Battlefield 2042 has confirmed that its cross-play feature will be split between console generations.
In a new blog post answering some of the most frequently asked questions from fans of the franchise, EA and Dice revealed that cross-play for the game will only function across same-generation consoles, meaning those with the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and PC will be able to match up against each other, while those still on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will be restricted to their own cross-play ecosystem. While EA didn’t provide specific reasoning in the article about the split, it’s most likely because previous-gen consoles will have lobbies restricted to 64 players, while the modern generation will all be able to run 128-player matches. However, there will be cross-progression, so you won’t have to worry about losing save data when you swap between platforms.
Aside from cross-play, EA also went into further detail about its use of bots in its massive game modes. The news was announced at the end of last month and drew much concern among fans, but the developer has now shed more light on the matter. While you can’t opt-out of using bots, human players will still have priority, and the AI will only replace actual players if they leave the match and until another one joins. The bots are obviously designed to replicate actual players and carry out tasks such as reviving friendlies or securing objectives, but they won’t be able to make use of class-based abilities or wingsuits.
For more details regarding Battlefield 2042, you can head over to EA’s blog post.
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