Battlefield 2042 is the latest game in the first-person shooter franchise from Electronic Arts (EA). The new multiplayer game is the first title in the franchise that supports cross-play. However, players on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One can only play with each other, not with other platforms. This is the first time a Battlefield title hasn’t had a single player mode. Players have the option to play offline, but there is no campaign or story mode.
Battlefield’s latest title lets 128 players destroy their surroundings and wreak havoc in 30-minute all-out war. Players were able to experience the game early through the open beta that was released early on October 6. EA Play subscribers got a chance to try the game for a limited time, and players who purchased the Gold and Ultimate editions gained early access to the game on November 12.
Battlefield 2042, developed by EA DICE, is available to all players on Origin, Steam, Epic Games, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series S/ Series X and Xbox One.
With that, here’s everything you need to know about Battlefield 2042, from when it’s available to everyone, how much it costs, what your PC needs, and what the reviews are saying.
Battlefield 2042 release date
Battlefield 2042 is set to release on Friday, November 19. It wasn’t supposed to. It was originally slated for October 22 – however, it was almost a month late in its launch due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“Building the next generation of Battlefield during a global pandemic has created unforeseen challenges for our development teams,” said EA DICE CEO Oskar Gabrielson.
While Battlefield 2042 arrives for everyone on Friday, it’s been available to EA Play subscribers since last Friday, November 12. However, their exposure to the game is limited to only 10 hours. EA’s subscription service is available on PC, PlayStation and Xbox consoles. It is priced at Rs. 315 per month, while the annual subscription costs Rs. 1,990.
If you want to experience the game completely, you’ll need a PC-exclusive EA Play Pro subscription. EA Play Pro is priced at Rs. 999 per month, with the annual subscription costing Rs. 6,499.
System Requirements For Battlefield 2042
EA Dice has listed the minimum and recommended specs for PC players.
Minimum PC Requirements For Battlefield 2042
- Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 / Intel Core i5 6600K
- GPU: AMD Radeon RX560 / Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti
- RAM: 8 GB
- VRAM: 4 GB
Recommended PC Requirements for Battlefield 2042
- Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X / Intel Core i7 4790
- Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT / Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060
- RAM: 16 GB
- VRAM: 8 GB
Additionally, gamers would need a minimum of 100 GB of free space on their hard drives with their PCs running on Windows 10 64-bit with DirectX 12. There is no information if Battlefield 2042 is supported on Windows 11, but you expect it to be.
Battlefield 2042 Editions
Battlefield 2042 has three editions: Standard, Gold, and Ultimate. The following perks are available to players who pre-order the game.
Standard Edition players would get Irish – legendary battle-hardened skin, Baku ACB-90 Epic melee takedown knife, “Mr. Chompy” Epic Weapon Charm, and “Landfall” Player Map Background and “Old Guard” Tag.
Gold Edition players would get the Year 1 Pass with four new Specialists, four Battle Passes, and three Epic Skin Packs on top of the Standard Edition.
Likewise, Ultimate Edition players would get the Midnight Ultimate Pack, an official digital artbook, and an exclusive digital soundtrack along with all the benefits of the Gold Edition.
Battlefield 2042 Awards
If you can’t/don’t want to go the EA Play Pro route, the standard edition of Battlefield 2042 is priced at Rs. 2,999 on Origin, Steam, and Epic Games (for PC). The Gold edition is priced at Rs. 4,799, while the Ultimate edition is priced at Rs. 5,999.
On PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the standard edition is priced at Rs. 3,999, while the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S/X version is priced at Rs. 4,499. The Gold and Ultimate editions are priced at Rs. Rs. 6,499 and rupees. 8,499, respectively.
Battlefield size 2042
On Xbox One S, the game has a download size of 27.9 GB. Battlefield 2042 is around 33 GB in size on Xbox One X. And on the next-gen Series X, you’re looking at a download of 51 GB approx. According to our tests, on PC it has a download size of 49 GB, but could be expanded to 100 GB later, as the developers mentioned on their website.
Preloading for Battlefield 2042 has been available for a while now.
Battlefield 2042 Game
Players can experience three modes in Battlefield 2042: All-Out Warfare, Battlefield Portal, and Battlefield Hazard Zone. The All-Out Warfare mode contains two sub-modes – Conquest and Breakthrough – and features dynamic weather. Battlefield Portal allows players to experience Battlefield 1942, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, and Battlefield 3. Players also have the option to use their Battlefield 2042 arsenal in the above three games. Hazard Zone mode pairs four players who must locate crucial data drives while battling the opposition.
Additionally, EA has incorporated seven maps which include hourglass based in Doha, Qatar, Discarded based in Alang, India, Manifest based in Brani Island, Singapore, Kaleidoscope based in Songdo, South Korea, Orbital based in Kourou, French Guiana, Break away based in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica, and Renewal based in the Eastern Desert, Egypt.
Players in Battlefield 2042 have the option of respawning in fighter jets, attack helicopters, or simply calling in an available vehicle near their location.
Given that the new Battlefield title is set in the near future – 2042 – it gets an array of futuristic weapons and gadgets. A “Plus” system allows players to customize their weapons on the spot.
Players can still choose from the four traditional Battlefield characters in the Assault, Engineer, Medic, and Recon classes. Each character can be equipped with any weapons and gadgets a player has unlocked, while each character has their own unique skills and gadgets.
Dynamic weather – tornadoes and sandstorms – will affect gameplay, and Battlefield 4’s “Levolution” and destructive environment can be experienced in the upcoming game.
Battlefield 2042 review
Early reviews of Battlefield 2042 show that the game lived up to critics’ expectations. Some reviewers say the multiplayer mode gives the game a breath of fresh air.
On Metacritic, Battlefield 2042 currently has an aggregate score of 76 out of 100, based on 39 critics.
On the other hand, on Open Critic, the new title Battlefield obtained a total of 74 points out of 100, based on 49 critics.
You can read our Battlefield 2042 Open Beta review until the game’s final version review is released in the following days.