‘Battlefield 2042’ Open Beta Dates Revealed: Here’s Everything You Need To Know

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

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

This meant the beta would also be pushed back, though it never had a precise date to begin with. Now, the beta will begin in early October. Here’s everything you need to know, including start and end-times, what sort of content to expect and how to play.

Battlefield 2042 Start And End-Times

The Battlefield 2042 beta begins on October 6th and will run a 48 hour Early Access period for pre-order customers. (I’m hoping to get some Early Access codes for a giveaway so be sure to follow me on Twitter, Patreon or subscribe to my YouTube channel for news on that front).

The beta opens up on October 8th to all players, regardless of pre-order, and continues until October 10th. Here are the relevant times:

  • Oct 5: Downloads enabled for all players 
  • Oct 6-9: Early Access window begins Oct 6 at 9am CEST / 12am PT / 3am ET
  • Oct 8-9: Open Beta begins Oct 8 at 9am CEST / 12am PT / 3am ET 
  • Oct 10: Beta ends 9am CEST / 12am PT / 3am ET

Watch my video on the game’s upcoming beta below:


What Content Will Be Available?

The beta will feature the “iconic Conquest experience” on the new Orbital map, and will feature massive 128-player battles with teams of 64 competing against one another on PC, Xbox Series X|S and PS5. Those team sizes are slashed in half for last-gen consoles, so teams of 32 will compete on the same map on PS4/PS5. This indicates there will not be cross-gen play.

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

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

Sorry, Americans, this beta is an international affair.

The map, Orbital, is set in Kourou, French Guiana, and is centered around an imminent rocket launch. Some things you can expect during a match of Conquest on Orbital include:

  • an automated rocket launch sequence
  • zipline traversal between lightning towers (that doesn’t sound safe!)
  • vehicular combat in adverse weather
  • a tornado event that alters the flow of 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 about the latter. In the meantime, the game costs $59.99 on last-gen consoles and PC and $69.99 on current-gen systems. It launches on November 19th on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC.

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