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Battlefield Mobile: Release date, Beta, gameplay, maps, weapons & setting

EA is bringing the Battlefield experience to mobile and tablet, here are all the big details such release date, gameplay, and Specialists.

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EA is finally bringing an exclusive Battlefield game to mobile and tablets, so get all the latest information on DICE’s Battlefield Mobile: including its release date, and crucial details such as setting, weapons, and gameplay features.

For years Battlefield has reigned on consoles and PCs, delivering one rich, compelling war experience after another. From the acclaimed Bad Company series to the epic Battlefield 2142, EA’s premiere first-person shooter franchise has been the king of large-scale gunplay.

But now, players will be able to enjoy the same authentic feeling in the palms of their hands thanks to Battlefield Mobile. The game has now appeared on the Google Play Store, meaning we have tons of new information about it.

Here’s everything we know about Battlefield Mobile on tablets and phones.

Battlefield Mobile release date

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The game’s official press release indicated that DICE is “developing a completely new Battlefield game bringing all-out warfare to smartphones and tablets in 2022.”

The fact that it’s now on the Google Play Store is a good sign and means that the game is closer to its beta testing.

Unless the game’s development is disrupted in some way, we would expect the completed version of Battlefield Mobile sometime in 2022.

Battlefield Mobile gameplay

The first Battlefield Mobile playtest has officially gone live in Indonesia and the Phillipines, giving fans of the series their first opportunity to look at gameplay from Android phones.

At the moment, only the Grand Bazaar map is playable, with classic mode Conquest the only mode available to choose from.

EA have stated that more regions will be able to try out the game in the near future, stating: “Once the game becomes available in your region, you’ll be able to pre-register on your Google Play Store and be informed automatically when testing opens in your area.”

Battlefield Mobile Beta: Start date & sign-up details

An FAQ regarding the Battlefield Mobile Beta outlined EA’s plans for the game, including its Beta start date and who’d be able to play it.

They said: “We’ll be steadily rolling out Battlefield Mobile starting with a series of smaller playtests in Indonesia and the Philippines” and that “the first of these begins Autumn 2021, and will only be available on Android devices.”

As time goes on, they will widen the availability of the Beta, and EA says “you’ll be able to pre-register for it on your local Google Play Store page, and you’ll be informed automatically when the playtesting opens up in your area. Testing slots are limited, so those who pre-register aren’t guaranteed access to playtesting, but you will be notified of later releases.”

Battlefield Mobile free-to-play

Also in the EA FAQ, they confirmed that Battlefield Mobile will be free-to-play, meaning that the only sort of things that would require payment are cosmetics

These are the optional purchases that users can choose between:

  • Battle Passes
  • Collectible cosmetics
  • Unlockables unique to Battlefield Mobile

Battlefield Mobile crossplay

EA has confirmed that Battlefield Mobile will not feature crossplay in any way shaper or form. The game is “being built specifically for mobile,” so it will only see the light of day on mobile.

Battlefield Mobile Specialists

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As with usual Battlefield games, Mobile seems like it will make use of the Specialist system, allowing players to spawn into a game with one of several different options.

Players will be able to select from the following Specialists:

  • Assault
  • Support
  • Medic
  • Recon

Each will have its own special traits and skills that differentiate them from one another. Depending on how the game you’re in is going, you might need to chop and change to adjust to the fight.

Battlefield Mobile weapons

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The game’s official description on the store says: “Find your personal play style and customize your soldier to maximize their capabilities. Weapons, gadgets, skins, and more can be personalized and upgraded to match your class and progress.

“War heroes with unique narratives prepare for battle, each with their own assignment. Learn their stories, immerse yourself in the war and stand out on the battlefield with the best customization to date.”

With Battlefield Mobile Mobile expected to be a live-service game, we expect that new weapons and skins will be continuously added similarly to CoD Mobile.

