As promised, EA revealed the second of three game experiences in Battlefield 2042 and while the concept is the same as what we had previously heard with Battlefield Hub, the title is a bit different. The new game experience is called Battlefield Portal, and here’s what we learned about it during EA Play Live.
What is Battlefield Portal?
Battlefield Portal is a community-driven experience in Battlefield 2042. It’s essentially a toybox that gives players the freedom and tools to write their own rules and shape their own battlefield. This image basically sums it all up:
As you can see, players can mix and match content from various Battlefield games to create brand new game modes. These modes can be shared with the community online.
Battlefield Portal supports all seven maps feature in Battlefield 2042 plus six classic maps that have been reimagined from Battlefield 2042, Battlefield Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 3: Battle of the Bulge, El Alamein, Arica Harbor, Valparaiso, Caspian Border and Noshahr Canals. Unfortunately, it’s not a level editor, so you can’t actually edit the maps themselves.
Customization options don’t only include tweaking basic settings like weapons and maps, but there’s also an advanced logic editor. “You can get pretty wild,” boasted General Manager Christian Grass.
Just how wild can you get?
Some possibilities included things like pitting World War II versus 2042, and an infection mode against a bunch of super fast soldiers with knives. There was also something more specific, like a gun game with shotty snipes from all throughout history. All of that is possible.
EA did present some more official Battlefield Portal modes created by a few members of the community, and it definitely looks intriguing. “Quality vs. Quantity” is an intriguing mode from Gabytron in which a team of four players from 2042 goes up against a team of 32 “1942 Germans” with reduced health and kit limitations.
Perhaps the wildest presented was Robotman from “Redacted.” In this mode, 20 EOD Bots from Battlefield 3 go up against 1 T91 Tank.
Battlefield Portal looks like a clever way to expand community engagement in Battlefield beyond just the standard multiplayer. It will keep things feeling fresh and players won’t have to rely so much on expansions post launch to keep them invested in the game. I’m excited to see the potential for what the community can come up with.
Battlefield Portal will be ready to go at launch with pre-made modes already created. Battlefield 2042 launches on October 22, 2021. There’s still one more mode to be revealed, Hazard Zone.