DICE, developer of Battlefield 2042, has published an in-depth FAQ on its website, and the post included details about the studio’s plans for cross-play and cross-progression. They also gave information on content differences between console generations.
The studio also confirmed it’s considering the possibility of adding cross-play to Battlefield 2042, although it’s not a definite feature yet. “We can confirm it’s a function we’re looking to build and test,” DICE stated. As a result of this additional feature, they are delaying the upcoming Battlefield 2042 technical test to later this summer.
The tech test will include “a few thousand” people, and DICE will notify those who are selected by email. A open beta will come later.
Cross-play in the technical test will have two brackets, and you can choose to avoid playing against PC players altogether:
- PC, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5 consoles (PC and console can opt-out from playing together)
- Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles
DICE is also planning cross-progression and cross-commerce for Battlefield 2042. This means all your progress and any content you purchase on one platform will come with you if you play on a different system.
The FAQ also clarified that Battlefield 2042’s new weather events will be available on all platforms. Players on PS4/Xbox One will have matches capped at 64 players, and maps on older-gen consoles have seen “adjustments to the playable area,” according to DICE.
Additionally, the FAQ mentioned Battlefield 2042’s AI soldiers that will populate matches. These soldiers will be used to fill servers, and you can’t opt out of playing with them. However, DICE did state a cap will be placed on the AI soldiers per match, and will not exceed the number of real players.
DICE provided an example, saying if a match has 120 out of 128 player, AI soldiers will fill the gap to balance teams. If a human players leaves during the match, and AI teammate will take their place until someone else joins.
Al players won’t be as capable as humans either. They can’t use Battlefield 2042’s numerous traits and specialties, nor can they use the Wingsuit. However, they are far from idiotic. They can use the vehicle call-in system and can capture objectives. “They do have the intelligence to decide between engaging with you via enemy fire, flanking, throwing grenades, or even reviving a downed squad mate,” DICE said.
You can check out the full FAQ, which includes even more details on Battlefield 2042.