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Battlefield Portal explained: how to create and play custom Battlefield 2042 matches

Everything you need to know about Battlefield Portal

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Battlefield 2042 is the latest revision of DICE’s legendary shooter series, and this year the game has controversially dropped its single-player campaign completely to focus on large-scale multiplayer mayhem. 

By far the most interesting addition to Battlefield 2042 is the Battlefield Portal, a hub that lets players pull from different gameplay options and assets across many of the series’ most iconic games to create unique custom modes that can be shared with other players online. 

In this guide, we’re going to run you through the basics of the Battlefield Portal, including how to host, modify and play custom matches.

What is the Battlefield Portal?

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New for Battlefield 2042, Battlefield Portal is a multiplayer experience accessible from the game’s main menu. It is different to the conventional All-Out Warfare experience and Hazard Zone, the strategic squad-based survival mode. Battlefield Portal is a custom matchmaking hub with a server browser that players can peruse to find unusual custom game modes that homage the legacy of the Battlefield series. 

You can use the portal to play classic versions of Conquest from Battlefield 1942, Battlefield Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 3, complete with period-appropriate assets, weapons and content. If you’re tired of the modernity of Battlefield 2042 with its wingsuits and helicopters, you can head back to World War 2 and the Battle of the Bulge. History is your oyster! 

But the beauty of Battlefield Portal extends beyond the official experiences - the whole point is that you can mix all of the assets together to create custom modes with truly bonkers matchups.

How to play custom Battlefield Portal matches 

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As well as the Featured experiences seen from the Battlefield Portal hub, you can head to the Browse tab to discover countless experiences created by other players. There are tons of filters that you can use to find what you need. So far you’ll find game modes from other shooters like Hardcore, Gungame, Infected and more that are tons of fun to play with friends, especially if you’re getting bored of the conventional Battlefield Conquest and Breakthrough experiences.

How to host and modify Battlefield Portal matches 

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When you do get tired of playing other players’ custom game modes, you may want to try your hand at making your own. Within the Battlefield Portal hub, head to the Host tab and you’ll be able to host official and custom experiences from within Battlefield 2042, which is an easy way to play games with your friends. 

However, if you want to make an experience that is completely your own, you need to head to the Battlefield Builder at portal.battefield.com. This is an external, browser-based tool that lets you create your own modes. There’s a QR code in-game that you can use to zip to the website if you need it.

The tool is easy to use and will lead you through the process in comfort. You’ll pick your game mode and then be able to tweak several rules like game time, maximum players, weather events, projectile speed, headshot damage multipliers, vehicle spawn delays and even UI elements.

The fun part comes in the Restrictions tab, where you’re able to pick and choose between characters, weapons, vehicles and gadgets from Battlefield 1942, Battlefield Bad Company 2, Battlefield 3, Battlefield 2042. If you want to send specialists up against World War 2 engineers or build alternate history battles, the Battlefield Builder tool is here to help. 

Once you’ve finished modifying on the website, if you tap finish you’ll be sent an Experience Code, which you can plug into Battlefield 2042 in the portal hub, under the Experience Code tab. This will then pull your custom mode into the game, and you’ll be able to play it online with your friends.

One element of the tool that is worth checking out if you’re an advanced user is the Rules Editor section. There aren’t many sliders or drag and drop elements here as it functions a lot more like actual programming. You can use arrays, variables and all kinds of math to create truly unique game modes if you’re prepared to learn the systems.

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