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

EA has revealed the dates for its upcoming Battlefield 2042 open beta and it begins next week. The Battlefield 2042 open beta will begin on October 8 on all platforms, Electronic Arts announced today, or two days earlier, October 6, for EA Play members and anyone who has preordered the game. While issues stemming from COVID-19 might have caused 2020 to be underwhelming for some, this year has no shortage of Triple-A games releasing during the holiday season. With so many titles scheduled to release, it’s important to stand out from among the crowd. One of these high-profile games looking to set itself apart is Battlefield 2042.

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As per announced by EA, early access to the beta will be given to those who pre-order the game and will begin on October 6. Those who haven't already put money down will be able to try the game out starting on October 8. The open beta will end on October 9. The beta was originally expected to take place in September, but the full release of the near future shooter was delayed from October 22 to November 19. The beta will include the series most iconic mode, Conquest on a map called Orbital.

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
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Other multiplayer modes in Battlefield 2042 includes All-Out Warfare and Hazard Zones mode. There are six other maps — Hourglass, Kaleidoscope, Manifest, Discarded, Breakaway, and Renewal. Battlefield 2042 players will be able to test four characters in the open beta test. They are Webster Mackay, Maria Falck, Pyotr "Boris" Guskovsky, and Wikus "Casper" Van Daele.

Talking about all the four characters:

Mackay is your basic soldier with a much more straightforward plan of getting in the enemy's face and knocking them down while his fellow Specialists have a few more specialized tools and abilities. He comes equipped with a grappling hook that will allow you to traverse maps quicker, which also works well with his Nimble ability, allowing him to move faster while aiming down sights.

Falck, on the other hand, is more focused on healing his team than killing the enemy. He comes equipped with the S21 Syrette Pistol, allowing players to heal friendlies from range. The Combat Surgeon ability allows him to give full health upon reviving a downed teammate.

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Every Squad needs a leader, which is where Guskovsky comes in. The name of his game is to mark enemies for his teammates, a task that his Sentry gun and Senty Operator ability help him with. The former is a self aiming turret that will spot and attack any enemies seen in a certain area while the latter will mark enemies spotted by his Sentry gun.

Finally, we come to the ghost, the sniper. Daele likes to stay by himself, staying at range from enemies on the battlefield. His Recon Drone flies above him, marking enemies and has a built-in EMP blast for anyone who gets too close to it. His Movement Sensor ability alerts him when there are enemies nearby.

EA detailed the supported platforms for the beta as well. Gamers can play on PC through Origin, EA app, Steam, or Epic Games Store. In addition, it is available for download on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One. This is good news for gamers playing on last-generation hardware as this disproves a rumor suggesting that the Battlefield 2042 beta wasn’t coming to PS4 and Xbox One.

DICE and EA also announced the PC system requirements for the beta, which you can find below:

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Minimum Requirements:
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10
  • Processor (AMD): AMD Ryzen 5 3600
  • Processor (Intel): Core i5-6600K
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Video Memory: 4 GB
  • Graphics card (NVIDIA): Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
  • Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon RX 560
  • DirectX: 12
  • Online Connection Requirements: 512 kbps or faster Internet connection
  • Hard-drive space: 100 GB
Recommended requirements:
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10
  • Processor (AMD): AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
  • Processor (Intel): Intel Core i7-4790
  • Memory: 16 GB
  • Video Memory: 8 GB
  • Graphics card (NVIDIA): Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060
  • Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT
  • DirectX: 12
  • Online Connection Requirements: 512 kbps or faster Internet connection
  • Hard-drive space: 100 GB SSD

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