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Battlefield 2042: Release date, specialists, game modes, maps, new features

Published: 29/Jul/2021 3:30 Updated: 29/Jul/2021 3:41

by Alex Garton

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Battlefield 2042 is the next installment in the massive FPS franchise, and fans are looking forward to taking their place as Specialists in a world on the brink. Here’s everything you need to know about DICE’s highly-anticipated multiplayer shooter.

Alongside Call of Duty, Battlefield remains one of the most popular and long-standing FPS franchises on the market. The series has garnered a dedicated fanbase that enjoys large-scale battles fought across huge and expansive maps. They didn’t release a new game in 2020, so news that DICE was working on another game in the series for 2021 has fans very excited.

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Previously leaving fans in the dark for months, on June 9, EA finally released the reveal trailer for the game and confirmed its official name.

Further new feature details were revealed at E3 2021, and not only that, EA even revealed the game’s scheduled release date, and there isn’t too long to wait.


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Battlefield 2042 release date

Battlefield 2042 action
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Battlefield 2042 brings the franchise back to a modern setting.

During the reveal trailer on June 9, EA confirmed that Battlefield 2042 is set to release on October 22, 2021. For early access members, the game will be available on October 15.

However, with the DICE developers and management at EA citing that they’re ahead of schedule, it’s likely Battlefield 2042 will release on time.

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Furthermore, at the EA Play live event on July 22, EA confirmed that the 2042 Open Beta will take place in September. So make sure it’s marked on your calendar!

Battlefield 2042 trailers

Battlefield 2042’s reveal trailer premiered on June 9, 2021, and unveils a range of new details on DICE’s upcoming title.

At E3 2021, we were treated to a first look at the gameplay trailer for 2042. Featuring in-engine footage captured with up to 128 players, high octane chases and immersive locations set the stage for what’s undoubtedly going to be an incredible experience. 

Also featured in the trailer were storms, something that highlighted what devs mentioned as “an ever-changing battlefield” for the game.

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During the EA Play Live event, we also got our first look at Battleifled Portal. The trailer showcased just how the new creative toolset works.

When and where is Battlefield 2042 set?

Battlefield 2042 setting
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Battlefield 2042 is set in a war-torn world in the midst of a global conflict.

Battlefield 2042 is set in the modern era in the midst of a world war driven by a conflict between the USA and Russia. Shortages of food, energy, and clean water have led to countless desperate nations on the brink of crisis.

As the two biggest superpowers on the planet continue to forge war against each other, players join a group known as Specialists who fight for both sides and do not represent a flag.

Their goal is to fight for what matters and protect the non-patriated in this new war-torn world.

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Battlefield 2042 maps and modes

Battlefield 2042 multiplayer
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Battlefield 2042 will be launching with three distinct multiplayer experiences.

Battlefield 2042 will launch with three separate standout multiplayer experiences for players to jump into. While fans of the franchise will recognize some returning features, DICE has certainly made some major additions to evolve the gameplay.

All-Out Warfare

All-Out Warfare is the next generation of fan-favorite modes Conquest and Breakthrough, featuring the largest maps ever for the franchise and hosting up to 128 players. Players will experience the intensity of war like never before with maps featuring dynamic weather, dangerous environmental hazards, and spectacular world events.

Hazard Zone

Hazard Zone is a brand new squad-based game-type for the Battlefield franchise that is a modern take on the multiplayer experience that is distinctly DICE. EA hasn’t revealed all the details on this mode but they’ve made it clear that it’s very different from All-Out Warfare’s Conquest or Breakthrough modes.

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Battlefield Portal

The third experience was confirmed to be Battlefield Portal during the EA Play Live event. Portal offers an extensive toolset that allows players to build their own modes. With a variety of maps, weapons, and vehicles from previous Battlefield titles, the community can use a wide range of assets to bring their dreams to life.

Battlefield 2042 maps
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Battlefield 2042 will launch with seven maps for the All-Out-Warfare experience.

In terms of maps, Battlefield 2042 is looking to raise the bar when it comes to scale and choices that players can make while exploring a landmass.

It’s obvious DICE wanted to create sandbox-enabling maps that change and evolve throughout a conflict. It’s worth noting the All-Out Warfare mode will host 128 players on the next-gen consoles and PC, but only 64 players on the PS4 and Xbox One. This is to ensure players on those systems still receive an optimized experience.

Battlefield 2042 will launch with seven separate maps for the All-Out Warfare mode:

  • Kaleidoscope – Set in Sogdo, South Korea, forces here will close 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 center 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, struggles over oil and gas pushes soldiers to the brink as industry clashes with nature and ice give way.

Moreover, Battlefield Portal also marks the return of six classic maps, all of which have been revitalized for the latest hardware.

