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.