Bat­tle­field 2042 has offi­cial­ly been announced, and this game will be mul­ti­play­er-only. DICE, the game’s devel­op­er, also revealed plans for a beta test, tech test, and some infor­ma­tion on live services.

A FAQ post­ed on the Bat­tle­field web­site revealed that there will be an open beta for Bat­tle­field 2042, but it won’t release until “the months lead­ing up to launch.” The beta will be avail­able across all plat­forms, which includes the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.

The FAQ also says that peo­ple who pre­order Bat­tle­field 2042 will get “ear­ly access” to the beta. Of course, DICE will announce more details on the open beta clos­er to launch. 

There will also be a tech­ni­cal playtest for the game, which takes place in July. How­ev­er, DICE stat­ed this will not be a closed alpha like pre­vi­ous titles. Instead, it will be “done in a closed set­ting where we’ll be using a grey box envi­ron­ment.” Those who are invit­ed will be under an NDA, so no details will like­ly be heard (unless some­one decides to break their agreement).

Bat­tle­field 2042’s live ser­vice ele­ments are tak­ing “a new approach,” accord­ing to DICE. It’s aim­ing at keep­ing the Bat­tle­field com­mu­ni­ty togeth­er “for years to come.” Even though this game does not have a tra­di­tion­al cam­paign, DICE states it will deliv­er pieces of the sto­ry through­out the game’s sea­sons. Each of these will last “about three months.”

Each new sea­son will add new free and paid con­tent through the Bat­tle Pass. With­in the first 12 months, the stu­dio will launch four bat­tle pass­es, four new Spe­cial­ist char­ac­ters, and “more fresh con­tent.” It all sounds sim­i­lar to how Call of Duty’s mul­ti­play­er envi­ron­ment is set up right now.

Although Bat­tle­field 2042 was offi­cial­ly announced today, the first game­play footage wont be shown until Xbox’s E3 2021 event on June 13th.