Battlefield 2042 will offer a new experience called Battlefield Portal which is a community driven game mode creator. News of Portal’s existence leaked ahead of Thursday’s EA Play in a story posted by Game Rant that has since been withdrawn.
Created by Ripple Effect Studios, a subsidiary of EA formerly known as DICE Los Angeles, Battlefield Portal will allow users to play new Battlefield modes built by DICE and modes created by the community and hosted by DICE. Players will also be able to create their own game modes without ever leaving Battlefield 2042.
In an interview with Game Rant, Ripple Effect Studios general manager Christian Grass said that Portal will offer content from several different Battlefield games. Players will be able to use weapons, vehicles, gadgets, and even battle cards. Battlefield 1942, Battlefield Bad Company 2, and Battlefield 3 to build their own creations. Since these games are several years old, Ripple Effect Studios has rebuilt and updated their assets for Portal.
Inside the mode itself, Game Rant has described the ability to drastically alter the flow of battle, even until the era of soldiers in the field. Players will select a game mode and then have the freedom to change a variety of rules team by team.
Game Rant specifically called for the possibility of forcing a team of WWII soldiers out Battlefield 1942 fight against modern specialists of Battlefield 2042. However, there are a few key limitations here, with players unable to mix multiple armies on the same team. Gadgets from different eras will also not be balanced individually, so players will have to find their own ways of balancing game modes that mix up timelines.
Finally, there’s the Portal Rules Editor, which allows players to further customize their creations with light visual programming. Game Rant offered a few examples of how players can change their modes, like granting health to players or swapping weapons after killing multiple times. These custom rule sets can be shared with the community, allowing players who only like to organize a map to grab someone else’s logic, perfecting their creation without needing to program anything.
Game Rant has also confirmed that DICE and Ripple Effect Studios will continue to support Portal after launch, adding new content to the Personalization Engine regarding Battlefield 2042other game modes.
EA and DICE will likely reveal more on Portal and Battlefield 2042 during Thursday’s EA Play event. The game is scheduled to launch on October 22 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.