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Battlefield Portal - Everything You Need to Know About the Battlefield 1942, Bad Company 2, and Battlefield 3 Mash-Up
Post by KostaAndreadis @ 10:35am 23/07/21 | Comments
Battlefield 2042 is launching with three distinct multiplayer modes. All-Out Warfare from DICE presents spectacular near future 128-player action. With Battlefield Portal from Ripple Effect bringing together the past, present, and future.

Battlefield 2042 is launching later this year and with its recent reveal we got a good look at the game’s All-Out Warfare mode. 128-player action across seven maps (at launch) in a near future setting presenting a planet ravaged by the effects of mass migration. It sees world powers the U.S. and Russia fighting for resources and control of a world seemingly drenched in the rising waters of climate chaos. And with the rise of Non-Patriated, or No-Pats, fighting for their own survival, players will take on the role of Specialists.

As per our in-depth interview with DICE, and breakdown of what we know, the near-future setting sees the introduction of maps with dynamic weather and destruction and ability-driven Specialists that can glide, grapple, and call in robotic attack dogs at will. In many ways it feels like a forward-thinking approach to the series, which recently has been dipping into the past (timeline-wise) ala Battlefield 1 and Battlefield V.

Plus, Battlefield 2042 is purely multiplayer-focused.

And with that three main modes are coming: All-Out Warfare offering 128-player Conquest and Breakthrough on the largest maps in the series to date. Hazard Zone, a “high-stakes, squad-based game-type” that has yet to be revealed. And finally, Battlefield Portal. Which we’re talking about today.

What is Battlefield Portal?

Battlefield Portal is being developed by Ripple Effect, the studio formerly known as DICE LA. And as a game mode, Portal is all about community and celebrating all things Battlefield. It brings together all seven maps from Battlefield 2042’s All-Out Warfare mode alongside six classic maps from Battlefields of yore into one awesome package.

Portal is all about community and celebrating all things Battlefield. It brings together all seven maps from Battlefield 2042’s All-Out Warfare mode alongside six classic maps from Battlefields of yore into one awesome package.

There’s so much Battlefield here it’s a little overwhelming, with two maps from Battlefield 1942, two from Battlefield Bad Company 2, and two more from Battlefield 3. Plus, all weapons, vehicles, classes, and factions from all three of these classic eras are coming along for the ride.

Related: Battlefield 2042 Interview - Inside the New Portal Mode

And with all of that players will be able to create their own custom games from a simple-to-use web browser interface. Battlefield 1942 factions going up against 2042’s Specialists in a near future setting? Not a problem. And with the Builder and in-depth Logic Editor players will also be able to drill down and customise everything from what gadgets appear to how weapons behave.

So many customisation options will be available that the community will be able to effectively create their own ultimate Battlefield experience. Or, go the opposite route and put 128-players on a small 32-player map.

You know, just to see what would happen.

Battlefield Portal will fully support cross-play and feature Official Experiences curated by the development team to recreate some of the greatest battles covering Conquest, Rush, and Team Deathmatch.

The Classic Maps and Eras Coming

Battlefield Portal features six maps from Battlefield 1942, Bad Company 2, and Battlefield 3. All remastered and rebuilt in 4K using the latest version of Frostbite as seen throughout Battlefield 2042.

From Battlefield 1942 there’s Battle of the Bulge and El Alamein. From Bad Company 2 there’s Arica Harbor and Valparaiso. And from Battlefield 3 there’s Caspian Border and Noshahr Canals. Not limited to re-imagined maps with modern detail, over 40 weapons from all three classic eras are coming, from the M1 Garand to the M416. Over 40 vehicles too, including 1942’s Spitfire that will be able to try and shoot a fast moving modern Quad Bike. And over 30 Gadgets, from old timey radios to the classic mobile defibrillator.

Wrapping it all up is the inclusion of all factions from all three eras, this means the ability to mix and match between seven different armies in addition to the playing as the new Specialists from Battlefield 2042. Classes are coming too, with players being able to choose from Battlefield 3’s Assault, Engineer, Support, and Recon roles amongst all the other permutations.

So yeah, this means taking a modern US or Russian army and going up against 1942’s Germany. Take that, Nazi scum.

