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Battlefield 2042 beta: Release date, start time, download size, more

Following the game’s delay last month, all systems go for the Battlefield 2042 beta, which will start this week.
The Battlefield 2042 beta was intended to go live last month; however, when developer DICE opted to push back the game’s release date by a month, so were the proposed plans for the open beta. Players won’t have to wait too long as the open beta is scheduled for later this week.

Those who have jumped the queue through pre-orders will jump into action two days early as DICE has detailed what players can look forward to in both tests. We have provided a detailed article providing everything you need to know about the Battlefield 2042 early access and open beta from start times, platform availability, content and more.

Battlefield 2042 beta: Start and end times

Battlefield 2042 beta: Date, start time, download size, more
The start and end times for the Battlefield 2042 beta. (Picture: DICE)

The Battlefield 2042 early access period will commence on 6th October at 7 am UTC / 8 am BST which will run for 24 hours ending on 7th October for those who pre-ordered the game or current EA Play subscribers.

Likewise, the game’s open beta will also start on 8 October at 7 am UTC / 8 am BST which will also run for 24 hours, ending on 9 October.

The preload will start on 5 October at 7 am UTC / 8 am BST, with the beta coming to an end on 10 October at 7 am UTC / 8 am BST.

Battlefield 2042 beta: Available content

The Battlefield 2024 will feature an “All-Out Warfare” in the Conquest mode available supporting battles of up to 128 players competing in teams of two 64 squads on Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5 and PC. However, the team size will be reduced by half for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, supporting two teams of 32 players a side, meaning the beta will not support cross-gen play.

Set in Kourou, French Guiana, the Orbital map will see players in a hostile race against time as players will battle on site of an imminent rocket launch. With massive storms to combat with, the dynamic map is designed to support varying playstyles thanks to the game’s unique design.

Some of the map’s key features include:

  • Traversal by air due to the map’s vertical design

  • Inclusion of aircrafts and high capture points for players to parachute on

  • Lightning strikes on the map when bad weather descends

  • Players can use helicopters and rockets to capture areas on the map

Battlefield 2042 beta: Date, start time, download size, more
Traverse across the Orbital to capture points and eliminate your targets. (Picture: DICE)

Four Specialists will be made available during both the early access and open beta, each with their own unique skill sets, weaponry and character traits.

  • Webster Mackay: A former member of the Joint Task Force 2, the Canadian Assault soldier can rappel himself around the map with his trusted Grappling Hook

  • Maria Falck: Searching for her missing son, Maria is a veteran Medic aiding support to players in trying times

  • Pyotr “Boris” Guskovsky: This Russian engineer brings defensive tactics and experienced weapons knowledge to the battlefield

  • Wikus “Casper” Van Daele: An ex-intelligence operative from South Africa, Wikus is the game’s sniper specialist and camouflage expert

Battlefield 2024 beta: PC requirements

According to the official Battlefield website, the developer has outlined the minimum requirements for PC players during the open beta period.

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 or Intel Core i5 6600K

  • Memory: 8GB

  • Video Memory: 4GB

  • Graphics card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

  • Graphics card: AMD Radeon RX 560

  • Hard-drive space: 100GB

How to play Battlefield 2042

Battlefield 2042 beta: Date, start time, download size, more
The minimum and recommended PC specs. (Picture: DICE)

The Battlefield 2042 early access will be available to those who have pre-ordered the game or have been provided with a game code or is an EA Play subscriber. Battlefield 2042 will arrive on PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC on 19th November.

Don’t forget to check out our dedicated Battlefield section for all the news, updates, guides and more.

Featured image courtesy of DICE.