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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Battlefield 2042 (2021) is a shooting game in the Battlefield series. This version of the game focuses just on multiplayer and doesn't have a single-player campaign. It's set in a near future with weapons and gadgets like deployable turrets and drones along with drivable vehicles.

Play is like other first-person shooting games, where you aim to shoot opponents in vulnerable parts of their body to kill them. This year, players can request a vehicle to be dropped to them in any location. There's a new weapon system that enables you to customize attachments while you play.

You play a specialist of one of the classes: Assault, Engineer, Medic and Recon. Each can use all the weapons you have unlocked but have their own unique skills and gadgets: Wingsuit, Healing Pistols and the like. There are 10 characters (specialists) and 7 maps to start with, although more will be added over time.

Destructive environments and extreme weather add some variety to play, both in terms of the aesthetic and things like tornadoes and sandstorms which can lift players off the ground and kill them.

There is a player-driven customisation mode called Battlefield Portal where players create bespoke multiplayer modes they enjoy, mixing and matchings modes, maps and equipment from the previous games. This will also enable players to modify core gameplay elements such as health, weapon loadouts, and movement through a web-based scripting application. Although this is not a full-on game creator, this ability to create these customised experiences comes close.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Battlefield 2042 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Ben Kendall and updated 6 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Shooting game with Traversal elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 128-player online game. The PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X and Series S versions support 128 players, whereas the PS4 and Xbox One versions only support 64 players.

Cross-Platform: For the first time in a Battlefield game you can play against people on other platforms, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5 and PC. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are not cross-platform.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 5 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Bad Language, Violence.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need a good sense of direction, quick wits and fast reactions. Understanding how best to achieve the missions also helps, as does having the resilience to not mind when you lose and keep pushing ahead even if you are behind.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.


Battlefield 2042 usually costs £17.99 to £109.99.

Battlefield 2042

XBox Store Xbox X|S £69.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store Xbox One £69.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

PlayStation Store PS5 £20.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £59.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £20.99
Steam Store PC £49.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

Battlefield 2042 Gold Edition

XBox Store Xbox One £89.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £89.99

Battlefield 2042 PS4

PlayStation Store PS4 £17.99

Battlefield 2042 Ultimate Edition

XBox Store Xbox One £109.99
PlayStation Store PS5 £109.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £109.99

Battlefield 2042 Xbox One

XBox Store Xbox One £59.99

Battlefield 2042 PS5

PlayStation Store PS4 Free Free

PS Plus Essential

PlayStation Store PS5 Free Free

PS Plus Essential

There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • In-Game Pass: Purchase a season/battle pass to gain access to limited in-game purchases, reward items and other aspects of the game.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 19/11/2021

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1 (128 online)

Genres: Action, Shooting and Traversal

Accessibility: 27 features

Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person, Open World and Weather

Developer: EA Dice (@EA_Dice)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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