In a change of heart, EA has announced a change in its plans for the Xbox Series X|S Digital Standard Edition of Battlefield 2042. Instead of locking the Xbox One version behind the more expensive Gold and Ultimate Editions, all buyers of the Xbox Series X|S version will now receive the last-gen version at no extra charge.
Players who have previously pre-ordered the Digital Standard Edition of Battlefield 2042 on Xbox Series X|S will also now have access to the Cross-Gen Bundle. For anyone who wants the Cross-Gen bundle, you can pre-order it via the Microsoft Store for £69.99 / $69.99, with 10% off for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or EA Play members.
As confirmed by EA in an FAQ, there are still no plans for the Xbox One version to include the Xbox Series X|S counterpart, so for anyone on the fence or looking to upgrade in the future, you'll need to ensure you purchase the correct version. Also, if you're picking up the physical version of the game, the same entitlement will not be applicable.
I currently have an Xbox One, but might buy an Xbox One Series X|S in the future. Will you have other upgrade paths available in the future if I decide to purchase the Standard Edition on Xbox One?
We presently have no plans for any alternative upgrade paths. This is also true of the experience on PlayStation 4.
I’m buying a physical copy of the game from a store. Does this version of the game also include the Cross-Gen Bundle?
The Cross-Gen Bundle is only present on the Digital Editions of the game listed previously.
It's certainly a welcome addition for anyone who has friends on a last-gen system who they may want to join (BF 2042 doesn't support cross-gen play), or anyone looking to upgrade to an Xbox Series X|S in the future.
That said, with many developers offering Smart Delivery for their titles, it's frustrating when anyone else goes against the norm. While it's fair to say the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S versions of Battlefield 2042 will offer different experiences, we can't help but think there's a better way to make this all much, much simpler.
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