Battlefield 2042 will include crossplay multiplayer and cross progression, publisher Electronic Arts and developer DICE have confirmed today.
While EA and DICE have confirmed Battlefield 2042 will include crossplay multiplayer, the companies are “looking to build and test” the functionality – so it’s not guaranteed to come in the game but they are testing PC, Xbox Series X|S, and PS5 crossplay during the invite-only technical alpha this summer. It’s already summer, so they’re likely just hinting it needs testing and refining.
Furthermore, EA notes that both PC and console players will reportedly be able to opt out of playing with other platforms. The AI bots that will help fill up servers will not be an opt-out thing, though, as the goal is to keep matches well populated and progressing. That won’t be a problem if you have crossplay fully enabled, though.
The previous-gen console versions of Battlefield 2042 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will have their own crossplay walled off, because both are limited to 64 players on servers. The PC, Xbox Series X|S, and PlayStation 5 versions will support the full 128 player servers.
Also of note in the blog update is that EA still avoids definitively saying crossplay is coming with messages like ” we’d like to give you an understanding of what we’re looking to achieve,” but they do conclude by saying to “expect” crossplay, cross progression, and even cross commerce support for the game across PC, Xbox, and PlayStation.
In case you missed it, you can find the debut gameplay trailer for Battlefield 2042 here in our previous report.
Here’s a rundown on the game, via EA:
ADAPT IN A WORLD TRANSFORMED BY DISORDER
Battlefield 2042 is a first-person shooter that marks the return to the iconic all-out warfare of the franchise. In a near-future world transformed by disorder, adapt and overcome dynamically-changing battlegrounds with the help of your squad and a cutting-edge arsenal.
Battlefield 2042 marks the return to the iconic all-out warfare of the franchise. Adapt and overcome dynamically-changing battlegrounds with the help of your squad and a cutting-edge arsenal. With support for 128 players*, prepare for unprecedented scale on vast environments. Take on massive experiences, from updated multiplayer modes like Conquest and Breakthrough to the all-new Hazard Zone.
- Welcome to a world transformed – U.S.A. and Russia stand at the brink of war. Proxy wars have waged for decades, generating experienced but displaced combat veterans. These Specialists use their skills to shape the future — a future worth fighting for.
- Battle through changing battlegrounds – Battlefield 2042 introduces 7 vast maps for up to 128* players. From Seoul’s cities to Egypt’s deserts, every map offers a unique experience based on the natural environment.
- Employ a cutting-edge arsenal – Customize weapons, gadgets and vehicles in-battle to tip the scales in your favor. Summon a robotic dog built for battle, employ a grappling hook or don your very own wingsuit.
- Specialists – Choose your role on the battlefield and form custom-made squads through the new Specialist system. Based on Battlefield’s four Classes, Specialists have one unique Specialty and Trait – but the rest of the loadout is fully customizable.
Battlefield 2042 launches October 22nd for Windows PC (via the Epic Games Store, Origin, and Steam), PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.