered by cutting-edge technology that pushes the capabilities of next generation hardware, the game drops players into a near-future, all-out-war experience that includes the franchise’s hallmark, game-changing destruction.

Featuring matches filled with up to 128 players and massive-scale maps on PS5, Xbox Series X|S and PCs (Xbox One and PS4 are capped at 64 players and reduced map sizes), this unprecedented scale adds a new dimension to multiplayer battles.

Battlefield 2042 also ups the action with the inclusion of real-time events that reshape the battlefield and tactical combat. All new weapons, vehicles and gadgets give players the freedom to be strategic and create jaw-dropping, only-in-Battlefield moments.

In Battlefield 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.

Players will jump into the boots of Specialists, an all-new type of playable soldier for the franchise. Inspired by the traditional four Battlefield classes, Specialists will be equipped with their own unique Specialist Trait and Specialty, and will have fully customizable loadouts. As a Specialist, players will have access to a cutting-edge arsenal of weapons, equipment and vehicles to use in battle. These powerful new tools give creative players a wealth of options as they find the perfect combination to fit their play style and outsmart and outgun opponents on the battlefield.

Starting today, all EA Play members and players who pre-ordered Electronic Arts and DICE’s upcoming Battlefield 2042 can now get in on the action with the game’s Open Beta - now available for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5 and PC.

The Open Beta will also be available for all players starting October 8 through October 9.

In the Battlefield 2042 Open Beta, players can look forward to the iconic Conquest experience from the franchise’s signature brand of All-Out Warfare on the Orbital map, as seen in the game’s original reveal trailer. PC and next-gen console players will be able to experience new, epic 128-player battles (64 players on Xbox One and PlayStation 4) and through Conquest’s large-scale game mode in a fight for control over key objective points within the Orbital map.

The Open Beta allows fans to jump into the boots of one of four unique Specialists, each equipped with their own distinctive styles, specialties and traits. Participants can try out the Russian engineer, Boris who boasts a SG-36 in his arsenal; the South African camouflage and long-ranged attacks expert known as Casper; the skilled German medic, Falck who specializes in Support; and the Canadian outdoorsman and nomad named Mackay, who comes with a Grapple Gun.

Battlefield 2042’s Orbital map is set in Kourou, French Guiana – where players will race against time as they battle through the site of an incoming rocket launch. The Orbital map features individual Sectors, including the Assembly Building, the Launch Platform and the Crawlerway connecting the two. During a Conquest match, players will experience Battlefield’s signature dynamic maps with an automated rocket launch sequence, can traverse between lightning towers through ziplines, engage in vehicular combat in adverse weather –  including an unexpected tornado event that can change the course of the battle – and much more.

Owners of Battlefield 2042 on the standard Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 digital edition will have dual entitlement, giving them access to the game on the previous generation hardware for the respective platform. All progress made on previous generation hardware will carry over when players upgrade their hardware.

Battlefield 2042 Open Beta Duration

  • Duration: October 5-10, 2021 
    • Oct 5: Downloads enabled for all players 
    • Oct 6-9: Early Access window (triggers Oct 6 at 9am CEST) 
    • Oct 8-9: Open Availability (triggers Oct 8 at 9am CEST) 
    • Oct 10, 9am CEST: Sunset

Battlefield 2042 includes 3 distinct multiplayer experiences:

  • All-Out Warfare - the next generation of fan-favorite modes Conquest and Breakthrough, featuring the largest maps ever for the franchise and for the first time, up to 128 players (on XSX, PS5 and PC). Experience the intensity of All-Out Warfare in large-scale battles like never before on maps filled with dynamic weather, dangerous environmental hazards and spectacular world events that see tornadoes rip across the map and sandstorms block out the sun.
  • Hazard Zone - an all-new, high-stakes, squad-based game-type for the Battlefield franchise that is a modern take on the multiplayer experience that is distinctly DICE but very different from All-Out Warfare’s Conquest or Breakthrough modes.
  • Portal Mode - A first for the Battlefield franchise, Battlefield Portal is a community-driven platform designed to offer a huge variety of imaginative experiences by giving players the tools to set their own rules and build their own definitive Battlefield experience - and share them with other people.

All Out Warfare launches with seven maps total. Let’s take a quick tour of those:

  • Kaleidoscope [Sogdo, South Korea] This cityscape features dense roadways and skyscrapers that can be explored, or if you’ve a wingsuit, leapt off. It’s here that a tornado that dwarves the glittering buildings will make its presence known.
  • Manifest [Brani Island, Singapore] Supply lines are under threat in this key location for global trade.
  • Orbital [Kourou, French Guiana] Players will battle in the shadow of a towering space rocket pad that’s counting down to an imminent launch. 
  • Discarded [Alang, India] Clash around, through and on top of massive ship hulks and the surrounding cranes.
  • Renewal [Eastern Desert, Egypt] Wrestle for control of an agriculture technology centre in the Egyptian Desert.
  • Hourglass [Doha, Qatar] An approaching sandstorm will shift the tide of war taking place at the heart of a city.
  • Breakaway [Queen Maud Land, Antarctica] From hot deserts to icy landscapes: oil and gas are the key resources being fought over here. Insert on the mountaintops with a wingsuit and you can dive into industrial buildings below.

Post launch, Battlefield 2042’s first year promises four seasons of content, bringing with them four new Specialists plus new locations. Each season is marked by a new Battle Pass. EA confirms that new locations will be accessible to all players.

Available now for pre-order, players will receive early access to the Open Beta and have three different editions to choose from, including the Battlefield 2042 Gold Edition for $89.99 on PC and $99.99 on console, or the Battlefield 2042 Ultimate Edition for $109.99 on PC or $119.99 on console.

Battlefield 2042 is coming to retail and digital storefronts for Xbox One, PS4 and PC ($59.99) and for Xbox Series X|S and PS5 ($69.99) on November 19, 2021.


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