Battlefield 2042 will offer a new experience called Battlefield Portal which is a community-driven game mode creator. The news of Portal’s existence leaked ahead of Thursday’s EA Play in a story published by Game Rant which has since been taken down.
Battlefield Portal is created by Ripple Effect Studios, a subsidiary of EA formerly known as DICE Los Angeles, and allows users to play new Battlefield modes built by DICE and community mode curated by DICE. Players will also be able to create their own game modes without leaving them 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 maps from Battlefield 1
Inside the mode itself, Game Rant described the possibility of drastically changing the way the game unfolds – all the way down to the time with soldiers on the field. Players choose a game mode and then have the freedom to change a series of rules on a team-by-team basis.
Game Rant especially called for the ability to force a team of World War II soldiers out Battlefield 1942 to fight against the modern specialists in Battlefield 2042. There are some important limitations here, but with players who are unable to mix multiple armies in the same team. Gadgets from the different eras are not balanced individually either, so players must find their own ways to balance the game modes that mix timelines.
Finally, there is the Portal Rules Editor, which allows players to further customize their creations with a bit of visual programming. Game Rant provided some examples of how players can customize their modes, such as giving players health or switching weapons after multiple kills. These custom sets of rules can be shared with the community, so players who just love to organize a map draw logic from someone else, and perfect their creation without having to program anything.
Game Rant also confirmed that DICE and Ripple Effect Studios will continue to support Portal after launch, adding new content to the customization engine in terms of Battlefield 2042other game modes.
EA and DICE are likely to reveal more about Portal and Battlefield 2042 during Thursday’s EA Play event. The game is scheduled to launch on October 22 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X.