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Battlefield 2042

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Ripple Effect Studios
Release Date: Nov. 19, 2021

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'Battlefield 2042' Developers Reveal How They Will Promote Positive And Fair Play

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2021 @ 8:00 a.m. PDT

Battlefield 2042 is a groundbreaking first-person shooter set to revolutionize the modern multiplayer sandbox.

Powered by cutting-edge technology that pushes the capabilities of next generation hardware, the game drops players into a near-future, all-out-war experience that includes the franchise’s hallmark, game-changing destruction.

Featuring matches filled with up to 128 players and massive-scale maps on PS5, Xbox Series X|S and PCs (Xbox One and PS4 are capped at 64 players and reduced map sizes), this unprecedented scale adds a new dimension to multiplayer battles.

Battlefield 2042 also ups the action with the inclusion of real-time events that reshape the battlefield and tactical combat. All new weapons, vehicles and gadgets give players the freedom to be strategic and create jaw-dropping, only-in-Battlefield moments.

In Battlefield 2042, the world is on the brink. Shortages of food, energy and clean water have led to dozens of failed nations, creating the greatest refugee crisis in human history. Among these Non-Patriated, or No-Pats, are families, farmers, engineers - and even soldiers. Amidst this crisis, the United States and Russia draw the world into an all-out war. No-Pat Specialists join both sides, not fighting for a flag, but for the future of the Non-Patriated in this new world.

Players will jump into the boots of Specialists, an all-new type of playable soldier for the franchise. Inspired by the traditional four Battlefield classes, Specialists will be equipped with their own unique Specialist Trait and Specialty, and will have fully customizable loadouts. As a Specialist, players will have access to a cutting-edge arsenal of weapons, equipment and vehicles to use in battle. These powerful new tools give creative players a wealth of options as they find the perfect combination to fit their play style and outsmart and outgun opponents on the battlefield.

Battlefield’s Commitment to Positive Play

Our community is the core of Battlefield and we’re excited by how much it’s grown since we first released Battlefield 1942, nearly 20 years ago. With Battlefield 2042, we’re strengthening our commitment to ensuring Battlefield remains a welcoming experience that encourages Positive Play.

As part of this commitment, we wanted to update you on the initiatives that we’re developing to ensure our community remains a positive space.

The Battlefield community Charter

We want you to be proud of being a part of the Battlefield community – a globally inclusive and diverse community where any race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, heritage, or country of origin are welcome. 

For that reason we’ve created a Community Charter outlining our expectations for members of our community that join us on the Battlefield:

  • Treat Others as They Would Like to be Treated - Squad up and play the objective, together. We won’t tolerate players who negatively disrupt or engage in harmful behavior towards others.
  • Keep Things Fair - Be on the right side of the fight. If you see players breaking the rules, report them.
  • Share Appropriate Content - Don’t fight dirty. Make sure whatever content you’re sharing is appropriate for Battlefield players.
  • Keep Things Honorable - Protect your squad. Keep it legal in Battlefield, and do not participate or encourage in dangerous or illegal activities.

We take our commitment to Positive & Fair play seriously, and won’t tolerate bad actors on the Battlefield. As a community, we play the objective, together.

Positive Play

Positive Play is about ensuring you’re able to refine your social experience while playing Battlefield 2042. This comes in the form of several tools and features to help you define that experience for yourself.

  • You are able to block or unblock players in-game, ensuring they cannot message or voice chat with you.
  • An in-game text profanity filter will always be active.
  • The option to mute in-game text or chat is available. You can select to mute either individuals, or all players or chat.
  • You can report a player directly from in-game, so that you don’t need to tab-out.
  • Battlefield Portal will also offer players several admin tools such as the ability to apply persistent bans across Community Experiences that you’ve created.


We ask you to be on the right side of the fight when it comes to keeping things fair. If you see players breaking the rules, report them so we can investigate. It helps maintain a healthy community and we appreciate your help.

With Battlefield 2042, we’ve streamlined our reporting process to make it more efficient so you can report the player and get back to the game. To make sure you understand the different reporting tools that will be available to you, we’ve outlined them here:


Reporting a player is faster than in previous Battlefield titles, and can now be done directly in-game as follows:

  • From the Player and Squad List or Social Menu, select the player you wish to report
  • Select Report
  • Select the reason for your report
    • Abusive Text Chat, Abusive Voice Chat, Cheating/Exploiting, Gameplay Sabotage, Offensive Player Name, or Harassment
  • Select Send Report
    • You can add an optional comment if necessary

EA Help

If for any reason you can’t report in-game or need to report something that happened online, you can also give us the details on EA Help:

  • Click Contact Us from any page on EA Help.
    • We recommend logging in to your EA Account.
  • Select your Product.
  • Select your Platform.
  • For Topic, select Report concerns or harassment.
  • For Issue, choose from Real-life threat, Report player, or Report website.

From here, you’ll open a webform to let us know more about what happened.

Xbox and PlayStation

If another player has sent you harassing messages in a chat or voice on Xbox or PlayStation®, you can report them directly to PlayStation and Xbox. Find out how to do that on their websites:

So you reported a cheater, what happens next? 

