DICE has detailed the changes and improvements that they intend to make for Battlefield 2042 in the run up to the launch of Season One. Unfortunately, this first season of post-launch content has been delayed to early Summer, but DICE aim to be open about development progress in the intervening time.
An update coming to Battlefield 2042 in March will include improvements to the scoreboard, with subsequent updates putting an emphasis on:
- Voice Communication & player profiles
- Tighter squad loop and refined ping system
- Feedback-based improvements to gunplay
- Improved reward loop
- Expanded tools, modes and tweaks to player XP gains in Battlefield portal
The broad focus on the core gameplay elements are part of the reason for DICE’s need to delay post-launch content. As they go about this, they promise to be more open to the community and will incorporate feedback in a three step process for gathering and then enacting change:
We will present specific, major focus areas to you along with our current thinking, detailing where we’re planning to make changes.
We’ll then take the time to observe and listen to the conversations that you go on to have about both the area of concern and our proposals for adjustment.
Later, you’ll hear from us on the topic again but this time your feedback will have been factored into our consideration and guided the decisions made for improvements.
The first area that they will discuss in map design, with common complaints about BF2042’s maps that they are bland, feature wide open spaces without enough cover and interest, and that there’s some bad objective placement.
With adjustments to their design process in mind, they have decided they need time to prepare for a year of content with four Seasons that will add four new Specialists, new locations and other new content to the game.
By way of apology to those that have bought the more expensive versions of Battlefield 2042 – the Gold and Ultimate editions – they will be giving those players a Steadfast Exclusive Legendary Bundle, which includes the following:
Further reading: Battlefield 2042 guide – 10 tips to get you started
Battlefield 2042 is out now for PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One and PC. The game touts 128-player battles on the more powerful systems, with PS4 and Xbox One limited to the series’ long-standing 64-player limit. That’s in addition to the new Hazard Zone mode that blends together a variety of inspirations for a new squad-based experience, and Battlefield Portal, which revives classic maps and gameplay from past games.
In our Battlefield 2042 review we scored it a fair 6 out of 10, knocking points off for clunky design features, yet praising parts of the core tactical gameplay and the genius Battlefield Portal:
“There’s a good game to be found within the Battlefield 2042 and fun to be had as the spectacle of Battlefield’s signature gameplay is taken to new, more expansive heights, but it’s marred by a handful of unsuccessful gameplay design changes, hurriedly implemented features and bugs at launch.”