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Battlefield Portal Brings a Sandbox Mode to Battlefield 2042

On July 22 2021, EA and DICE came clean during EA Play Live with the secret third game mode for their upcoming title Battlefield 2042 called Battlefield Portal. This ambitious mode aims to enhance community interaction by providing players with the ability to create their own levels from provided maps, weapon classes, and gadgets. The kicker is that the tools provided will not only be from the seven Battlefield 2042 maps, but from classic entries in the Battlefield franchise as well.

Battlefield 2042
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The classic maps utilized in Battlefield Portal will be Battle of the Bulge and El Alamanein from Battlefield 1942, Arica Harbor and Valparaiso from Battlefield: Bad Company 2, and Caspian Border and Noshahr Canals from Battlefield 3. All of these maps will feature Conquest, Rush, and Team Deathmatch and will be able to support matches of up to 128 players on next-gen consoles. The player count on old-gen systems will be limited to 64 players per match.

The trailer gives an idea as to how crazy this mashup mode can get with Super Hornet jets dogfighting against WWII-era planes while soldiers on the ground fight with only knives on one side and defibrillators on the other. Players will have the ability to create any scenario they desire with the tools provided to them in terms of weapons, gadgets, classes, vehicles, objectives, and map-mixing. All of the customizations will be done in a web-based interface called Battlefield Builder

Through Battlefield Builder, players can adjust a range of settings in order to help balance out the weapons and vehicles from the different Battlefield eras. Specialized modes can be created through the use of the logic editor, which can be used to toggle total damage, HUD visibility, friendly fire, and movement speed. You can also create a unique game mode that declares victory for a team that meets the conditions you set in the logic editor. 

Although Battlefield Portal is an exceptional customization mode, the actual maps themselves can’t be altered. Players’ creations in Battlefield Portal can be shared with the community and all progress is shared across consoles. Creations shared with the community might not always be populated with enough players, but PvE modes with bots have been made available to compensate for this.

Portal mode is the perfect addition to Battlefield 2042 and will help set it apart from other popular shooter titles that have taken the Battle Royale route. It could very well end up being the Halo Forge of this generation, where players will create everlasting memories in a volatile sandbox. 
Battlefield 2042 with Battlefield Portal included is set to release on October 22 2021 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.

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