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Battlefield 2042: Which Edition to Buy?

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The Battlefield 2042 release date is confirmed and pre-orders have begun. You’ll want to pick the right Battlefield 2042 edition for your interest level and budget and this guide will help you do that.

After a lengthy wait, EA has finally announced the new entry in the long-running Battlefield series. Battlefield 2042 is official and it’s coming to consoles and Windows PC in November. The game is headed to Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PS5, PS4, and Windows PC via Steam, Origin, and the Epic Games Store.

The Battlefield 2042 release date was initially slated for October 22nd, but has since been delayed until November 19th. It should hold as the official release date.

There are currently three Battlefield 2042 editions: a standard version, a Gold Edition, and an Ultimate Edition. Each comes with a different set of bonuses.

If you decide to pre-order Battlefield 2042, you’ll want to pick the correct edition for your interest level and budget. Each has its pros and cons and in this guide we’ll walk you through each edition and we’ll also tell you about the key differences between a physical and digital copy of the game.

Battlefield 2042 Standard Edition

The Battlefield 2042 standard edition is the most basic version of the game. For $59.99, or $69.99 if you order a copy for PS5 or Xbox Series X, you get a copy of the game and some bonuses if you order before the game’s release in November.

The Battlefield 2042 pre-order bonuses (which apply to all of these editions) include a Baku ACB-90 Epic Melee Takedown Knife, a Mr. Chompy Epic Weapon Charm, a Landfall Player Card background, and an Old Guard tag.

Pre-ordering a copy of the game also nets you Irish’s exclusive Battle Hardened legendary skin. The Battle Hardened skin is the same outfit he wears in the short Battlefield film, Exodus.

There aren’t a ton of Battlefield 2042 deals out there right now though EA Play subscribers can knock a bit off the price of a pre-order.

Best Buy is giving My Best Buy members who pre-order a free steelbook case. Signing up for My Best Buy is free.

The Battlefield 2042 Standard Edition is also bundled for free with GeForce RTX 3090, 3080 Ti, 3080, 3070 Ti and 3070 graphics cards through INNO3D and other NVIDIA partners. The bundle nets you the same pre-order bonuses.

You can also snag a copy of the game for Windows PC if you pickup an SSD from Western Digital. The game comes packaged with the company’s WD_BLACK SN750 SSD. It also includes the pre-order bonuses.

The standard edition is the most basic version of the game, but it’s also the cheapest version. It’s the edition most people should buy.

Who should buy the standard Battlefield 2042 edition?

  • Newcomers to the Battlefield series.
  • Those who don’t have a ton of time to play games.

You can pre-order it right now at various retailers like Amazon.

Battlefield 2042 Gold Edition

If you want bonus items, you might want to shell out a little more cash for the Battlefield 2042 Gold Edition.

In addition to the pre-order bonuses, the Battlefield 2042 Gold Edition comes with some extras including an early Battlefield 2042 release date. Yes, you’ll get to play the final version of the game a few days before the global November 19th release date.

The Battlefield 2042 Gold Edition also includes the following items:

  • Year 1 Pass: 4 New Specialists (1 per Season)
  • 4 Battle Passes (1 per Season)
  • 3 Epic Skin Bundles (Blistered, Tempest, and Cold Blood)
  • Cross-Gen Bundle

So who should opt for Battlefield 2042 Gold Edition?

  • People who know they are going to invest a ton of time in Battlefield 2042.
  • People that want new items delivered throughout their experience.
  • People who love customizing their characters.

You can pre-order it right now at various retailers like Microsoft.

Battlefield 2042 Ultimate Edition

And then there’s the Battlefield 2042 Ultimate Edition which is even more expensive than the Gold Edition.

The Battlefield 2042 Ultimate Edition nets you the pre-order bonuses, everything included in the Gold Edition including the early release date, and some additional items. These include:

  • Midnight Ultimate Bundle (Shadow Stalker Legendary Outfit, Obsidian” Legendary Weapon Skin, Onyx Legendary Vehicle Skin)
  • Official Digital Artbook
  • Exclusive Digital Soundtrack

It’s the most expensive bundle, but it delivers the most content. This bundle is aimed at hardcore Battlefield fans and those who want access to the most items from the get go.

You can pre-order it right now at various retailers like Microsoft.

Battlefield 2042: Digital vs. Physical

Battlefield 2042, like most games, comes in physical and digital formats. Here are a few things to consider before you pick one or the other.

If you’re sick of discs cluttering up your house, you should go with a digital version. You’ll also want to go digital if discs sometimes go missing or get damaged in your home.

If you play a lot of different games and don’t want to pull the disc out every time you want to play, go digital. Downloading a digital copy means you’ll have easy access to the game every time you start up your console.

If you want to play the game ASAP in November, purchase a digital copy. You can pre-load the game ahead of its release date which lets you to start playing the second it goes live on your platform of choice.

There are also a few reasons to go with a physical copy of Battlefield 2042.

If you buy a physical copy you’ll be able to sell it to GameStop or a reseller like Craigslist or eBay if you get tired of it down the road.

You’ll also be able to lend your copy out to friends or family members when you decide to move onto another game.

3 Reasons to Pre-Order Battlefield 2042 & 4 Reasons to Wait

Pre-Order Battlefield 2042 for These Bonuses

Pre-Order Battlefield 2042 for These Bonuses

If you pre-order a copy of Battlefield 2042 for console or Windows PC, you'll get some nice bonuses with your order.

The Battlefield 2042 pre-order bonuses, which apply to all of three versions of the game, include:

  • Baku ACB-90 Epic Melee Takedown Knife
  • Mr. Chompy Epic Weapon Charm
  • Landfall Player Card background
  • Old Guard tag

Pre-ordering a copy of Battlefield 2042 also nets you Irish's exclusive Battle Hardened legendary skin. The Battle Hardened skin is the same outfit he wears in the short Battlefield film, Exodus.

If any of these sound interesting to you, think about putting in a Battlefield 2042 pre-order.

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