It seems that some players may be getting the chance to play Battlefield 2042 a bit early as EA and DICE have announced a limited Battlefield 2042 closed playtest, along with other details about the game.
As spotted on the official Battlefield 2042 website, DICE and EA have outlines a technical test that they plan on running sometimes in July. Note, this playtest is not a Alpha test like the company has done with past Battlefield games as it will be done in a closed setting using a “grey box environment” of the game.
Battlefield 2042 is set to execute a closed Technical Playtest in early July where we’ll collect player feedback and intel from our Player Council, a group of Battlefield veterans we’re working with to provide insight on the game as launch approaches. This will all be done in a closed environment, under NDA.
Currently, we’re planning on showcasing the map Orbital in a 128-player Conquest experience where we’ll be mainly testing matchmaking, party/squad joining, and load times.
The Technical Playtest will give a few players their first chance to experience Battlefield 2042 and test out some of our newest features, including the handful of Specialists available: Mackay, Boris, Falck, and Casper. Testers will also try a variety of the game’s new weapons, Specialties, and vehicles, including the M5A3 and AC42 Assault Rifles, the Ranger, and the return of helicopters and jets with the F-35E Panther and MV38-Condor.
This closed Technical Playtest is intentionally running in a grey box environment to achieve our development goals around server loads, player experience, and rendering performance. The playtest will be different than those we’ve run in the past, and will be a grey box landscape for a few different reasons, like validating our back end systems and matchmaking. This playtest is designed with very specific technical goals and is not a representation of Battlefield 2042 in its current state.
Furthermore, the company has also revealed the official Battlefield 2042 FAQ page, answering some of the game’s biggest questions.
BATTLEFIELD 2042 FAQ
When does Battlefield 2042 launch and on what platforms?
Battlefield 2042 will be available on October 22 and will launch on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation®4, and PlayStation®5 consoles, along with PC on Steam, Origin, and the Epic Games store.
Will there be an Open Beta for Battlefield 2042?
Yes, in the months leading up to launch, we will host an Open Beta* available to all players across all platforms. If you pre-order any of the editions of Battlefield 2042, you will get early access to the Open Beta. Stay tuned for more Open Beta details.
What game modes can I play in Battlefield 2042?
When Battlefield 2042 launches, you’ll be able to take on revamped versions of the Conquest and Breakthrough experiences from previous Battlefield games. The all-new Hazard Zone is a thrilling new addition to the franchise and we can’t wait to tell you more about a brand new experience where you can discover unexpected battles and enter the wide universe of Battlefield. Learn more on the Game Modes page.
How many players does Battlefield 2042 support?
For the first time in Battlefield’s history, 128 players can join the all-out war at the same time**. This colossal player count equals entirely new gameplay opportunities and epic Battlefield moments.
What are the maps in Battlefield 2042?
You can learn about all the vast, dynamic maps of Battlefield 2042 on the Maps Page. Set across the globe, these massive battlefields will give you an even greater sense of spectacular, large-scale war, and have been crafted through a revamped design philosophy.
How can the maps change during matches?
You’ll experience ever-changing battle conditions and gameplay challenges on the Battlefield 2042 maps. Adapt on-the-fly to dynamic events and storms, such as sandstorms in the deserts of Qatar, a rocket launching from French Guiana’s Space Centre, and tornadoes threatening South Korea’s concrete jungles.
What are Specialists?
The new Specialist system lets you choose your role on the battlefield and form hand-tailored squads. Based on Battlefield’s four Classes, Specialists have one unique Specialty and Trait – but the rest of the loadout is fully customizable. Choosing and equipping your Specialist allows you to build synergies within your squad and empower yourself to take on any battle situation. There will initially be ten Specialists available in Battlefield 2042. Meet the first four and learn more on the Specialists page.
What weapons, vehicles, and other equipment will be available in Battlefield 2042?
You’ll be able to use a full roster of cutting-edge weapons, vehicles, jets, helis, and all-new equipment inspired by the near-future of 2042. Summon the Ranger, a robotic dog built for battle, use the Syrette Pistol to revive squad members from afar, employ a grappling hook to reach new places, don a wingsuit, deploy a recon drone, and more.
What are the live service plans for Battlefield 2042?
We’re taking a new approach to live service for a Battlefield game where players will be given the services and evolution they have come to expect from modern multiplayer games, all aimed at keeping the community playing together for years to come.
We’ll be evolving our world and expanding on the fiction through Seasons, each one lasting for about three months. Every Season will come with a new free and paid-for Battle Pass, delivering new content to chase after.
In our first year of live service, we will deliver four Seasons, with four Battle Passes, four new Specialists, along with more fresh content.
We’ll have more to share on the first Season of Battlefield 2042 before launch.
Will there be a Technical Playtest of Battlefield 2042?
Yes, a limited number of Battlefield veteran players will be able to participate in a Technical Playtest in the beginning of July 2021. Note that this test will not be a Closed Alpha similar to those created for previous Battlefield games. The Technical Playtest will be done in a closed setting where we’ll be using a grey box environment of the game, with participants under NDA. Get more information on the Technical Playtest page.
What is the purpose of the Technical Playtest?
Through player feedback and other means, we’ll focus on validating our core gameplay loop, technical performance, and stability in order to deliver a great experience for players at the launch of Battlefield 2042.
Stay tuned as we will have a plenty of more coverage to post. In the meantime, be sure to check out the official reveal trailer here: Battlefield 2042 reveal Trailer