In a short interview with a BF 2142 fansite, DICE revealed that in order to learn about large scale issues, i.e. when 10 000’s of people playing at the same time, it plans to have a Battlefield 2142 open beta hoping to eliminate some of the problems EA encountered after previous launches. A regular demo will also be released shortly prior to the official retail launch.
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EA Plans 'Battlefield 2142' Open Beta and Demo
by Rainier on June 9, 2006 @ 2:23 p.m. PDT
Battlefield 2142 is set in the future, the world is plagued by a second Ice Age, and wars have broken out over the remaining territories. Mech Warrior-meets-Battlefield 2 is the best way to describe it, and it is scheduled for "Fall 2006."