EA Ripple Effect Studios has finally unveiled Battlefield 2042 , which finally gives fans the ability to create their own personalized Battlefield experiences.
The Battlefield portal will allow Battlefield 2042 players to create, discover and share their own custom Battlefield sandbox game experiences, featuring maps, vehicles, classes, weapons, teams and more from many Battlefield games from past and present, including Battlefield 2042, Battlefield 1942, Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 3 at their disposal.
You can't create your own map from scratch, but you can modify an existing franchise map with rules, items, and event triggers to create your own new experiences - whether it be a challenge a cooperative firefight ou a multiplayer match with wacky rules. For example, as the Battlefield Portal trailer shows, players could create a set of rules that allow one team to only have knives while the other has only defibrillators. The possibilities are vast.
Players will then be able to share these constructed experiences online, if they choose, allowing the Battlefield community to play their experiences. Players can explore other people's creations by jumping into matches created by the developer or by others in the community.
We recently attended a virtual preview of the Battlefield Portal and can safely say that this appears to be the "love letter" promised by EA to Battlefield fans .
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Let's get to the heart of the matter exactly what Battlefield Portal content allows players to use. As we said above Above, Battlefield Portal contains content from Battlefield 2042, Battlefield 1942, Bad Company 2, and Battlefield 3. This means players have classic fan-favorite maps to play with, with a total of 13 maps across the Battlefield franchise. available at launch.
So in addition to the seven maps introduced in Battlefield 2042, Battlefield Portal will also give players access to maps of the Caspian and the Noshahr canalsfrom Battlefield 3, the El Alamein map and the Battle of the Bulge maps from the 1942 battlefield, and the Arica Harbor and Valparaiso maps from Bad Company 2.
All of these maps have been redesigned and revamped to run in 4K at 60fps - with EA Ripple Effect Studios explaining that the latest technology has allowed it to “overcome the limits of the past.” Built in the latest Frostbite engine, these reimagined classic maps also allow 128 players on PS5 , Xbox Series X / S and PC (PS4 and Xbox One will still be limited to 64 players) - although players can choose to just keep the original player count on the new hardware if they prefer.
Giving an example the way these cards were imagined, the deveLoppeur explained how the Battle of the Bulge Map from Battlefield 1942 now has improved visuals and its short draw distance has been reduced to modern standards, while Valparaiso from Bad Company 2 now has low and high tide variations.
These maps can be used as a playing field to create a Battlefield experience, but players also have the option to access the "official experiences" of EA Ripple Studios which allow them to relive these battles and Iconic and reimagined deathmatch.
Create a Battlefield experience
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Perhaps what most gamers will be interested in, however, is how they can create their own Battlefield experience. Battlefield Portal will contain a web-based platform called Battlefield Builder, which can be accessed through the game on console or PC, where you can create your ideal experience using all of the content from these classic Battlefield games and Battlefield 2042.
The great thing about Battlefield Builder is that it can be as simple or complex as you want.doesn't have a step-by-step process that allows them to choose which cards they want to include in their experience (although you can't change the card itself), what type of game they want (with customization) available as an option), as well as options to choose which era of Battlefield they'll want each side to play, and which faction. So, for example, you can pit the US from Battlefield 2042 against the Russia from Battlefield 1942.
The era you choose for each side then allows that side to have access to everything. the content of that specific epoch. Unfortunately, you can't mix and match. So the Bad Company 2 side cannot access the Ranger robot dog from Battlefield 2042, for example. Players can then decide which weapons and vehicles they want each side to have access to, as well as more specific items such as attachments, items, and ammo types.that they can use, to name a few.
You can be pretty specific in these general customizations, choosing how many players you have on each team, the weighting of those teams against AI, projectile speed, etc. - and even more specific later - but the basics of creating an experiment seem fairly straightforward from what we've seen and leaves room for a lot of experimentation.
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Personalization gets a bit more complicated with the Logic Editor, a feature where things like the visual come into play. Players can create blocks to create very specific game modes and experiences from scratch, like rebuilding the health of players w hen they get a kill. This is a lot like modding, with players able to set conditions, variables, and actions as part of "subroutines ". Essentially, it allows for more granular customization for those who wish, allowing specific actions to occur when a condition (such as an event) istriggered. The developer has not detailed all the options offered with the logic editor. When asked about the maximum number of logical edit blocks that can be created, the developer simply said "we haven't hit the limit yet ".
EA Ripple describes this as a functionality for advanced builders and reassured us. that he planned to publish Wikipedia-style guides to help gamers familiarize themselves with this complicated editing tool - at first glance, but also explained that they are hoping the community will "learn from each other ". Considering how players have created additional guides and challenges in Minecraft, Mario Maker, and others, this isn't too far-fetched an ambition.
And the looks Community here is an important part of the Battlefield Portal multiplayer experience. Once players have finished creating their experience, they can choose to partamanage with the community, allowing others to try it out and offer feedback - which you can accept or ignore. The Battlefield portal landing page will also feature a rotating selection of the most popular experiences, allowing you to try out the experiences of others - with a "robust tagging system " allowing you to find specific types of experiences. .
However, if you'd prefer to keep your experience private, you can choose to only share it with certain friends - with admin controls allowing you to message, send, and edit. 'expel and ban players. You can also play alone, if you wish, as the minimum number of players is one - although you will likely need an AI to complete the rest.
All content Battlefield 2042 All-Out War is available in this builder, including the ability to summon vehicles on commande, with new content to add as it is deployed. It's also worth noting that thanks to a global progression system, players will continue to gain experience playing matches on the Battlefield portal.
A love letter to Battlefield fans
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EA Ripple Effect is clear: Battlefield Portal is meant to be fun rather than competitive. So the developer hasn't made an effort to balance these experiments, as the goal is to leave the balancing in the hands of the creators - although you can use a setting of "historical tuning " to improve older weapons. Ripple Effect senior game designer Rob Donovon describes Battlefield Portal as "the backbone of a world of games that aren't necessarily team-based ". em> own Battlefield 2042 buildable in Battlefield Portal, with the web platform available for anyone to create experiences inside - although you can't play your creation. But EA Ripple Effect described it as "putting on a life jacket.vetage but don't go into the water ".
The Battlefield portal will be included with Battlefield 2042 at no additional cost, available with All-Out Warfare and Hazard Zone Multiplayer Experiences when the game launches on October 22, 2021. We currently don't know much about the Danger Zone other than the fact that it will focus on tight team play.
EA Ripple Effect also confirmed during preview that the Battlefield 2042 Open Beta, originally slated for July, will begin in September instead, and those who pre-order the game will be offered early access.
We've got can't wait to get your hands on Battlefield 2042 to try out the endless possibilities of the Battlefield portal. After all, we've always wondered who would win in a fierce battle between the US and Russia ...