‘Battlefield 2042’ beta announcement: here’s everything you need to know


Finally, we know when the Battlefield 2042 beta is underway, and it’s just around the corner.

The game was delayed earlier this month, with its release date pushed back from October 22 to November 19.

This meant that the beta would be pushed back as well, although it never had a specific date to start. Now the beta will begin in early October. Here’s everything you need to know, including start and end times, what kind of content to expect, and how to play.

Battlefield 2042 start and end times

The Battlefield 2042 The beta starts on October 6 and will last 48 hours in early access for pre-order customers. (Hope to get early access codes for a giveaway, so be sure to Follow me on twitter, Patreon or subscribe to my YouTube channel for news on this front).

The beta opens October 8 to all players, regardless of pre-order, and continues through October 10. Here are the relevant timetables:

  • October 5: Downloads enabled for all players
  • October 6-9: The early access window begins October 6 at 9 a.m. CEST / 12 p.m. PT / 3 a.m. ET
  • October 8-9: Open Beta begins October 8 at 9 a.m. CEST / 12 p.m. PT / 3 a.m. ET
  • October 10: Beta ends at 9 a.m. CEST / 12 p.m. PT / 3 a.m. ET

Check out my video on the next beta of the game below:

What content will be available?

The beta will feature the “Iconic Conquest Experience” on the new Orbital map and feature massive 128-player battles with teams of 64 battling it out on PC, Xbox Series X | S, and PS5. These team sizes are halved for the latest gen consoles, so teams of 32 will compete on the same map on PS4 / PS5. This indicates that there will be no cross-gen play.

Players will have access to four different specialists, each with their own specialties and characteristics. These are:

  • Boris, a Russian engineer
  • Casper, a South African camouflage and long-range attack expert (aka sniper)
  • Falck, a German doctor / support class
  • Mackay, a Canadian outdoorsman and nomad who comes with a grappling hook

Sorry Americans, this beta is an international affair.

The map, Orbital, takes place in Kourou, French Guiana, and centers around an impending rocket launch. Some things you can expect during a Conquest on Orbital match include:

  • an automated rocket launch sequence
  • zipline crossing between lightning towers (that doesn’t seem safe!)
  • vehicle combat in bad weather
  • a tornado event that changes the flow of the battle and more

How to play

As mentioned earlier, you can only play the Early Access portion of the beta if you pre-order or if a code is provided. I’ll see what I can do for the latter. In the meantime, the game costs $ 59.99 on last-gen consoles and PCs and $ 69.99 on current-gen systems. It will launch on November 19 on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, and PC.

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