Thanks to the screenshots, we know some weapons that will be in Battlefield Mobile:

  • F2000
  • P226
  • SMAW
  • Frag Grenade

Battlefield Mobile vehicles

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With huge maps and locations, you need big, beastly vehicles that can help to turn the tide in a game of Battlefield.

Per the game’s bio, there will be opportunities to “commandeer an ATV” and use a “fully-armored tank.” Another line also states “Battle in land, sea, and air,” so expect the usual array of boats, planes, and helicopters to control as well.

Battlefield Mobile setting

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The much-lauded franchise has explored different reaches of human history with games set in different World Wars, the present day, and even way into the future.

DICE has indicated that Battlefield Mobile will be “A completely different game from the one we’re making for console and PC, designed specifically for the mobile platform.”

So whereas the new console version of Battlefield is rumored to be set during an alternate modern-day, it seems likely that Battlefield Mobile will venture off in a different direction. In terms of the game’s maps and content, the leaks say that it will contain “maps and modes both new and familiar.”


Once more official details about Battlefield Mobile reach us we’ll be sure to update this page and keep you up-to-date with all the happenings with the game.

Also, make sure you’re on top of DICE’s PS5 & Xbox Series X-only Battlefield game with all the latest on the next console and PC version of Battlefield.

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EA reportedly bans Battlefield 2042 players using RGB software

Battlefield 2042 players claim to have been unfairly banned, and a huge percentage of these players were reportedly using RGB software.

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A ton of Battlefield 2042 players claim to have been unfairly banned, and industry insider and journalist Tom Henderson has discovered that 90% of these players were reportedly running RGB software at the time.

Battlefield 2042 suffered a problematic launch, with dwindling player numbers and a reportedly “very disappointed” EA considering making the game free-to-play in some capacity. However, it appears that the problems don’t end there, as waves of Battlefield players claim to have been unfairly banned.

Industry insider Tom Henderson has been looking into this issue and discovered that 90% of these banned users were “running some form of RGB software.”

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Battlefield 2042 opted to run on Easy Anti-Cheat, the same anti-cheat provider as Apex Legends and Fortnite. While Battlefield 2042 has been relatively cheat-free, perhaps because the game’s performance issues are causing the cheats not to work, players are claiming to have been falsely banned.

After reporting that EA closed a help forum post after there were “163 pages of people trying to figure out why they were false-positive banned in Battlefield 2042,” Tom Henderson shared his findings from talking to over a hundred banned players.

His data revealed that 40% of banned players admitted to playing in Portal XP farms, 48% were running MSI Afterburner, and 90% were running some form of RGB software.

He clarified that the RGB programs “were primarily iCUE and Logitech G Hub,” and Easy Anti-Cheat has a history of falsely flagging RGB as cheat software.

40% of the banned players admitting to using Portal XP farms is interesting, although perhaps not enough to form a correlation. Portal’s servers were full of modes where players could farm low-HP bots for easy kills, and devs Ripple Effect were quick to place a cap on XP.

Henderson explained that although some could argue it was a breach of EA’s Terms of Service, XP farms could “arguably be considered a “feature” of Portal at the time, as DICE and Ripple Effect failed to realize this could be a problem at launch.”

Neither EA nor Easy Anti-Cheat has responded to these false-positive ban claims but we’ll let you know if there are any further updates.


You can also check out DICE’s Scoreboard redesign, which Battlefield 2042 players have been begging for.

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Will Battlefield 2042 go free-to-play?

Battlefield 2042 is rumored to go free-to-play after its disappointing launch, so here’s everything we know about EA’s plans.

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Almost all of 2022’s top shooters have a free-to-play element, and there are rumors that Battlefield 2042 will follow the trend after its disappointing launch. Here’s everything we know about Battlefield 2042 possibly going free-to-play.

It’s no secret that Battlefield 2042 suffered from a poor launch. Performance issues, wide-open maps, the Specialist system, and the bloom mechanic turned away players new and old. 

