Remember a while back we covered the possibility that the upcoming Battlefield 2042 would include a way to play older Battlefield content? According to reliable leaker Tom Henderson, this feature is actually called the “Battlefield Hub” and is built around the ultimate sandbox experience.
According to Henderson, EA and DICE have built the Battlefield Hub to include remastered maps and content from previous Battlefield games. It will act as a collection of content for players to enjoy. However, it will provide a limited experience in some regards when compared to the upcoming Battlefield 2042. For example, the maps won’t support 128 players. This is most likely due to the fact that older maps simply won’t fit that mass player count in them.
Henderson hints that other features from Battlefield 2042 will carry across to the Battlefield Hub. This includes the Battle Pass so players can progress their ranks by either playing the main game or this sandbox mode. Battlefield Hub will also act as a separate download similar to the Hazard Zone (totally not the battle royale mode). This hub mode will also include specialists.
There’s also a high possibility that the Battlefield Hub is free-to-play meaning all players can jump into the old maps and experience the classic game modes and matches. By the sound of things, this Battlefield Hub is going to be a standalone package that players can download and enjoy with a Battle Pass tied to both 2042 and this mode. How EA is going to release this as a free-to-play game while also making money off of it and supporting Battlefield 2042 is not clear yet. It sounds like a challenge if there ever was one.
If this is all true, users will most likely see loads of cosmetics tied to previous Battlefield games up for sale. It is also going to be a challenge for EA to push the latest game when this free package sounds so incredible.
Like all rumours, take this with a pinch of salt for now. EA and DICE haven’t shared any information regarding this game yet. We will update you when we hear more. Battlefield 2042 is set to release on 22 October 2021 for PS5, PS4, Xbox and PC.