If you’re thinking about buying a copy of Battlefield 2042 there are some things you should do before the game arrives later on this year.
EA and DICE have confirmed the next Battlefield game and Battlefield 2042 is heading to PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Windows PC in November.
It’s one of the most anticipated games of the year and you can buy it right now if you so desire. Retailers are currently taking Battlefield 2042 pre-orders ahead of its release in the fall.
There are three versions of Battlefield 2042 on sale. There’s a standard edition, a Gold edition, and an expensive Ultimate Edition that comes with a bunch of extras.
- Decide If You Want to Pre-Order
- Buy the Right Battlefield 2042 Edition
- Keep Tabs on Your Order
- Upgrade Your Console
- Buy a Hard Drive
- Look for Battlefield 2042 Deals
- Follow Battlefield
- Try the Battlefield 2042 Beta
- Battlefield 2042 Pre-Load
- Try Other Battlefield Games
With pre-orders live and the Battlefield 2042 release date confirmed, you’ll want to start prepping for its arrival. This guide we’ll take you through a few things that will help prospective buyers and those who pre-order.
Decide If You Want to Pre-Order
While you might be tempted to buy Battlefield 2042 right now, there are actually some legit reasons to put your wallet away and wait.
We’ve released a guide that will take you through the best reasons to, and not to, pre-order a copy right now. It’s worth a look if you’re currently on the fence.
Go through our guide, and others if you need to, and decide if the game is worth the investment. Remember, most retailers allow you to cancel a pre-order, free-of-charge, before a game ships.
That said, there are some retailers that will charge you for a game immediately. Sony is one of them. That’s something to think about if you aren’t prepared to cough up the cash right now.
Buy the Right Battlefield 2042 Edition
Again, retailers are selling three versions of the Battlefield 2042. And while most people will probably want to go with a standard copy, the Gold and Ultimate Editions do have appeal.
If you aren’t sure which one to buy, take a look at our guide that goes over the Battlefield 2042 editions. It will take you through each and make some recommendations.
Keep Tabs on Your Order
As we push through the summer and fall, make sure you keep an eye on your Battlefield 2042 pre-order. This will help you avoid headaches.
Make sure your delivery information is up-to-date. If you recently moved, you may have forgotten to change your address. You’ll also want to make sure your payment information is correct.
Upgrade Your Console
Battlefield 2042 is coming to older consoles, but there will be some limitations. For instance, while Xbox One and PlayStation 4 support 64 players on a map, 128 players and massive-scale maps will be available on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PC, and PlayStation 5.
If you want the best possible Battlefield 2042 experience, you’ll want the best possible machine. The Xbox Series X/S and PS5 are still hard to find, but if you manage to find one in stock, think about making a move.
Buy a Hard Drive
Battlefield 2042 will require a huge download.
Things could change, but it looks like the game might sit in and around 90GB. This is subject to change, but that’s what you can expect at this point.
If you already have a huge internal and/or external hard drive, you should be good to go. However, if you’re rocking an older console with a limited amount of space, you might want to invest in an external hard drive. Fortunately, you’ve got a lot of options to choose from.
Look for Battlefield 2042 Deals
If you don’t want to pay full price for a copy of Battlefield 2042, make sure you keep your eyes out for deals as we speed toward the release date.
There aren’t a ton of Battlefield 2042 deals out there though EA Play subscribers can knock a bit (10%) off the price of the game right now.
Best Buy provides My Best Buy members with a free steelbook case. Signing up for My Best Buy is free so this is certainly worth a look.
The Battlefield 2042 Standard Edition is also bundled in for free with GeForce RTX 3090, 3080 Ti, 3080, 3070 Ti and 3070 graphics cards through INNO3D and other NVIDIA partners.
You can also grab 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.
You can expect retailers to offer sporadic pre-launch deals so make sure you take a look around.
If you’re interested in the game, make sure you follow EA’s Battlefield Twitter account for the latest info about the game, contests, and more.
Try the Battlefield 2042 Beta
DICE should launch the Battlefield 2042 beta later on this month. It’s an open beta which means anyone will be able to try the game before it’s officially released. If you pre-order a copy of the game, you get early access to the open beta.
#BATTLEFIELD2042 Beta Dates/Times
20th Sept – Media/Creators capture event behind closed doors.
22nd Sept – Media Embargo Lifts at 9AM CEST
22nd Sept – Early Access Goes Live at 10AM-11AM CEST
24th Sept – Open Beta Starts until *unspecified date*
— Tom Henderson (@_Tom_Henderson_) September 4, 2021
The Battlefield 2042 beta will be crucial if you’re on the fence about the game because you’ll get a feel for the combat, movement, and more.
It’ll also help EA DICE fix bugs ahead the game’s official release in November.
Battlefield 2042 Pre-Load
If you pre-order the digital version of Battlefield 2042 you can pre-load the game ahead of its release date. Pre-loading will let you play the game the second it unlocks on November 19th (or earlier if you buy one of the more expensive editions).
Again, Battlefield 2042 will command quite a bit of space on your internal, or external, hard drive.
Try Other Battlefield Games
You don’t need to play older Battlefield games to enjoy Battlefield 2042, but now is a great time to jump into one of the older games if you haven’t played in awhile.
Just like the open beta, playing these games will help you decide if Battlefield 2042 is worth the price of admission. They’re pretty fun too.
Battlefield 2042 will obviously be a lot different than previous titles, but it will utilize a lot of the core elements Battlefield games are known for.
If you don’t find all-out warfare and objective-based game modes fun, you might want to spend your money elsewhere.
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:
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.
So while you get some nice customization items, you also get early access to the game's open beta. We could also see retailers offer some unique pre-order bonuses so keep an eye out for those.
If any of these sound interesting to you, think about putting in a Battlefield 2042 pre-order.
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