  • Battle of the Bulge (BF 1942)
  • El Alamein (BF 1942)
  • Arica Harbor (Bad Company 2)
  • Valparaiso (Bad Company 2)
  • Caspian Border (Battlefield 3)
  • Noshahr Canals (Battlefield 3)

Battlefield 2042 features

attachments in Battlefield 2042
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Players will be able to swap attachments on the fly in 2042.

At E3 2021, players got a new look at all the features that will be making their way into the title. We’ve compiled them below:

  • Grappling Hook – Appearing briefly in the trailer, looks to add more mobility for players.
  • Hot-swappable Attachments – This feature will be crucial to adapt and overcome what your opponents are bringing your way in a match.
  • Environmental physics and weather – Further developing the world players will be existing in, we got a look at giant sandstorms that engulfed the location shown in the gameplay trailer.

Despite these fantastic reveals, it could be that the best is yet to come. During Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek’s co-stream of E3 2021, the streamer spoke about the trailer’s content, adding that “there’s definitely more [Battlefield 2042] that DICE and EA are going to show. There’s a lot more.” 

Will Battlefield have crossplay?

On July 14, it was confirmed that crossplay is currently being built and tested for Battlefield 2042.

The first taste of this crossplay functionality will be on display during an upcoming technical playtest. Players across PC, Xbox Series X|S, and PlayStation 5 will be experimenting with the feature for the first time as it’s still in early development.

As crossplay is still being built, there’s no guarantee it will be locked in for day one of 2042’s full release. With that said, EA has outlined its hopes for crossplay at launch.

The developers intend on crossplay working out of the gate as follows:

  • Crossplay with PC, Xbox Series X|S, and PlayStation 5 (PC and console players can opt-out from playing together)
  • Crossplay with Xbox One and PlayStation 4
  • Current-gen hardware and PC players will not be able to crossplay with those on Xbox One or PlayStation 4.

Weapons and vehicles in Battlefield 2042

Battlefield 2042 vehicles

When it comes to vehicles and weapons, DICE is giving more freedom to players in terms of customization than ever before.

The new Plus System will allow Specialists to change up their weapons in real-time, and adjust them to fit the scenario that they’re in. 

On top of this, vehicles in Battlefield 2042 are going to be more focused on team collaboration and will have individual seats. Each of these seats will be allocated to a specific job, such as gunner seats, spotters seats, anti-air seats, and more.

This means in order to make the most out of vehicles in Battlefield 2042, players will have to work together and co-ordinate with each other.

Specialists in Battlefield 2042

Battlefield 2042 Specialists
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Battlefield 2042 will launch with 10 Specialists total.

Players will step into the boots of Specialists in Battlefield 2042, each with their own Specialist Trait and Specialty that they can use to their advantage.

It’s worth noting that alongside their specific abilities, Specialists will have fully customizable loadouts for players to tweak and perfect.

So far, EA has revealed four of the ten Specialists that players can expect to see at launch. You can check them out below:

Wikus “Casper” Van Daele

  • Place of Birth: South Africa
  • Class: Recon
  • Specialty: OV-P Recon Drone
  • Trait: Movement Sensor

Webster Mackay

  • Place of Birth: Canada
  • Class: Assault
  • Specialty: Grappling Hook
  • Trait: Nimble

Maria Falck

  • Place of Birth: Germany
  • Class: Support
  • Specialty: S21 Syrette Pistol
  • Trait: Combat Surgeon

Pyotr “Boris” Guskovsky

  • Place of Birth: Russia
  • Class: Engineer
  • Specialty: SG-36 Sentry Gun
  • Trait: Sentry Operator

Battlefield 2042 open beta and editions

Battlefield 2042 editions
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There are three Battlefield 2042 editions that players can purchase.

There are three different Battlefield 2042 editions available to purchase and each of them offers a series of exclusive rewards and bonuses:

  • Battlefield 2042 Standard Edition: $59.99 (PS4, Xbox One & PC) $69.99 (PS5 & Xbox Series X/S)
  • Battlefield 2042 Gold Edition: $89.99 (PC) $99.99 (Console)
  • Battlefield 2042 Ultimate Edition: $109.99 (PC) $119,99 (Console)

EA has confirmed that players who pre-order Battlefield 2042 ahead of the release date in October will receive access to the open beta at an unspecified date in September.

On top of this, EA Play members can try out the game on October 15 for a 10-hour trial period and receive 10% off their pre-order.

Battlefield 2042 battle royale mode

Battlefield 2042 BR
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Battlefield 2042 has two unspecified multiplayer experiences to reveal.

While it’s still possible Battlefield 2042 will release with a BR mode, it seems very unlikely based on the way DICE described the Hazard Zone multiplayer experience.

However, it’s possible they’re developing a BR on the side and are looking to release it in the future in a similar way to Warzone, we’ll just have to and see.


Keep checking back often, as we’ll make sure to keep this article up-to-date with all the latest Battlefield 2042 release date news, leaks, and updates.

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