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Battlefield 2042 Update Hundreds of Fixes, Voice Chat and Tweaks

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Battlefield 2042 is getting voice chat this week, as well as around 400 tweaks, bug fixes, and some balance changes. The VOIP update will be downloadable at 8 am UTC on Tuesday, which is 1 am Pacific, 4 am Eastern, and 9 am in the UK. There is no server downtime scheduled.

In February, DICE announced that Battlefield 2042’s first season, which will come with a new map, specialist, and a battle pass, would be delayed from spring to summer while the developer makes “extensive fixes” and adds new features, such as the voice chat system being added this week.

The season one delay was a response to Battlefield 2042’s unfortunate reception—its Steam user reviews are “Mostly Negative”—but adding built-in VOIP was actually part of the plan even before Battlefield 2042’s release. The publisher told me in November of last year that voice chat would be added “ASAP” after release.

One change that wasn’t planned before release was a redesign of the scoreboard. Instead of ranking every player on the server, Battlefield 2042’s original scoreboard focused on squad stats. The team-focused angle was a nice try from DICE, but we are vain and want to know who has the best K/D ratio—a lot of players hated it. In early March, DICE replaced that new-style scoreboard with a more traditional one, and this week’s update will make that full scoreboard viewable at the end of a round, another much-requested change.

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The Battlefield 2042 4.0 Update notes come with more than 250 bullet points, and according to DICE community manager Kevin Johnson, there are over 400 fixes and quality of life advancements in the patch.

  • A persistent bug that blocks reviving when players are downed close to an object has apparently been fixed.
  • The differences between certain weapon attachments have been made less subtle.
  • Assists will be awarded more liberally.
  • Bolte passengers should be easier to shoot.
  • Numerous bugs and inconsistencies related to specialist abilities are addressed.

According to DICE designer Florian Le Bihan, the patch notes don’t mention everything, including “changes to mouse aiming” that should make sensitivity work “similar to previous BF titles.”

The next major Battlefield 2042 update is planned for May and will get “further quality of life updates and bug fixes,” according to DICE.

The next aspect of Battlefield 2042 that DICE will propose changes to is one that’s been even more aggressive than map design: the specialist characters, whose usurping of the typical class system has been a primary source of suffering for Battlefield traditionalists.

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