Battlefield 2042 beta – start and end date, and how to join

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Battlefield 2042 is on the way later this year, with a planned release date of November 19. The good news for fans of the series is that a beta is also planned, so you can jump in a little earlier than that. According to the FAQ on the EA website, there are indeed plans to host an open Beta.

The open beta will run from October 6 to October 9. Players will be able to preload the Beta on October 5. Players who have pre-ordered the game will be able to install the beta on October 5 and begin to play on October 6 at 07:00 UTC. This will also apply to players who have an EA Play subscription.

A closed alpha test will be taking place, consisting of just a few thousand players. This particular event will be invite-only, and will most likely be limited to influences, journalists, and similar folk to marry testing with promotion, the way EA likes to do sometimes.

While the beta in October will be an open beta, players will be able to get early access to it by pre-order the game on their preferred platform.

Battlefield 2042 is shaping up to be one of the biggest titles in the series to date, launching with multiple modes, maps, and all the weapons you would expect from a Battlefield title. The beta itself will feature the Conquest mode on the Orbital map, a map that was heavily featured in the trailers.