Calling Battlefield 2042 just large-scale would be an understatement, as EA revealed the massive project on June 9, and gave us something exceedingly chaotic to look forward to. In case you didn’t know, the trailer has featured a classic clip from Battlefield 3 called RendeZook, and fans simply love how the developer has looked out for them through this gesture.
According to the recent Battlefield Briefing blog post, it seems that cross-play is well on the developer’s mind and that “it’s a function [they’re] looking to build and test for Battlefield 2042.” This, however, does not confirm cross-platform multiplayer for the FPS but does indicate a strong likelihood.
Battlefield 2042 is set to feature real-time 128 vs 128 players, but only on next-gen consoles and PC, unfortunately. Players on the PS4 and Xbox One will have to do with the same 64-player limit.
On Battlefield’s blog, the developer has also stated that you won’t be able to opt-out of AI bots filling servers to balance the team, but if crossplay becomes a real thing in Battlefield 2042, many won’t have to put up with this, as the consoles of PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S, and PC together afford an immense player base.
An invite-only “Technical Playtest” is supposed to be held by EA to test how cross-platform multiplayer will shape up. The post reads, “We’ve made the decision to move the Technical Playtest to later this summer so we’ll have the opportunity to test the cross-play functionality.” We’re currently front and center in summer, so here’s hoping high that this feature isn’t left out from the Battlefield 2042 experience.
Another enticing benefit of full-fledged cross-play would be cross-progression and cross-commerce as well. The latter two refer to cases where if you buy the game for PC, all your statistics, and purchases will be toted to PlayStation or Xbox. Battlefield is out here trying to achieve what no other has done before.
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