Battlefield 2042 - Beta: dates and times, how to access and available modes

In this article you will find all the information on the Battlefield 2042 Open Beta, starting from dates and times, down to the details of the modalities and the Specialists available.

Battlefield 2042, the new multiplayer shooter from DICE and Electronic Arts, will be available in stores on November 19, 2021 for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X | S and PC. The beta that is taking place these days allows players to get a first taste of the multiplayer experience of the new exponent of the game dynamics series. If you haven't already, we strongly recommend that you read our tried and tested Battlefield 2042 beta.

How to access the beta, dates and times and everything you need to know

Battlefield 2042, the clashes will take place on huge maps and as usual it will be possible to use air and land vehicles

The Battlefield 2042 beta takes place between Wednesday 6 October and Sunday 10 October, basically in two different stages. The first is in early access for all those who have booked the game or are subscribers to the EA Play service (also included in Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Game Pass for PC) and takes place from 9:00 am on 6 October until the same time. of 8 October. The second part of the Battlefield 2042 beta will instead be open to everyone and will take place from 09:00 on Friday 8 October. In summary:

  • Early access: from 09:00 on 6 October to 09:00 on Friday 8 October
  • General access: from 09:00 on 8 October to 09:00 on Sunday 10 October

The Battlefield 2042 beta is available at all platforms with the preload available right now also for those who intend to participate in the phase open to all. You can download the client from the PlayStation Store for PS5 and PS4 versions, from the Xbox Store for Xbox Series X | S and Xbox One, and from Origin, Steam and Epic Games Store for PC.

Below is the size of the beta client for the various platforms:

  • PS4 - 20.731 GB
  • PS5 - 16.506 GB
  • Xbox One - 9.34 GB
  • Xbox Series X|S - 17.23 GB
  • PC 17.7 GB

Please note that subscription a PlayStation Plus is not necessary to participate in the Open Beta on PlayStation platforms, while on Xbox platforms, an Xbox Live Gold subscription is required. Also, unlike the full game, the Battlefield 2042 beta is only available in English.

Finally, we would like to clarify that, since it is an Open Beta and not a limited number of testing phase, you are free to register and sharevideos, images and so on on social networks or where you think it is more appropriate.

Modes, maps and Specialists

Battlefield 2042, here is "Orbital" the map where the battles of the Conquest mode will take place in the Open Beta

Battlefield 2042 is set in the near future. After a climate crisis and a natural catastrophe, the global economy is on its knees and tensions between the United States and Russia are about to unleash World War III. Our virtual avatars fight in factions called "Homeless" a group of mercenaries that include soldiers from all peoples no longer linked to their homeland. A narrative opening that serves as a pretext for the classics large-scale clashes in multiplayer that the Battlefield saga has accustomed us to for years, where a large number of players will battle in huge maps that can also be crossed with various land, sea and air vehicles.

The Battlefield 2042 Open Beta allows you to try the inevitable Conquest. Up to 128 players (64 per side) on PC, Xbox Series X | S and PS5 will take part in this mode, while on PS4 and Xbox One up to a maximum of 64 players (32 per side). Compared to the previous chapters, in Battlefield 2042 the action now focuses on conquering and controlling sectors composed of different "flags", rather than on single individual control points, which will make the matches less dispersive and more strategic , at least on paper.

Everything will take place on the map "Orbital", a launch site near the departure of a rocket, located in Kourou, French Guiana.

During the Battlefield 2042 Open Beta, players will be able to use four gods Specialists which will be available at launch, namely Webster Mackay, Maria Falck, Pyotr "Boris" Guskovsky and Wikus "Casper" Van Daele. Specialists are based on the four Battlefield classes and feature a unique specialty and trait. The rest of their gear is customizable. By choosing and equipping your specialist you can create synergies within your team and face any situation in battle.

Here are details on the specialties and traits of the four Specialists in the Battlefield 2042 beta.