Battlefield 2042’s player count plummeted, being overtaken by both Battlefield 1 and Battlefield V. EA are reportedly “very disappointed” with its launch, so will Battlefield 2042 go free-to-play to bring in more players?

Will Battlefield 2042 go free-to-play?

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Known industry insider Tom Henderson said that EA were reportedly “very disappointed” with Battlefield 2042’s release and are considering making the game free-to-play “in some capacity.”

As Henderson stated in a follow-up video, it would be a “PR nightmare” if EA made a $70-100 game free-to-play. Instead, it sounds like there are early plans to make an element of Battlefield 2042 free. 

What Battlefield 2042 modes will become free?

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Tom Henderson believes that EA are looking at making Battlefield Portal the game’s free-to-play mode. 

Henderson spoke to two analysts who agree that Portal is the most likely free-to-play option for Battlefield 2042 because it’s EA’s only option. Portal takes content from previous games, letting players create their own modes and experiences. It’s often regarded as the best part of the game, so it would be the best hook to attract free-to-play players.

There were some rumors floating around that suggested the game’s Hazard Zone mode, which features gameplay loosely based on Hunt: Showdown and Escape from Tarkov, would be free-to-play. 

However, this wasn’t the case, and it doesn’t appear that it will ever happen. Sources known to Henderson have said that there are only a few hundred people playing Hazard Zone across all platforms, so it’s unlikely that Hazard Zone will be used as a free-to-play element to bring in new players. 

When would Battlefield 2042 go free-to-play?

There’s no way of knowing when Battlefield 2042 will receive its free-to-play element, but it’ll most likely be at the start of one of its seasons. 

While no release date has been confirmed, Season 1 is expected to begin in March. Battlefield V’s content seasons lasted a few months each, so we wouldn’t expect Season 2 until late Spring.  


For more Battlefield, you can check out the design for the Scoreboard which finally arrives in February.

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Battlefield 2042 dev apologizes & removes “slap in the face” Portal mode

Battlefield 2042 added a ‘bot farm’ mode to Portal’s featured experiences, and a dev apologized before removing it.

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Battlefield 2042 devs added a new zombies mode to Portal, but it quickly became clear that it could be used as an XP farm. Players called it a “slap in the face” and a Battlefield Portal dev has since apologized and the mode has been removed.

Battlefield Portal gives players an incredible amount of tools to create their own modes using assets from previous Battlefield games and 2042. After assuring players that it couldn’t be used to farm XP, the devs almost completely removed Portal XP after the browser was full of XP farms.

The devs made changes to Portal XP in January 20’s Update 3.2, increasing the XP cap for unofficial servers. Then, they released the Zombie Survival mode that acted exactly like an XP farm and quickly removed it following backlash.

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Battlefield 2042 players have been desperate for Portal XP to be reenabled after it was removed from custom modes to prevent XP farms. Developers Ripple Effect increased the Portal XP cap in the January 20 update, but it’s still not as much as players would like.

Then, later on January 20, the devs added the Zombie Survival mode which players called an “official bot farm.” In this mode, players would battle waves of AI enemies who would be extremely easy to kill, earning a ton of XP and Mastery rewards in the process.

Twitter user 235Nuke said the Zombie Survival mode is “a slap in the face to gaming communities and others whom [sic] want to run experiences in portal. This zombie mode is an official bot farm which is why XP was restricted in portal.”

This tweet prompted a response from Ripple Effect’s Senior Design Director Justin Wiebe, who apologized.

“I’m not going to lie, this one shouldn’t have gotten through our review process,” said Wiebe. “I think our desire to create a fun zombies mode clouded our ability to see such a simple thing like the impact it would have on progression. I’m very sorry for the hardship this has caused.”

More and more players had the same complaint as 235Nuke and the developers removed the mode on January 21, replacing it with Gun Master 2042.

DICE is committed to getting Battlefield 2042 back on track, revealing that the next major patch will be Update 3.3 in February.

Then, Season 1 is expected to launch in March bringing new content such as the Exposure map.

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