A new Blogpost with and from Daniel Berlin, the design director of Battlefield 2042, answers numerous questions from players that had been asked of the studio since the game was revealed.
Not only are well-known features explained, but some completely new details are also revealed. We have therefore picked out all the fresh information and list it here for you.
Loadouts & Squads in Battlefield 2042
The traditional class system of Battlefield is being redesigned in the latest part and expanded to include the so-called specialists – you can read exactly what that looks like in our overview of the specialist system.
It was also previously known that the choice of a specialist only affects skills and gadgets, but not the weapons. The developers now explain how exactly the loadout can be adjusted.
One active and one passive ability per hero: Each specialist has a unique gadget and a talent (trait). Maria Falck from the support class, for example, wields the pistol with healing syringes and brings comrades back to the Squad Revive (who returns from the previous one) with full life. Both are fixed and cannot be exchanged!
Four additional free slots: Each specialist can also freely occupy four inventory slots with generally available equipment and weapons. It looks like this, for example:
Primary weapon (like the M5A3 or other rifles)
- Secondary weapon (like the Glock 57 or similar)
- Equipment (e.g. medicine or ammunition box)
- Thrown object (hand grenade, incendiary grenade, etc.)
Rocket launchers are free equipment: Every specialist can equip an explosive weapon such as the Carl Gustaf M5 or an FIM-33 AA anti-aircraft missile and thus defend himself against vehicles, but then dispenses with supply boxes, for example. The developers emphasize that they pay special attention to rocket launchers when balancing for this reason:
“We take a close look at individual components, such as ease of use, range or effectiveness against infantry and vehicles. We also introduce defensive measures against rocket launcher and ensure situations in which you would rather have something else in your luggage.”
Four players per squad confirmed: The developers confirm for the first time that the squad size is limited to four players. There will be no specialist restrictions in regular multiplayer, so a squad can have the same specialist multiple times in Conquest or Breakthrough. However, due to a large selection of different skins, these can be visually different, so the developers.
Vehikel & Roboter in Battlefield 2042
The dog-like robot Ranger was also unveiled at the shooter’s reveal (you can see him from minute 0:44 in the trailer premiere). It is now clear how exactly it works and many new details about other vehicles and the drop-in system are finally known – here are the most important key points.
Ranger counts as a vehicle, not a gadget: Strictly speaking, the four-legged robot falls into the vehicle category, but of course you cannot get on it. Nevertheless, it can be requested by any specialist using the call-in tablet and is then dropped onto the battlefield like a battle tank, for example. However, there is an upper limit for Ranger units that are active at the same time.
Ranger listens to your command: The robotic companion follows players and protects them (if necessary also with his life), but also listens to commands. It can be used, for example, as a diversionary maneuver or scout and even equipped with a C4 to storm into groups of opponents. However, fire and EMP weapons make short work of it.
How vehicle spawns work: Battlefield 2042 offers a mix of traditional systems and the call-in. Players will still start directly from the spawn screen into aircraft such as jets or helicopters, but recently they can also request land vehicles via a tablet, which are then dropped.
The call-in system has its limits: Which vehicles can be dropped by parachute depends on the mode, the map and a special point budget of your own team. In addition, the call-in goes to a cooldown as soon as the player has placed an order. For example, those who choose the Ranger do without a tank or a jeep at the same time.
Vehicles depend on the faction: In Battlefield 2042, the available vehicles and planes depend on which side of the No-Pats you are playing on. If you need a refresher, you can read our overview of who no-pats are and which parties are facing each other. For example, while the T28 (fictional successor to the Armata tank) is rolling on the Russian side, the USA has M1A5 tanks that are apparently based on the famous Abrams.
No naval battles at launch: The developers confirm amphibious vehicles such as hovercrafts, but there is no focus on battleships or maritime warfare at the time of release. But they want to listen carefully to the feedback from the community and think about appropriate content in the future, affirms DICE.
AI soldiers in Battlefield 2042
There is also new information about the bots, this time replacing the traditional solo campaign and at the same time filling up multiplayer matches. Here are the key facts about the AI fellow players.
Solo and co-op options: If you want to do without PvP completely or just want to train a bit, you can do so with bots. Players can compete against bots in the regular game modes, alone or in co-op with friends, at any time. However, this does not work offline: An internet connection is required even in solo mode.
Bots im Multiplayer: If there are not enough players on the server, it will be filled with AI soldiers. You cannot turn off bots in regular multiplayer. However, real players are always preferred in matchmaking, so that as few or as few bots as possible are required. On a 128-player server with 120 active users, 8 bots are automatically added.
Bots are not specialists: Although the AI comrades should be able to use the call-in system, control vehicles, throw grenades, revive teammates and carry out flank attacks, they are not specialists. Accordingly, they do not use any special skills such as the wingsuit, recon drones, grappling hooks or the like.
When will there finally be more gameplay?
The next big stop on the way to the start of Battlefield 2042 is EA Play Live on July 22nd – we will of course accompany the event for and with you!
Above all, the still secret game mode developed by DICE LA (now known as the Ripple Effect) is to be unveiled there.