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Battlefield 2042 & Anti-Cheat: The Elephant In The Room

Battlefield's Anti-Cheat
This will surely become a huge question when the BR-style mode launches... | © EA & Activision Blizzard

Let's deal with the elephant in the room: Cheating has ruined Warzone for a lot of players, Battlefield 2042 (and especially its Battle Royale mode) could be in for the same fate. So EA, what are you going to do about it? What are the anti-cheat plans for Battlefield 2042?  Well here's what they've said on the matter at least. 

If you've been playing Warzone these past two years, which I suspect a great many of our shooter-inclined readers have been, then you'll already be unfortunately familiar with how bad cheating can become. Perhaps Warzone's biggest flaw was going free-to-play, but then would it have reached the same heights of popularity otherwise? Unlikely. 

There's really no easy answer for developers, but it's not a question that can be ignored. A lot of players will be wanting to ask EA: "What are you going to do when the cheaters arrive?"  Well here's what they've said, and a few things they could do. 

Update: We updated this article on August 24, you can find it just beneath. 

Update: Hackers Are Now Selling Battlefield 2042 Cheats 

We needed to update this article with some unfortunate news: Battlefield 2042 cheats are now available to purchase from hackers. This is pre-beta. And yet, cheats are already being sold for PC players. This is why we can't have nice things. Here's what the hack trading site boasts:

Battlefield 2042 will be released this year and our team is already working on a full featured hack for the game. Our development team is on the beta testing team and we plan to have the first product released along with the beta!

It makes you want to scream. But yes, unfortunately, cheats will be in Battlefield 2042 from the get-go with the beta. 

What Are The Anti-Cheat Plans Battlefield 2042? 

EA has a policy of permanently banning players who are caught cheating and has been developing detection systems used in BFV that they plan to continue improving and using for Battlefield 2042. Here's how they explain their anti-cheat systems: 

We use a combination of in-game and server technology, such as FairFight, along with information from external websites, player reporting, and social channels. Having worked on anti-cheat for a long time, we have the knowledge combined with a refined set of procedures to identify cheating. 

Though, as they later admit in the same blog post, banning a cheater is not the silver bullet that a game needs. No indeed, it sounds like they are employing industry-standard methods, which we've seen fail in Warzone.   

Let's not forget their other big advantage here though. The fact that the game is not free-to-play is going to do a lot to persuade cheaters to move to another title. But then Modern Warfare 2019, which became Warzone, was also free at launch, and only later opened up the BR mode to be played freely. So perhaps Battlefield will do the same, and lose that initial protection against cheaters.  

There is at least one way for the players themselves to reduce their experience of cheating in-game, if EA allows it we don't know, but we suggest it beneath. 

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Will Battlefield 2042 Have Crossplay?

The developers are aiming for Battlefield 2042 to have working crossplay between PC, Xbox Series X/S, and PlayStation 5, while the older-generation PS4s and Xbox Ones will crossplay separately together. We say aiming because they've publically stated that the feature is still being worked on, but we know this is the goal. Though, unfortunately, we don't know if it can be disabled.

"Hang on? What's this got to do with anti-cheat" some of you might be asking, but not those who have had to deal with cheaters in Warzone these past two years. As those players will have learned: the most effective anti-cheat is simply disabling crossplay with PC. That's where all these cheats originate from after all. So hopefully, we should be able to deal with cheaters ourselves by disabling cross-play functionality (sorry PC users). 

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