That is between PC, Xbox Series X and S and PlayStation 5. With DICE
looking to test Battlefield 2042
's cross-play functionality with the upcoming Technical Playtest set to kick of in the coming month or so. The Playtest is set to be closed and under NDA, so it won't be open to many. "No need to contact us, we’ll contact you!", writes DICE.
The current cross-play plans for the game look to be divided amongst the versions that will be available. With the new 128-player cap limited to PC and next-gen consoles cross-play will be an opt-in scenario, whereas cross-play will be the norm between Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players.
The good news is that cross-progression is coming so PlayStation 5 progress and unlocks and even purchases will carry over to the PC version of the game and vice versa.
This news arrived as part of a new Battlefield 2042 Developer Q&A
covering everything from Specialists to Vehicles and Map Sizes. Also covered was the multiplayer-only focus of the latest Battlefield, where both solo and co-op play against AI will be online only. Interestingly the AI will not be able to use Specialist Traits and Specialties.
Also confirmed is that AI soldiers will always be enabled even for multiplayer matches.
In the All-Out Warfare set of experiences of Conquest and Breakthrough, AI Soldiers are used to backfill servers and you cannot opt-out of playing with them. However, there is a cap to how many of them you can encounter in a multiplayer match. In general, you will not experience more AI soldiers than players unless the match is still filling-up, or almost empty. Players will always have matchmaking priority over AI.
As an example: if there are 120 players out of 128 players currently playing in a server, 8 AI Soldiers will join the match to help even out the teams. Should a player leave, another AI Soldier will temporarily replace them until a new player joins the game. We’re providing them as a helpful option to ensure you won’t have trouble matchmaking and can fully enjoy the all-out warfare chaos you can expect from a Battlefield match.
For more on Battlefield 2042 be sure to check out our in-depth Interview with DICE and Battlefield 2042 Design Director, Daniel Berlin