Battlefield 2042. Everything you need to know about

Battlefield 2042 is the latest game in the first-person shooter franchise by Electronic Arts (EA). The new multiplayer game is the first title in the franchise to support crossplay. However, players on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One can only play with each other, not with other platforms. This is the first time a Battlefield title doesn’t have a single-player mode. Players have the option to play offline but there is no campaign or story mode.

The latest Battlefield title lets 128 players destroy their surroundings and create chaos throughout a 30-minute battle. Players were able to experience the game through the open beta version that was released in early October 6. EA Play customers have the chance to try out the game for a limited period of time, and players who have purchased the Gold and Ultimate editions have received them early. Access to the game on November 12th.

Battlefield 2042, developed by EA DICE, is available to all players on Origin, Steam, Epic Games, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series S/Series X and Xbox One.

With that, here’s what you need to know about Battlefield 2042, how long it’s been out there for everyone, how much it costs, what your PC rig needs, and what critics are saying.

battlefield 2042 release date

Battlefield 2042 is set to release on Friday, November 19. This should not have happened. Originally, it was scheduled for October 22 – however, the launch has been delayed by almost a month due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“Building the next generation of Battlegrounds during a global pandemic has created unexpected challenges for our development teams,” said EA DICE CEO Oscar Gabrielson.

While Battlefield 2042 arrives on Friday for everyone, it has been available for EA Play customers starting this past Friday, November 12th. However, his exposure to the game is limited to only 10 hours. EA’s subscription service is available on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox consoles. Its price is Rs. 315 per month, while the annual subscription costs Rs. 1,990.

If you want to experience the game to the fullest, you will need a subscription to EA Play Pro which is exclusive to PC. EA Play Pro is priced at Rs. 999 per month, with annual subscription of Rs. 6,499.

Battlefield 2042 lets players use a handful of vehicles during battle
photo credit: EA DICE

battlefield 2042 pc system requirements

EA DICE has listed the minimum and recommended specifications requirements for PC players.

Battlefield 2042 Minimum PC Requirements

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 / Intel Core i5 6600K
  • GPU: AMD Radeon RX560 / Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti
  • RAM: 8GB
  • VRAM: 4GB

Battlefield 2042 Recommended PC Requirements

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X / Intel Core i7 4790
  • GPU: AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT/ Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060
  • RAM: 16GB
  • VRAM: 8GB

In addition, players will need at least 100GB of free space on their hard drives, including their PCs running 64-bit Windows 10 with DirectX 12. There is no information if Battlefield 2042 is supported on Windows 11, but you would expect it to be.

Battlefield 2042 Edition

There are three versions of Battlefield 2042 – Standard, Gold and Ultimate. The following benefits are available to players who pre-order the game.

Standard Edition players will receive the Irish – Battle Hardened Legendary Skin, the Baku ACB-90 Epic Melee Takedown Knife, the “Mr. Chompy” epic weapon charm, and the “Landfall” player card background and “Old Guard” tag.

Gold Edition players will get the Year 1 Pass with four new Experts, four Battle Passes and three Epic Skin bundles over the Standard Edition.

Similarly, Ultimate Edition players will get all the benefits of the Gold Edition, along with the Midnight Ultimate Bundle, official digital artbooks, and exclusive digital soundtracks.

Battlefield 2042 Price

If you can’t/can’t go down the EA Play Pro route, Battlefield 2042’s standard edition costs Rs. 2,999 on Origin, Steam and Epic Games (for PC). The Gold Edition is priced at Rs. 4,799, while the Ultimate Edition is priced at Rs. 5,999.

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Battlefield 2042 players can play as four characters
photo credit: EA DICE

On PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the standard edition costs Rs. 3,999, while the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S/X editions are priced at Rs. 4,499. The Gold and Ultimate editions are priced at Rs. 6,499 and Rs. 8,499 respectively.

Battlefield 2042 Size

On Xbox One S, the download size of the game is 27.9GB. The size of Battlefield 2042 on Xbox One X is about 33GB. And on the next-gen Series X, you’re looking at 51GB downloads or so. As per our testing, it has a download size of 49GB on PC, but it can be increased to 100GB as the developers mention the latter on their website.

Pre-loads for Battlefield 2042 have been available for a while now.

Battlefield 2042 Gameplay

Players can experience three modes in Battlefield 2042: All-Out Warfare, Battlefield Portal, and Battlefield Hazard Zone. The All-Out Warfare mode includes two sub-modes – Conquest and Decisive – and features dynamic weather. The Battlefield Portal lets players experience Battlefield 1942, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 3. Players also have the option of using their arsenal from Battlefield 2042 in the above three games. The Hazard Zone mode puts up to four players on a team, who must locate critical data drives while fighting off the opposition.

Additionally, EA has added seven maps which include hourglass Located in Doha, Qatar, Discarded Alang is located in India, manifesto Located in Brani Island, Singapore, kaleidoscope Located in Songdo, South Korea, of class Kourou is located in French Guiana, break away Located in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica, and upgrade Located in the Eastern Desert, Egypt.

Battlefield 2042 players have the ability to respawn in fighter jets, attack helicopters, or call-in to an available vehicle near their location.

Since the new Battlefield title is set in the near future – 2042 – it gets a gamut of futuristic weapons and gadgets. A “plus” system allows players to customize their weapons on the spot.

Players still get to choose from four traditional battlefield characters under the Assault, Engineer, Medic and Recon classes. Each character can be equipped with all the weapons and gadgets a player has unlocked, while each character has its own unique skills and gadgets.

Dynamic weather – tornadoes and sandstorms – will affect the gameplay and the destructible environment of ‘Levolution’ and Battlefield 4 can be experienced in the upcoming game.

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Battlefield 2042 doesn’t have a story or campaign mode
photo credit: EA DICE

Battlefield 2042 Review

Initial reviews of Battlefield 2042 suggest that the game has lived up to critics’ expectations. Some critics say that going the multiplayer route brings a breath of fresh air to the game.

On Metacritic, Battlefield 2042 currently has an overall score of 76 out of 100 based on reviews from 39 critics.

On the other hand, on Open Critic, the new Battlefield title scored a total of 74 out of 100, based on reviews from 49 critics.

You can read our review of Battlefield 2042 Open Beta until a review of the final version of the game is published in the following days.


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