The headline feature of Battlefield 2042 is that up to 128 players will now be able to join the same match and duke it out across huge maps… but this isn’t true of all platforms.
Battlefield 2042 will release on 22nd October across PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, but for 128-player matches, you will have to be playing on PS5, Xbox Series X|S or PC. PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game will be limited to 64-players and will have smaller maps to suit.
This is a similar situation to the last Battlefield game that bridged a generational divide. Battlefield 4 brought 64-player matches to console, but was only able to do so for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, while the game on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 was limited to 24-player maximums.
However, it’s worth noting that Battlefield 2042 will not be 128-players across the board. DICE has today revealed the Conquest and Breakthrough game modes that will feature in the All-Out Warfare part of the game. There’s sure to be other also Hazard Zone and an unnamed experience that is being developed by DICE LA. It’s almost certain that there will be a range of different game mode sizes.
This does leave one big question, which is whether or not we’ll see any kind of cross-generational multiplayer. If there’s a 32-player game mode, then in theory all systems would be able to join the same matchmaking system and server browsers. That’s also before we consider the possibility of cross-play between platforms and cross-progression.
We do know that DICE have now created AI bots for this new game, that enable them to offer single player and co-op against AI through the All-Out Warfare modes, as well as compensating for times when a server is not close to being filled with players.
For more on Battlefield 2042, head here to the announcement post with everything you need to know about the game.
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