The release date and start time for the Battlefield 2042 open beta early access is almost here and you can get it with either EA Play or Xbox Game Pass.
EA and DICE’s most ambitious instalment yet is scheduled to fully launch in November. This means that the month before Christmas will be especially busy and expensive for first-person shooter fans as November is also when Call of Duty Vanguard arrives.
Call of Duty fans were able to enjoy time-limited demos back in September, but now it’s the chance for fans of Activision’s rival franchise.
What time does the Battlefield 2042 early access beta start?
The release date and start time for the Battlefield 2042 open beta early access is 00:00 PT, 03:00 ET, and 08:00 BST on October 6th.
If you do not opt for early access, you will be able to enjoy the demo that is open to everyone on October 8th. It will start at the same above hours and there will be no fee to participate.
Similar to Call of Duty Vanguard in September, the demo will only last for a few days. As of writing, it is scheduled to end at 00:00 PT, 03:00 ET, and 08:00 BST on October 10th.
All of the above hours come courtesy of the official FAQ.
You can get early access to the demo by subscribing to EA Play instead of pre-ordering the game.
An EA Play subscription only costs £3.99 per month (£0.79 first month for first timers) or £19.99 every year. If you’re on PC you have the option of a Pro membership which costs £14.99 per month or £89.99 every 12-months.
If you wish to play all four days of the beta but don’t want to spend £60+ pre-ordering the game, the above is your cheapest route. However, there is another option for Xbox and PC players.
How to get Battlefield 2042 beta with Game Pass
Xbox and PC players can get early access to the Battlefield 2042 open beta by joining Game Pass.
The PC community only need to subscribe for £7.99 per month and this will give them an EA Play membership at no added cost. As for those on an Xbox One or Series X, you will need to join the Ultimate programme for £10.99 per month.
Microsoft’s Ultimate membership also boasts an EA Play subscription along with Xbox Live Gold and exclusive discounts. If you are on PC or Xbox, we’d recommend going the Game Pass route as it provides access to EA’s subscription service as well as dozens of other fantastic games for free via Microsoft.