How to check if the Battlefield 2042 servers are down

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Battlefield 2042 is out now for those who pre-purchased the special editions, and players have been experiencing connection issues throughout its first hours. The error we've seen is "Unable to Load Persistence Data," which can appear while attempting to join a server or at the main menu while connecting to Battlefield 2042's online services. 

"Unable to Load Persistence Data is a connection issue on our side," said the developer on Friday at 10 am PST. "We're on it, for now you can hit Retry and attempt to join a server."

By around noon on launch day, that first wave of server issues had started to recede, but if things go haywire again, Battlefield 2042 server status updates are being posted on the Battlefield Direct Communication Twitter account.

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Players are also seeing a "Global Game Quota Exceeded" error when attempting to launch custom Battlefield Portal experiences. Part of the problem is an overabundance of XP farming matches (you can earn a limited amount of weapon XP in Portal) and seemingly too little server capacity. 

DICE knows about the problem. The developer said on Twitter (opens in new tab) that it has made XP farming modes less effective, and that it's "working to free up more servers" for Portal.

If you're having other technical issues with Battlefield 2042, the EA Help website (opens in new tab) may have the answer.

Because Battlefield 2042 isn't technically "released" on Steam (the release date for the $60 standard edition is November 19), we can't see how many concurrent Steam players it has. Those who bought the BF2042 special editions on Origin, the Epic Games Store, and consoles are also able to get in on the early launch, as are EA Play Pro subscribers.

New World is another recent example of a big multiplayer game buckling under launch stress. In that case, it was a week before things started to settle down, but its issues were fairly specific to MMOs: Popular servers were overloaded by players who wanted to be with their friends and clans. Battlefield 2042 will likely recover more quickly.

We'll update this article as the situation develops. When I can get past the "Unable to Load Persistence Data" error to play, I've been enjoying Battlefield 2042. We'll have a full review next week.

Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.