A buffet of Battlefield games – it’s tastier than it sounds, we promise. Last night’s EA Play broadcast had plenty of exciting announcements, but by far the biggest news came during a showcase of Battlefield 2042’s enormous new feature: Battlefield Portal. Bringing elements from the entire series history into on game is a daunting prospect, but here’s everything Battlefield Portal is bringing to 2042.
What is Battlefield Portal?
In its purest essence, Battlefield Portal is a custom game mode creator. Accessed via a web tool, Battlefield Portal allows you to create, share, and play custom game modes within Battlefield 2042. 128-play knife duels or rocket-launcher-packed Little Birds? It’s your choice.
The exciting part is that you won’t just have the latest game’s weapons, soldiers, and vehicles to play with. Battlefield Portal brings in weapons, classes, vehicles, and from multiple games in the series as well. So yes, you can create game modes in which an armored battalion of WW2 Nazis faces off against futuristic military mechs. Created a mode you love? Invite your friend to play or open it up to the public for online bouts.
So how does it work?
Battlefield 2042 will offer a Battlefield Portal server browser allowing you to join custom game modes created by other players, or host your own for friends or anyone to hop into if you don’t password protect it. The server for your game mode will stay up so long as players are using it.
To create modes, you’ll need to make use of a web tool to adjust modifiers including map rotations, weapons, team sizes, vehicles, and balancing factors like movement speed. Once you’re happy with the design, you can even share a code to allow others to easily create games with the same exact settings.
Along with the simple rules, you can also create more complicated logic events where, for example, one side capturing a certain point could see the entire team swapped to a new weapon, or a single player marked as a VIP and boosted to incredible power.
Dice plans to feature a selection of official Battlefield Portal modes for players to join, as well as highlighting community-made designs that players enjoy. These will be added to a matchmaking list, making it easier to get games on them.
Which games are included in Battlefield Portal?
Battlefield Portal will include classes, weapons, vehicles, and yes, even maps from Battlefield 1942, Battlefield Bad Company 2, and Battlefield 3. That’s alongside the content from Battlefield 2042’s core modes, of course. And if Battlefield Portal proves popular, it’s a good bet that Dice will be looking to bring content from more games into the mix. Strike at Karkand, anyone?
Battlefield Portal maps
Here’s the full list of maps confirmed for Battlefield 2042:
- All seven of Battlefield 2042’s maps
- Battle of the Bulge (BF 1942)
- El Alamein (BF 1942)
- Arica Harbor (BF Bad Company 2)
- Valparaiso (BF Bad Company 2)
- Caspian Border (BF 3)
- Noshahr Canals (BF 3
Dice has aimed to keep the maps faithful to the originals, but due to increased player sizes (they’ll all support a max of 128 on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S) and a brand new engine, all of the old maps have been updated.
Battlefield Portal vehicles
We don’t know the exact list of vehicles players will be able to toy with in Battlefield Portal, but there will be more than 40. Dice has let out details on a few of them, which we’ve included below:
- Panzer, Sherman, and Tiger tanks
- Spitfires, Stukas, B-17 aircraft
- Stationary guns
Battlefield Bad Company 2
- M1 Abrams and M3A3 Bradley tanks
- Humvees and quad bikes
- UAV-1 unmanned helicopter
- Several tanks
- Several light vehicles (expect jeeps and buggies)
- F/A-18 jets and AH-64 Apache helicopters
- EOD Bots
Battlefield Portal weapons
Again, we don’t have a complete list of the weapons included from each game. More than 40 will be available in total, along with gadgets, grenades, and tools. Dice has let slip or shown off the following so far:
- Walther 38
- M1 Garand
- STG 44
Battlefield Bad Company 2
- M93R Burst
- MP-412 REX
- Type 88
Can you play with Battlefield Portal with bots?
Yes. Dice has confirmed that any Battlefield Portal modes will support bots, so it should be easy to set some creative modes for you and your friends to play. The prospect of teaming up with mates in a selection of tanks to take on hordes of grenade-wielding foot soldiers is a tempting one, and likely only the tip of the creative iceberg.
That’s everything we know about Battlefield Portal so far. It’ll release alongside Battlefield 2042 on October 22, 2021. The game will also includes one more new game mode called Hazard Zone – we’re still waiting for Dice to divulge the details of that one.