EA DICE has decided to include the Cross Gen bundle entitlement on Battlefield 2042 for all digital owners of the game on Xbox Series X|S or PlayStation 5.
Announcing the news on the EA Answers page, the company offered its reasoning. “We realize that for many, next gen hardware is still hard to come by. We want as many Battlefield fans as possible to start the journey with us on day one, and we want to give those players the peace of mind that their progress carries over if they get a new system this holiday season, or beyond.”
Previously, the Battlefield 2042 Cross-Gen entitlement was only offered if you bought the Gold or Ultimate Editions of the game. However, it appears you’ll specifically have to buy the Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 versions to take advantage, which seems like an odd move. A subsequent FAQ states they “presently have no plans for any alternative upgrade paths” for those who buy the standard edition on Xbox One or PS4.
It’s also worth noting that the entitlement doesn’t appear to apply to physical copies of the game either. There’s a £10 difference in price between the previous-gen version, and the next-gen version too, so make of that what you will. It certainly seems to be more suited to those who know they’re getting a next-gen machine for sure, but we’ll see if they offer the upgrade as a separate purchase later.
Battlefield 2042 starts its Open Beta tomorrow for those who pre-ordered the game, and EA Play members. Everyone else will be able to join in from October 8. The full game launches on November 19 for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and PC.