Since its release, Battlefield 2042 has mainly been criticized for the large matches for 128 players. On May 19th, developer DICE steps in and removes the Breakthrough 128 mode when the new 4.1 update arrives. Then the breakthrough mode is only playable as a 64-player variant.
However, some of the objectives remain: On Discarded, Manifest, Orbital and Kaleidoscope, 64 players will play on the 128 variant playing field, while the shrunken 64 variant will be used on Hourglass, Upheaval and New Beginning.
New content coming soon: Season 1 begins in early June, as the developers further explain. A leak to Battlefield 2042 had previously appeared, giving June 16 as the date.
However, the official announcement indicates that it could be a little earlier. Exactly when will be announced soon.
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Breakthrough 128 ending reasons
The developers to explain, that the size of the breakthrough mode should have meant that the performance of the individual player should not have played a major role. The games were often too chaotic.
By favoring Breakthrough 64, the front lines should now be clearer and each player should be given more space to fill out their own combat role.
What Update 4.1 brings
In addition to the ending of Breakthrough 128, Patch 0.4.1 includes other adjustments. Bug fixes and balance adjustments in particular play a role.
For example, Specialist Boris’ sentry gun has been nerfed. Angel no longer distributes Armor Plates via Supply Bag. And stocked weapons have been rebalanced, resulting in reduced base recoil but less benefit from muzzle attachments.
Battlefield 2042 at the crossroads
Battlefield 2042 was released unfinished in November 2021 and attracted a gigantic shitstorm. The developers then decided to grind the game first, which pushed the start of the first season back considerably. If you want to see the catastrophic release state again, watch our test video:
Battlefield 2042 – Release Verdict: Unfinished and out with it!
The number of players fell rapidly in the following months. Out of over 100,000 concurrent players on Steam today, only a few thousand are still active in Battlefield 2042. Probably the last remaining hope for the stumbling shooter is now on the release of Season 1.