While diehard fans continued to cry into the abyss for a new Battlefield title, developer DICE echoed back with the likes of Battlefield 2042. Although the previous Battlefield V proved to be the lesser appealing release from the series, the newest entry upon its announcement illustrates to be bouncing back to the core experience many feel nostalgic about now. In addition to the multiplayer, Ripple Effect is working on Battlefield Portal which bridges multiple releases into one experience.
Elsewhere, DICE also went on to confirm that the game is to integrate cross-platform play. Howbeit, the feature only appears to be supported for the new Xbox & PlayStation with PC as well. More interesting is that the game’s are to also feature 128-player lobbies also. But, the developer went on to state the larger matches will integrate bots into the matches.
One takeaway from Battlefield 2042 is the versions available. In terms of dual-entitlement, you would need to pre-order the Gold or Ultimate Edition of the game. But in a new statement from DICE, that is not a requirement any longer.
We realize that for many, next gen hardware is still hard to come by. We want as many Battlefield fans as possible to start the journey with us on day one, and we want to give those players the peace of mind that their progress carries over if they get a new system this holiday season, or beyond.
So if you’ve already pre-ordered the Digital Standard Edition on new hardware, you’re automatically being upgraded to also receive access to the previous generation of the game. If you’re otherwise still playing on older hardware, and are on the fence as to what version of the game you might want to buy, here’s a new option for you – we hope it helps!
As console hardware remains at a scarcity – for either Xbox Series systems or PlayStation 5 – it is a relief that the developer is not upcharging for its users to migrate when available to newer hardware. The relief is also stacked on the delay of Battlefield 2042 which at the time gave fans extra time to find a system before the title ships.
Additionally, the open beta for Battlefield 2042 is still underway. Currently, the playtest is open to all users across Xbox, PlayStation, and PC. You can read the full report by heading here.
Are you happy with the decision from DICE?
Battlefied 2042 launches for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC on November 19, 2021.