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Battlefield 2042 beta: Start date, how to play, preload details & more

Published: 26/Jul/2021 19:00 Updated: 27/Jul/2021 17:23

by Brad Norton


Before EA releases Battlefield 2042 worldwide, they’re currently planning on hosting a beta for players to check out all the content within. This will be player’s first time to dive into one of the most anticipated games of 2021! 

As with most big multiplayer titles these days, Battlefield 2042 will allow players to test things out early through a public Beta. While the experience isn’t quite finalized, meaning there might be some bugs and server issues along the way, betas often serve as a decent taste test for what’s to come.

With EA Dice’s new iteration of the legendary series, they’re adding a ton of new features including the revolutionary Battlefield Portal. But, you’ll be able to jump onto the battlefield before the game fully release, as EA are planning on releasing a full beta for gamers.


Here’s a complete rundown on everything there is to know about the Open Beta so you can jump into 2042 early.

Battlefield 2042 Open Beta start/end dates & platforms

Battlefield 2042 gameplay
Electronic Arts
Battlefield 2042 is all set for an Open Beta closer to launch.

Battlefield 2042’s Open Beta will be launching closer to the game’s full release. While no exact date is locked in, EA has confirmed that the Open Beta will go live in September.

We’ll keep you updated right here as specific dates are locked in.

As for which platforms it will be available on, gamers on PlayStation 4 & 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC will all be able to join in.

How to access Battlefield 2042 Open Beta early

Battlefield 2042 release dates
Battlefield fans can get into the 2042 Open Beta early by pre-ordering.

If you want to drop into 2042 as early as possible, pre-ordering is the way to go. Regardless of where you play, pre-ordering gives you early access to the Open Beta, ahead of those who don’t pre-order.


There’s no telling just much sooner you’ll get in, but it’s likely an extra few days will be added to your experience. But, they’ve also stated that everyone will be able to have a crack at the beta, regardless, if you pre-ordered the game or not. 

Furthermore, using EA Play also gives you a 10-hour trial period. This kicks off on October 15, a week out from 2042’s release. When combined with the Open Beta, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to dump a few dozen hours into the new title before it properly launches.


How to access Battlefield 2042 Technical Playtest

Other than the Open Beta, EA is also planning a Technical Playtest for a smaller selection of players. A few thousand lucky candidates will be invited to the private test sometime this Summer.

This playtest is just that, a test. It is not expected to represent the final product or even the Open Beta. Instead, the intention here is to experiment with technical performance across various platforms.

In order to join the Technical Playtest, register your interest here as an EA Playtester. Signing up doesn’t guarantee access, as only a small handful will be invited through to the upcoming session.