Evidence is mounting that a Battlefield 2042 playtest will be starting on September 28. It’s been reported that registered playtesters (known as the EA Playtesting Community) have been surveyed about participating for one-hour gameplay sessions from September 28 – 30. Often these kinds of sessions – possibly for the benefit of select media outlets – are a prelude to an open beta. The so-called BF2042 playtest, if confirmed, could mean that a Battlefield 2042 open beta could start as early as September 30 or October 1.
EA have not confirmed or denied any forthcoming Battlefield 2042 beta or playtest, but the information comes less than a week after it was widely leaked – and subsequently confirmed – that the Battlefield 2042 release date was being delayed six weeks from its original October 11 release, to November 18.
Hazard Zone delay?
In related almost-news, we’re also reading speculation that Hazard Zone, the free-to-play aspect of Battlefield 2042 (it’s equivalent of Warzone, with a dash of Escape From Tarkov… kinda), might be delayed beyond the launch of the main game, as was the case with Battlefield V’s Firestorm release. If unfounded, it’s not unreasonable to assume that the not inconsiderable efforts on Hazard Zone might have contributed to BF2042 delayed release.
As always, we’ll have more information on the reported BF2042 playtest, subsequent beta, or any feature delays – confirmed or otherwise – as soon as possible. Stay tuned!