You told us it was unclear what happens next when you report a cheater. So we’ve made a few changes for Battlefield 2042 to ensure you’re kept in the loop once you’ve submitted your report:

  • If you report a cheater, we’ll let you know in-game that we’ve received your report. 
  • If we’ve taken action based on that report, we’ll let you know via email that action was taken on the cheater.

Fair Play

Ensuring Fair Play for anyone that steps onto the Battlefield is something we take seriously at DICE. In short, that means we don’t tolerate cheating, and we have teams dedicated to preventing, identifying, and sanctioning cheaters.

In Battlefield 2042 our first approach to ensuring Fair Play is that we’ll use Easy-Anti Cheat (EAC) as our anti-cheat tool of choice. EAC already has a proven track record in identifying  cheaters, such as within Apex Legends and STAR WARS: Squadrons. It is also proven to be effective in ensuring your privacy, and security.

Another change for Battlefield 2042 is that due to cross-play functionality, when a cheater is sanctioned it will cause them to be instantly disconnected mid-match and permanently banned across all platforms. As before, we still have the ability to apply IP and hardware bans if necessary. To keep our community a fair place, we have a no tolerance rule in place. There are no warnings and no suspensions when it comes to cheating. If you don’t play by the rules, you’re out. Any actions made on your account can be appealed via EA Help.

Lastly, ensuring Fair Play and combating modern cheating solutions is an ongoing commitment that doesn’t end at launch. While not always visible to you as a player, this means that post launch we’ll continue to invest in developing internal capabilities and technologies that augment 3rd party anti-cheat solutions, provide multiple layers of defense, and ensure our games are fair and fun for everyone.

Easy Anti-Cheat will be in place for both the Open Beta from October 6th to October 10th, and for the full release of Battlefield 2042 this November.

Console - Mouse & Keyboard Support 

We’ve heard your questions about mouse and keyboard support for consoles. We can confirm that we won’t be supporting this on consoles at the launch of Battlefield 2042, but we are still investigating the various options about making that available, and how it may impact cross-play. If that ever changes, you’ll hear it from us first.

Lastly, we’d like to reiterate that Positive Play is an ongoing commitment which we’ll continue to work on when Battlefield 2042 launches on November 19. If you have any further feedback, we’d love to hear from you.

Stay safe, No-Pats.

Battlefield 2042 includes 3 distinct multiplayer experiences:

  • All-Out Warfare - the next generation of fan-favorite modes Conquest and Breakthrough, featuring the largest maps ever for the franchise and for the first time, up to 128 players (on XSX, PS5 and PC). Experience the intensity of All-Out Warfare in large-scale battles like never before on maps filled with dynamic weather, dangerous environmental hazards and spectacular world events that see tornadoes rip across the map and sandstorms block out the sun.
  • Hazard Zone - an all-new, high-stakes, squad-based game-type for the Battlefield franchise that is a modern take on the multiplayer experience that is distinctly DICE but very different from All-Out Warfare’s Conquest or Breakthrough modes.
  • Portal Mode - A first for the Battlefield franchise, Battlefield Portal is a community-driven platform designed to offer a huge variety of imaginative experiences by giving players the tools to set their own rules and build their own definitive Battlefield experience - and share them with other people.

All Out Warfare launches with seven maps total. Let’s take a quick tour of those:

  • Kaleidoscope [Sogdo, South Korea] This cityscape features dense roadways and skyscrapers that can be explored, or if you’ve a wingsuit, leapt off. It’s here that a tornado that dwarves the glittering buildings will make its presence known.
  • Manifest [Brani Island, Singapore] Supply lines are under threat in this key location for global trade.
  • Orbital [Kourou, French Guiana] Players will battle in the shadow of a towering space rocket pad that’s counting down to an imminent launch. 
  • Discarded [Alang, India] Clash around, through and on top of massive ship hulks and the surrounding cranes.
  • Renewal [Eastern Desert, Egypt] Wrestle for control of an agriculture technology centre in the Egyptian Desert.
  • Hourglass [Doha, Qatar] An approaching sandstorm will shift the tide of war taking place at the heart of a city.
  • Breakaway [Queen Maud Land, Antarctica] From hot deserts to icy landscapes: oil and gas are the key resources being fought over here. Insert on the mountaintops with a wingsuit and you can dive into industrial buildings below.

Post launch, Battlefield 2042’s first year promises four seasons of content, bringing with them four new Specialists plus new locations. Each season is marked by a new Battle Pass. EA confirms that new locations will be accessible to all players.

Available now for pre-order, players will receive early access to the Open Beta and have three different editions to choose from, including the Battlefield 2042 Gold Edition for $89.99 on PC and $99.99 on console, or the Battlefield 2042 Ultimate Edition for $109.99 on PC or $119.99 on console.

Battlefield 2042 is coming to retail and digital storefronts for Xbox One, PS4 and PC ($59.99) and for Xbox Series X|S and PS5 ($69.99) on November 19, 2021.

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