Electronic Arts and DICE have announced that the Battlefield 2042 Open Beta will be available on 8th October 2021 for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. The game will be available for pre-load starting 5th October.
The Battlefield 2042 Open Beta will feature the iconic Conquest experience on the Orbital map, previously showcased in the game’s reveal trailer. PC and next-gen console players will receive first-hand experience of playing the new, epic 128-player battles (64 players on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One) through Conquest’s large-scale game mode, and will fight for control of key objective points on the map.
During the Beta, participants will have a chance to jump into the franchise’s signature brand of All-Out Warfare as one of four unique Specialists each equipped with their own individual styles, specialties and traits. Players can step into the shoes of Boris, a Russian engineer who comes with a SG-36; Casper, a South African camouflage and long-ranged attacks expert; Falck, a skilled German medic who specializes in Support; and Mackay, a Canadian outdoorsman and nomad who is equipped with a Grapple Gun.
Set in Kourou, French Guiana, the Battlefield 2042 Orbital map lets players experience a race against time in hostile conditions as they battle around the site of an imminent rocket launch. Sectors found in this map include the Assembly Building, the Launch Platform and the Crawlerway connecting the two. During a Conquest match, players will experience Battlefield’s signature dynamic maps featuring an automated rocket launch sequence, zipline traversal between lightning towers, vehicular combat in adverse weather, including an unexpected tornado event altering the flow of battle, and much more.
Additionally, the series of Battlefield Briefing blogs continue leading up to the start of Open Beta, with a new Progression and Cosmetics developer blog now live on the game’s official website. This post dives into Battlefield 2042’s progression system, the return of Ribbons and other features like Mastery and the Player Card, cross-progression and cosmetic options for Specialists. It also features developer comments with Level Designer Kalle Nystrom and Lead Level Designer Shashank Uchil.
Battlefield 2042 is available now for pre-order and is set to launch on retail and digital storefronts on 19th November for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.