Battlefield 2042 beta time, dates, pre-load: Play Call of Duty rival without a pre-order


The Battlefield 2042 beta early access period is coming to an end, as Electronic Arts opens the game up to everybody.

Battlefield 2042’s beta is currently available for pre-order customers and EA Play subscribers.

If you haven’t pre-ordered the game and don’t subscribe to EA Play, you can start playing the Battlefield 2042 beta on October 8.

The Battlefield 2042 open beta has an 8am BST start time on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One and PC.

Unfortunately, the beta ends on October 9, although there’s always a chance it will be extended.

With the beta only scheduled to run for a single day, it’s worth downloading Battlefield 2042 early, so as not to miss out.

Fans can pre-load the Battlefield 2042 beta by visiting the PlayStation Store Page, the Xbox Store, and the EA Origin website.

One thing worth noting if you’re an Xbox user is that a Gold is required in order to access and play the beta.

It’s better news on PS5 and PS4, where PlayStation Plus isn’t required in order to play.

In terms of content, the Battlefield 2042 beta lets fans explore a giant map in Conquest mode.

The huge sandbox mode supports 128 players on Xbox Series X/S, PS5 and PC.

Electronic Arts explains more: “Battlefield’s massive, iconic sandbox mode returns – this time supporting 128 players on Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, and PC.

“The maps have been specifically designed for this vast scale, with action divided into ‘clusters’ of various kinds. Also, the action now centres around sectors consisting of several flags instead of individual control points.”

Fans can experience the epic game mode on the Orbital map, which takes place on the site of a rocket launch.

“It’s a race against time and hostile conditions as you fight around the site of an imminent rocket launch. Watch out for both enemy fire and upcoming storms on this dynamic map.”

With the open beta proving incredibly popular, EA has warned players to expect one or two server issues.

In a recent blog post, the company claims to have scaled up the server capacity in different parts of the world.

“While we’ve solved some early capacity issues, we know a smaller number of players are still having some server issues.

“If you’re an EA Play subscriber, we’ve been able to get the majority of you into the game. We’re also aware that there is a small percentage of players still having issues.”

Express Online will continue to monitor the situation, so stay tuned for server updates and additional news.


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