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Game Pass surprise-drops Battlefield 2042, courtesy of EA Play


Over the past year, the number of surprise releases on Game Pass have significantly dropped. Put that down to a more threadbare calendar of releases and Microsoft wanting to ensure their announcements still have a bit of weight behind them. 

Which makes it all the more surprising that today sees the release of a pretty significant surprise: an early Christmas present, if you will. Because if you open up Game Pass today, you will be able to play Battlefield 2042 (PC, Console and Cloud) courtesy of the deal that Xbox struck with EA Play. 

It’s a good time to play it. Plagued with launch issues, Battlefield 2042 wasn’t the model that every new game will follow. The player count soon dwindled to almost nothing, until articles started launching about previous Battlefield games having more players. But with the release of Battlefield 2042 on Game Pass, you can guarantee a groundswell of players and make your own judgment, all from the reduced price of a Game Pass subscription. 

What did we have to say about it? Well, remember that we reviewed it at the height of its issues, so the 3.5/5 that we handed it might be considered low. Our verdict was that “Battlefield 2042 is far from perfect, but it isn’t bad. It’s fun to fight and it’s great to be able to drive vehicles across huge maps. Hell, it’s even enjoyable to crash a jet into some unsuspecting soldier on the ground. There are bugs, but patches are planned so hope should be held. In the meantime, Battlefield Portal is almost worth the price of admission itself”.

As you would probably expect, Battlefield 2042 is fully featured, with a live service continuously pumping out content too. Modes include All Out Warfare, served up in both Conquest and Breakthrough varieties, which is the main multiplayer mode. Hazard Zone has you forming into squads of four to take on AI, and Battlefield Portal is your Vault-like mode, giving you the option to set up custom maps, rules and settings for you and other players to raze to the ground. 

Go and grab Battlefield 2042 from the Xbox Store right now and play it through Game Pass. There are two versions to consider for the free love – the Xbox Series X|S version and that of the Xbox One edition. Pick the one to suit your needs. 

There are still a few more games to trickle onto the service in November. Insurgency: Sandstorm (Cloud and Console) and Soccer Story (Cloud, Console, and PC) are both expected on November 29th, while Warhammer 40,000: Darktide (PC) roars onto Game Pass on November 30th. You never know: there might be other surprises.

A few are leaving, too. On November 30th, we bid adieu to Archvale (Console, PC, Cloud), Deeeer Simulator (Console, PC, Cloud), Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Console, Cloud), Mind Scanners (Console, PC, Cloud), Mortal Shell (Console, PC, Cloud), Space Warlord Organ Trading Simulator (Console, PC, Cloud) and Warhammer 40,000 Battlesector (Console, PC, Cloud).

Are you going to brave the Battlefield 2042 servers?  Let us know in the comments or on our social channels.

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