Battlefield 2042 Might Add Cross-Play, Map Changes For Last-Gen Revealed, And Tech Test Delayed

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.

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