Battlefield 2042 will host 128 players on next-gen consoles, and while we’re confident it’ll be popular enough to populate all matches, that’s still a lot of soldiers to find. We already know that bots will be used to temporarily plug any holes, but now EA has revealed that it’s “looking to achieve” full crossplay in the first-person shooter.
Now there are some caveats here: developer DICE is targeting full crossplay between PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC as well as PS4 and Xbox One. The reason for the split between next-gen and last-gen versions is the total headcount: remember, Sony’s previous console will have smaller maps with just 64 players occupying them at any given time.
“We’ll test a subset of crossplay functionality during the Technical Playtest,” the developer explained. “This means during this test, PS5, PC, and Xbox Series X|S consoles will be able to test playing together. We are still building crossplay functionality, and the first opportunity for us to test it with a wider, invite-only group will be within the Technical Playtest.”
In addition, DICE is working on complete cross-progression and cross-commerce functionality, meaning that you’ll be able to take all your progress and purchases with you wherever you play. “For example, your unlocked progress and purchases in your PlayStation copy of the game will carry over onto the Xbox or PC version, and vice versa,” the Swedish studio said.
All of this, of course, is wonderful news. Sony was holding out on crossplay for quite some time, but it caved late last generation and there’s been no looking back since. This ultimately breaks down barriers for allies playing within different console ecosystems, and also makes server lobbies larger, resulting in faster matchmaking overall.