If you run into any trouble during any of these steps, first check the FAQ page for common problems and solutions.
After that, if you still need assistance then join our Discord server and request help in the #tech-support channel.
1 - Install a legitimate version of Battlefield 2142
There are three main versions of the game which are supported:
-Standard Edition Retail DVD
-Deluxe Edition Retail DVD
-Deluxe Edition Digital Download (i.e. Origin)
It is irrelevant which one you begin with, since they will all be equivalent after everything is patched up. If you do not currently own any of these, it is recommended to purchase a 2nd hand copy of one of the Retail DVD editions. Amazon, eBay, or a local used video game store are usually the typical places to look for 2nd hand games like these. If you are buying online, make sure the listing specifically states that the manual is included. This is important, since the serial code required for installation is printed on the back cover of the manual. Also, if possible prior to purchasing, make sure the edition of the disc (Standard or Deluxe) matches the edition of the manual. Mixing these up will prevent you from installing the game. If your PC is missing a DVD-ROM drive, then it is recommended to purchase one here or visit the FAQ page for more details regarding this.
NOTE: The Origin edition is only available to users who have purchased/registered the game prior to June 2014. New Origin purchases are not available after this date.
2 - Update the game to v1.51 (skip this step if using the Origin edition)
Please download and install this updater to fully patch any Retail DVD edition of the game to v1.51. The Origin edition already ships fully updated to v1.51 so this step is not required for that edition.
3 - Install the maps
Please download and install this MapPack to install nearly all of the maps required to play on the Reclamation Battlefield 2142 game servers.
4 - Install the BF2142 Hub
Please download and install the BF2142 Hub.
5 - Apply the OpenSpy patch
Within the BF2142 Hub, click on the Help tab. Under Step 2: GameSpy Patch, click the OpenSpy (Current) radio button and then click the yellow Patch button just to the right of it.
6 - Check for and install additional maps
Within the BF2142 Hub, click on the Maps tab. If any map names appear under Available (i.e. the left column) please click on one of them to highlight it, followed by clicking the double green arrows [>>] to install it. Repeat this for each map appearing in the left column until there are none left.
7 - Adjust video settings
Within the BF2142 Hub, click on the Settings tab. Under Current Resolution you may select a specific resolution to run in windowed mode. If you wish to run the game in fullscreen instead, simply check the box next to Fullscreen.
8 - Launch the game
On the Home tab of the BF2142 Hub, you will find a yellow Play button towards the right side of the window. Click this button to launch the game.
9 - Create an account
After the game launches and you arrive at the login menu, you must first create an account on the OpenSpy system. If you have already done so previously, then enter in your login information to continue and skip this step. Otherwise, click on CREATE NEW ACCOUNT to begin the process.
Please read the TERMS AND CONDITIONS carefully, most notably how your password is stored remotely in plain text. After accepting, fill out the account creation form and then click on CREATE. Please note that much of this information is irrelevant, and therefore false information may be used. The only items of importance are the ACCOUNT NAME and PASSWORD, which you should write down since OpenSpy account name/password retrieval is non-functional. If you receive any type of error after clicking CREATE, please consider if the desired ACCOUNT NAME, PASSWORD, or EMAIL ADDRESS may have been previous used before and then try different entries for those fields.
NOTE: Old EA accounts created prior to June 2014 no longer exist, since they were stored on servers which have been long shut down. A new OpenSpy-based account is required.
10 - Soldier up and join the action
After creating an account or logging in, you will be presented with the soldier selection screen. Your soldier name is what you will be referred to within the game. Either click on CREATE NEW SOLDIER or SELECT an existing one.
After fully logging in with your soldier, you will be presented with the Battlefield 2142 main menu. At the top left is the navigation menu. It is recommended to first navigate to OPTIONS to adjust your VIDEO and AUDIO settings. Once that's done you may go BACK to the main menu and click on MULTIPLAY to enter the online multiplayer menu. Click on the ADVANCED tab and uncheck all the filter boxes at the bottom of the screen. Click UPDATE LIST to populate the server list. Last but not least, to join your desired server simply double-click it within the list.
NOTE: Reclamation US, Reclamation EU, and Reclamation Remaster are the only three official servers currently supported by the Reclamation Team.