The Battlefield 2042 open beta will finally get underway next week, EA has confirmed. Availability depends entirely on whether you have pre-ordered the game or have an active EA Play membership, but everyone will eventually gain access to the ability to play the Conquest mode on new map Orbital. The trailer above sets the scene ahead of the beta.

Battlefield 2042's pre-release test begins on 6th October 2021 and runs through until 9th October 2021, with pre-load available the day before launch. If you have pre-ordered the game or are currently subscribed to EA Play, you will gain access on the first day: 6th October 2021. Everyone else will be able to play the open beta for two days, from 8th October 2021. Four of the full game's Specialists can be played as during the beta: Webster Mackay, Maria Falck, Pyotr "Boris" Guskovsky, and Wikus "Casper" Van Daele. On PS5, the Conquest mode will support 128 players.

"During the Open Beta our intent is to provide you with the kind of experience where you can focus on enjoying the sandbox. That means that we’ve made some adjustments to systems and features you’ll otherwise encounter in the full game, so you’ll find that we’ve pre-unlocked a wide selection of hardware (weapons, vehicles and gadgets) for you, and let you make the most of the time you’ll have with the Open Beta."

We'll be sure to share your impressions of the Battlefield 2042 open beta here on the site, and we're sure you'll be interested in doing so too after experiencing what EA DICE has put together. Will you be taking the game for a spin? Let us know in the comments below.