EA says DICE is “looking to build and test” the Battlefield 2042 cross game. This makes it look like the may be, at best, but EA also says that the crossplay of PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X / S will be tested during the technical alpha version of Battlefield 2042, by invitation only, this summer. It’s hard to try something you didn’t create and now it’s summer, so clearly DICE is doing more than “looking” at the idea. I would go so far as to say that Battlefield 2042 will have cross games and EA is only given space to delay the feature if necessary.
He blog post continues to evade the final statements ("we'd like to give you an understanding of what we want to achieve"), but says we can "expect" cross-games, cross-progression, and "cross-over" from the current PC and console -commerce "compatible Battlefield 2042. This means that, apart from playing with console players, we will be able to transfer progress and purchases within the game between versions.
PC and console players will be able to choose not to play with each other, EA says.
One thing is you You won't be able to turn off AI robots that will help fill your servers, though you probably won't find many if you have the entire PC, Xbox Series X / S, and PlayStation 5 player base to match. This is one of the hopes of the cross game, at least.
The PS4 and Xbox One versions of Battlefield 2042 will also have crossover games with each other, but will be contained in their own little world. This is because, as previously announced, older consoles receive 64-player versions of Battlefield 2042, while PCs and newer consoles receive support for 128 players.
Battlefield 2042 will be released on October 22, probably with a crossover game, but if the feature isn’t ready in time or EA completely changes its mind about it, I have to admit that technically he has promised nothing beyond "looking." (Maybe DICE engineers write code with their eyes today, you never know.)
The next Battlefield 2042 will be EA Play Live next week, where we will see the new ripple effect of Ripple Effect (the studio formerly known as DICE LA). Some time after that, we hear about the other mysterious mode, called Hazard Zone, which is no a battle royale mode, EA insists. (It has been clear, at least.)
As for this technical alpha, it’s still a kind of “you don’t need to get in touch with us, we’ll get in touch with you”. DICE invites prominent Battlefield fans to the test under “strict NDA”.