Open beta dates, early access and pre-load times
The launch of Battlefield 2042 may have been delayed by a month, but fans will be able to get familiar with the hit shooter as early as next week through Open Beta. EA has announced the dates for the Open Beta, which will run October 6-9.
Those who pre-order the game or are currently members of EA Play will be able to participate first during an early access period from Wednesday October 6 through Thursday October 7. From Friday October 8 to Saturday October 9, everyone can play.
To maximize your playtime during the beta, EA is giving you the option to preload Battlefield 2042. You can start preloading as early as 2:00 a.m. ET on October 5 (11:00 p.m. PT October 4) on PC, and an hour later on consoles. .
The Open Beta will be available on PC via Origin, the EA app, Steam and Epic and on console (PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S). You won’t need a PlayStation Plus subscription to play on PlayStation; However, you will need to have an Xbox Live Gold subscription to play on Xbox.
The iconic Battlefield Conquest will be the only mode available during the beta. Conquest is what the franchise is best known for, but Battlefield 2042 improves upon it in several ways. On the next gen and on PC, for example, the Conquest now supports up to 128 players, so this will be the first time we get a feel for this full-scale war. Four specialists – Boris, Casper, Falck and Mackay – will be available to the players.
The action will take place on the Orbital map, which is the one with the giant rocket. EA teases that “enemy fire and chaotic weather conditions can help or hinder your fight,” so it will be cool to check out the dynamic gameplay elements that unfold during battle.
Unfortunately, the Breakthrough game mode and the intriguing Battlefield Portal will not be available during the beta. Additionally, none of your progress will carry over at launch.
Battlefield 2042 is slated for release on November 19. There is no NDA on the beta, so expect to see tons of gameplay videos.