2042 Versus 1942

Battlefield 2042’s All-Out Warfare is set to launch with seven massive maps, each supporting up to 128-players on modern hardware. Each will feature dynamic weather events, environmental hazards, and other elements that will bring them alive thanks to the power of Frostbite. Spanning the entire globe, all seven of these maps will be available in Battlefield Portal. As per 2042, the PS4 and Xbox One versions will be limited to 64-player maps and experiences.

So many customisation options will be available that the community will be able to effectively create their own ultimate Battlefield experience.

And as already mentioned, 2042’s Specialists are part of the Portal picture. These being the playable soldiers in Battlefield 2042 -- character-driven with back-stories and narratives to dig into. Specialists are broken up into categories based on classic Battlefield classes -- Assault, Medic, Support, Recon so they’ll fit in nicely with the classic eras. But unlike the classic classes, players will be free to customise Specialist loadouts with any weapon, secondary and throwable they choose. And have access to, well, special abilities like a healing pistol or grappling hook.

If You Build It, They Will Come… and Possibly Strap Some C4 to It

Community Experiences in Battlefield Portal will sit alongside curated Official Experiences. As noted above those will be custom games created by the dev team looking to capture some of that past Battlefield glory -- alongside highlighting some of the exciting Battlefield 2042 All-Out Warfare content.

So then, how will you be able to customise and create your own slice of Battlefield? Well, this will be done via the browser-based Builder and Logic Editor. The Builder will let players create their own matches in two ways.

Settings: Easy to modify options from maps to factions to weapons and vehicles.
Logic: A visual scripting tool that allows for the manipulation of game elements, from health regen to the ability to define weapon power and more.

Here’s an overview of what will be adjustable.

Maps: Pick from the selection of 13 available maps.
Modes: Choose from a range of game modes. Whether it’s more established modes like Rush or Conquest, or starting with something completely custom.
Mode Settings: Fine tune various details within the mode including:
    Factions - Choose which soldiers, weapons and vehicles can compete on the battlefield.
    Mobility - Toggle players’ ability to Aim Down Sights, go prone and more.
    Visibility - Toggle Heads’ Up Display and minimap visibility for players.
    Arsenal - Restrict weapons, Specialists, gear and vehicles that players have access to in matches.
    Scale - Adjust the balance of each battle by controlling the max number of players in each team as well as which weapons they have access to.

Team Select: The ability to put different teams and eras of soldiers against each other
Weapon/Gadget/Vehicle Restrictions: Fine tune which soldiers should be available from each faction, which weapons and attachments they can use, which vehicles are available and how to access them.

On top of this the Logic Editor is built on an open-source system called Blockly, that will allow for just about limitless customisation. Drilling down into the meaty numbers and stats via a visual tool. As per our interview with Rob Donovan, Senior Game Designer at Ripple Effect,
”The logic editor is intentionally built for advanced users. It's not coding, it's snapping together jigsaw puzzle pieces, and in many cases, they can only go in certain ways. Ultimately we expect power users to use this, and power users want to go fast.”

Players will be able to password protect their creations for private access in addition to browse and pick and choose what creations to try.

Examples of Battlefield Portal Experiences

The proof, as they say, is in the pudding. So be sure to watch this video of just some of the possibilities.

Release Date and Platforms

Battlefield 2042 is set to launch October 22, 2021 on PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. With the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions limited to smaller-maps and the traditional 64-player count. Battlefield Portal is arriving day and date with other modes, and also supports cross-play.

Post-Release Plans, Betas, and Content Roadmaps

Battlefield 2042 is set to follow the Season approach with Battle Passes set to be made available for each new Season. The first year will deliver four Seasons, four Battle Passes, four new Specialists, and new maps. And on that front Battlefield Portal is set to receive all 2042 All-Out Warfare content, from new maps to Specialists.

In terms of more Classic Maps that’s still up in the air. As per Rob Donovan, when asked about more Portal content,
“There's so many ways we could go with Battlefield Portal. There are so many different pieces. You can imagine we might add more settings and we could add more hooks to the Logic Editor. Certainly, content [more Classic Maps] is something we could do. But we're not making any promises. The only promise we're making right now is that we're going to support 2042 content when it comes out. I'm sorry I can't talk more about the Live Service, it’s certainly exciting to think about!”

Each new Season is also set to push the narrative forward -- and with that it only makes sense that the first six Classic Maps are just that, the first. We’d love to see more 1942 action alongside the introduction of Battlefield 2 maps.

An Open Beta for Battlefield 2042 will be available in September with those that pre-order getting early access.