Webster Mackay

Adventurer. Nomadic. Soldier. Mackay is a tough guy with a conscience. Following in his father's footsteps, Mackay enlisted in the Canadian military as a teenager. At the height of his military career, he was a member of Joint Task Force 2 as part of a counter-terrorism unit.

After getting his discharge from the army, he followed his dream of exploring and living detached from civilization. Now, this stormtrooper fights for dispatriates to drive away the regrets of his military background.

  • Specialty - Grapple: Shoot a rope that snaps to surfaces. When hooked, the rope is retracted and the player dragged to the hook point.
  • Stretch - Agile: Allows the player to move faster while aiming, further enhancing the benefits provided by his speed.

Maria Falck

A veteran support soldier, Maria Falck has an iron will that cannot be attacked by danger, fear or differences of rank. This skilled doctor served in the German military for six years, serving in North Africa and the Middle East with the aim of making a positive impact on the world.

She is now in search of her missing son David, after learning he may have ties to a group of Dis-pat.

  • Specialty - Syrette S21 Pistol: Fire a syringe at allies to heal them. If fired at an enemy, the syringe deals damage.
  • Trait - Battle Surgeon: Allows the player to return allies to the ground in combat condition at full health.

Pyotr "Boris" Guskovsky

Individualistic and determined, Boris seeks to gain power and control in a chaotic world. Some find his leadership a little too aggressive, but his ability on the pitch is beyond question.

This Russian-born engineer is a great expert on task force weapons and defensive tactics in particular, but his loyalty to the team is suspect. Despite everything, Boris always gets the job done, even with maximum collateral damage.

  • Specialty - SG-36 Guard Turret: Automatically detects and attacks enemy targets detected in a certain area.
  • Trait - Sentinel Operator: Locates the target when the sentry locks on the enemy in question.

Wikus "Casper" Van Daele

Scout Wikus is a loner, an unabashed and quiet presence on the task force. A former spy agent operating in South Africa, Wikus is a master of camouflage and long-range engagements.

After getting involved in a conspiracy in which a senior officer endangered his unit members and local civilians, Wikus was falsely accused of murder and had to flee the country. He sided with the Dis-pat in the hope of being able to return home someday, if he was still there.

  • Specialty - OV-P Recon Drone: Detects nearby moving targets and can disorient enemies using EMP explosions. It can also be used to designate targets for lock-on weapons.
  • Stretch - Motion sensor: Warns the player of approaching enemies, both while on the ground and when piloting the recon drone.

Progress transfer

Battlefield 2042, Webster Mackay, one of the Specialists featured in the Open Beta

Progress made in Battlefield 2042 Open Beta they will not carry over to the full game once this is available in stores.

Likewise, the developers have balanced the beta so that you don't need XP and rank up. For this reason, immediately they will be unlocked a large assortment of weaponry (weapons, vehicles and gadgets) and that will allow you to make the most of the time you spend in the Open Beta, without having to worry about quickly leveling up and focusing only on the pro and simple fun.

PC system requirements

Battlefield 2042

EA and DICE shared the system requirements of the PC version of the Battlefield 2042 Open Beta. Please note that these may vary from those of the full game.

Battlefield 2042 Open Beta - minimum requirements

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 6600K, AMD Ryzen 5 3600
  • Video card: NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti, AMD RX 560
  • Memory: 8 GB of RAM
  • Storage: 100 GB of space required
  • Operating system: Windows 10 64 bit

Battlefield 2042 Open Beta - Recommended Requirements

  • Processor: Intel Core i7 4790, AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
  • Scheda video: NVIDIA RTX 3060, AMD RX 6600 XT
  • Memory: 16 GB of RAM
  • Storage: 100 GB of space required on SSD
  • Operating system: Windows 10 64 bit

Regardless of your configuration, the important thing is to be able to reach at least 60fps to ensure a smooth gaming experience, essential in a first person shooter. And if you manage to reach 120fps or even more, so much the better!

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