When EA and DICE unveiled Battlefield 2042 in June, they had to deal with a flurry of leaks and botched surprises, but were able to keep details about the game’s third and final mode under wraps.
However, the secret was revealed. Battlefield Portal is the third mode in Battlefield 2042, and it’s all about community interaction and user-created levels.
Battlefield Portal includes all seven All-Out Warfare Mode maps from 2042, plus six classic environments from previous Battlefield titles. The classic maps are Battle of the Bulge and El Alamein from Battlefield 1942, Arica Harbor and Valparaiso from Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Caspian Border and Noshahr Canals from Battlefield 3.
The mode features pre-programmed and reinvented experiences from those previous titles, including team conquest, race and death battle. All maps, including the classics, will support up to 128 player matches on PC, Xbox series consoles and PlayStation 5. As with Battlefield 2042’s main All-Out Warfare mode, matches on older generation hardware will be limited to 64 players.
This is where it gets personalized. Along with the updated old-school playgrounds, Battlefield Portal includes 40+ weapons, 40+ vehicles and 30+ gadgets from three theaters of war, plus all the related content from Battlefield 2042. That means the M1 is back. Garand, Panzerschreck, B17 Bomber, Spitfire, Defibrillator and other fan favorite tools.
Factions are also returning to Battlefield Portal. In addition to the experts from Battlefield 2042, the mode features seven armies from classic games, including the UK, US and Germany of 1942, and the US and Russia of Bad Company 2. Battlefield Portal also supports classic archetypes from soldiers like Battlefield 3 assault, recon, support and engineer roles.
All of this culminates in the Builder tool in Battlefield Portal. In Builder, players can create their own games and share them with the community, tweaking a number of settings, including the game logic itself. Players will have control over maps and modes in their custom games, including features such as available factions, weapons and equipment; the ability to toggle down or lean; the size of the battle and the conditions for victory.
Players won’t be able to edit any of the actual maps, but overall, the Portal has an extremely rich customization mode. All progress in Battlefield Portal is shared across consoles, as are the main game stats.
Battlefield 2042 – including Battlefield Portal – is due for release on October 22nd.