DICE Studios general manager Oskar Gabrielson revealed Battlefield Portal, a “community-driven experience” that lets players mix and match generations of Battlefield multiplayer content, during the EA Play live stream on Thursday. A blog post on EA.com expands on the concept further.
A “love letter” to Battlefield fans
Battlefield Portal will allow players to combine content from Battlefield 1942, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Battlefield 3, and the upcoming Battlefield 2042. In Portal, players can disable modern features like aim-down-sights and the prone position to recreate classic Battlefield games exactly. They can also customize what gear and weapons are available by game, category, and more. Different generations of vehicles can be set to clash. Team sizes can be adjusted, including options for imbalanced teams with set loadouts. The options on display are widely varied.
On top of all that, Battlefield Portal includes a “Logic Editor.” The Logic Editor features puzzle-piece-shaped code blocks that allow players to “create custom game modes that aren’t possible to create with the settings alone,” according to the blog. EA has not yet discussed the full scale of the Logic Editor, but the teaser image gives some indication of its power.
A new Battlefield Experience
Portal refers to these custom modes as Experiences, which players can create, run, and save. Creators can make an Experience public to allow others to tweak the rules and host games. They can also create a link to share an Experience with anyone. Players can follow an Experience creator to be notified when they are hosting a mode they want to play again.
At launch, Battlefield Portal will include two maps from each of Battlefield 1942, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 3, as well as “40+ weapons from 3 Theaters of War.” Gameplay in Portal Experiences will also earn experience points towards Battlefield 2042’s progression system.
The Battlefield Portal announcement came alongside other EA news, including the newest character in Apex Legends.