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Posted: 8 days ago.

Author: Jo Robertson.


Battlefield 2042 is a shooting game in the Battlefield series. This version of the game focuses just on multiplayer and doesn't have a single-player campaign. It's set in a near future with weapons and gadgets like deployable turrets and drones along with drivable vehicles.

Play is like other first-person shooting games, where you aim to shoot opponents in vulnerable parts of their body to kill them. This year, players can request a vehicle to be dropped to them in any location. There's a new weapon system that enables you to customize attachments while you play.

You play a specialist of one of the classes: Assault, Engineer, Medic and Recon. Each can use all the weapons you have unlocked but have their own unique skills and gadgets: Wingsuit, Healing Pistols and the like. There are 10 characters (specialists) and 7 maps to start with, although more will be added over time.

Destructive environments and extreme weather add some variety to play, both in terms of the aesthetic and things like tornadoes and sandstorms which can lift players off the ground and kill them.

There is a player-driven customisation mode called Battlefield Portal where players create bespoke multiplayer modes they enjoy. This will also enable players to modify core gameplay elements such as health, weapon loadouts, and movement through a web-based scripting application. Although this is not a full-on game creator, this ability to create these customised experiences comes close.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 19/11/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Creative, Open World and Shooting

Developer: @EA_Dice


Players: You can play this with 128 players online. The PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X and Series S versions support 128 players, whereas the PS4 and Xbox One versions only support 64 players.

Cross-Play: For the first time in a Battlefield game you can play against people on other platforms, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5 and PC. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are not cross platform.


Battlefield 2042 usually costs £59.99 to £109.99.

Battlefield 2042

XBox Store Xbox One £59.99
XBox Store Xbox One £69.99
PlayStation Store PS5 £69.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £59.99

Battlefield 2042 Gold Edition

XBox Store Xbox One £89.99
PlayStation Store PS5 £89.99

Battlefield 2042 Ultimate Edition

XBox Store Xbox One £109.99
PlayStation Store PS5 £109.99
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. This includes a regular subscription fee (known as a 'battle/season pass') to unlock access to reward items and other aspects of the game.  

You will need PlayStation Plus (must be 18 to subscribe, then create sub-accounts for younger players who need be set as 13 or older) to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.
You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to subscribe, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.

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Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Bad Language, Violence.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Battlefield 2042 Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@EA_Dice) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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