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Fan-favorite maps confirmed for leaked Battlefield 2042 Battlehub game mode

Battlefield 2042’s new REDACTED game mode is rumored to be Battlehub. EA/DICE and rumors have confirmed that it will comprise of old maps.

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EA has confirmed that Battlefield 2042’s REDACTED mode – rumored to be called Battlehub – will feature remastered, fan-favorite maps – indicating that Tom Henderson’s leak could be accurate.

The big reveal of Battlefield 2042 came with a hot trailer, some scintillating gameplay, and additional details on what fans can expect to see in the game. But not everything is out in the open just yet, with EA and DICE being very coy over one of the game’s modes.

Listed as [REDACTED] on the official Battlefield 2042 website, the mode is being kept very hush-hush for the time being. However, leaker Tom Henderson initially pulled back the curtain with details on the potential mode, and now it seems like EA and DICE have confirmed some of this to be true.

information on battlefield 2042's unrevealed REDACTED game mode

Henderson’s leaks and snippets of pre-reveal BF2042 information turned out to be true, with him showing hand-drawn concept art for the combat robot dogs, and saying that Battlefield 2042 wouldn’t have a campaign at launch.

In reference to the new Battlehub mode, Tom had said, “Battlefield Hub is going to be the ultimate sandbox experience, and is going to be the fun game mode when it comes to Battlefield 2042.”

Now, in an EA Play 2021 discussion interview, Ripple Effect Studios General Manager Christian Grass discussed the REDACTED mode saying: “one of the components of this experience that we’re creating is that we’re adding some of the fan-favorite maps back into Battlefield 2042. But the entire experience you’ll have to wait a bit longer before we reveal what that is.”

Tom Henderson’s original description of the mode sounded like a mix-and-match of many different previous Battlefield games and eras all meshed into one super-duper game mode.

He said it’s unlikely to be very balanced, but it is going to “contain remasters of old maps from old Battlefield titles.” They will still run on the 2042 engine, and in addition to this, he says that “Specialists will also be moving over to the Battlefield Hub.”

Tom has since confirmed the maps that are expected to feature in the new Battlefield 2042 Battlehub mode:

  • Metro
  • Locker
  • Wake Island
  • Siege of Shanghai
  • Arica Harbor
  • Caspian Border

He also said: “And just to add – I’m not sure if #BATTLEHUB is the name or not.”

Some maps will be able to support 128-players for the new Battlefield Hub game mode, whereas some will only be able to support 64-players. Henderson said the difference varies based on the size of the map, and which platform it’s played on: “This to me confirms as well that this Battlefield Hub will be coming on both past and current-gen consoles.”

Players will seemingly have the option of choosing which content they want to install on their console à la Call of Duty, as it won’t be necessary to have both Hazard Zone and Battlefield Hub if players dislike one of the modes, for instance.

A final key detail that Henderson points out is the game mode “will be updated with the Battle Pass Seasons that will also be coming to 2042, so I’m guessing that new weapons, new vehicles, new maps will be coming to the Battlefield Hub, from previous games, every time the season changes.”

Henderson does make it clear at the start of the video to take all this information with a “big pile of salt,” and that’s because he’s “tried to cross-check this information with as many different people as possible, people who’ve provided with me with information and stuff in the past, and even they have flat-out refused to comment on this, or do not know what this game mode is.”

The REDACTED mode is expected to be unveiled at the Official EA Play event on July 22, and we should have a clearer idea of what the mode will be after it.

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Furious Shroud explains why weapon bloom is making Battlefield 2042 a “sh*t game”

Twitch star Shroud has chimed in on the issue of Battlefield 2042’s weapon bloom, explaining why he hates this mechanic.

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Former CS:GO pro Michael ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek has expressed his frustration with Battlefield 2042’s weapon bloom mechanic, claiming that it’s ruining the game in its current state.

Battlefield 2042 has finally arrived on PC and consoles, but the game’s launch has come with a few problems. Many players have complained about the weapon bloom mechanic, claiming that it is affecting their accuracy.

Twitch streamer Shroud has joined the ranks of players fuming with this issue, saying he hates the mechanic so much that it caused him to fly off the handle in the middle of a match.

Battlefield 2042 character holding an Assault Rifle

Many of Shroud’s shots were barely hitting their targets during his playthrough of Battlefield 2042. Considering that he’s known for having great accuracy thanks to his CS:GO career, he attributed this problem to the weapon bloom.

“Hello?” he yelled. “Dude, the gun bloom! Why is there so much? I’m shooting right at him and there’s just nothing happening, the bullets keep missing.”

Shroud was firing directly at his opponent’s head ⁠but the bullet spread was making it impossible to hit them. He cursed at the mechanic and explained that it completely ruined his accuracy.

“You can’t even predict bloom either, because if the gun does randomly go straight you have to be aiming there,” he elaborated. “Aiming to the side, there’s just no point doing that really. None of it makes sense.”

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This mechanic messes with weapon accuracy, and many players have noted that it has made weapons like Assault Rifles impossible to use. Shroud angrily stated that weapon bloom just makes the game “sh*t.”

“Only really bad games stop you from shooting straight,” he stated. “I mean, hopefully, DICE will fix it soon, but that feels like copium, honestly.”

The November 25 update made some changes to try and fix this issue. At the time of writing, it remains to be seen whether or not the developers will implement some more adjustments to weapon bloom soon.


For more Battlefield, check out which vehicle damage feature Battlefield 2042 players are begging the devs to bring back.

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Best AC-42 Assault Rifle loadout for Battlefield 2042

If you’re looking to utilize the AC-42 in Battlefield 2042, we have the best attachments, Specialist, and gadgets to use with it.

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The AC-42 is a great Assualt Rifle choice in Battlefield 2042. With consistent damage and a solid fire rate for a burst weapon, here’s how you can make the most of the best AC-42 loadout.

Although some Battlefield 2042 players have been upset with the map design, claiming they are too large, a lot of the maps have areas that encourage close-range combat. The best thing to do in these situations is to set yourself up with a solid close-range weapon.

Of course, most players will think of an SMG when it comes to close-range gunplay, but in Battlefield 2042, the AC-42 burst AR is a great choice.

Here’s the best loadout for the AC-42 in Battlefield 2042, including the attachments, gadgets, and Specialist to use.

Best Battlefield 2042 AC-42 loadout attachments

Battlefield 2042 AC-42
  • Optic: UHL-1 SMART 1.5x
  • Barrel: Warhawk Compensator
  • Ammunition: Standard Issue
  • Underbarrel: LS-1 Laser Sight

First off, we’re using the UHL-1 SMART 1.5x optic to provide a cleaner sight to shoot from. As the weapon is mostly going to be used from medium to close range, this 1.5x optic is perfect.

Next up we have the Warhawk Compensator. This barrel attachment is actually the only one in the game that doesn’t have a negative aspect. This attachment will help decrease the AC-42’s vertical recoil, making sure you stay on target.

As for the ammunition, we’ve kept it simple and stuck with the Standard Issue. This is because it has the highest amount of bullets in a magazine. This is essential for the build because you’ll need to have as many bullets as you can in a clip to finish targets off.

Lastly, we’ve gone for the LS-1 Laser Sight. As you’ll be in close-clombat a lot of the time with this loadout, the increase in hip-fire accuracy this attachment adds will help tremendously.

Best Specialist to use with the AC-42 in Battlefield 2042

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There are many Specialists to choose from in Battlefield 2042, but one, in particular, is great for getting up in the enemy’s face and repositioning, which is essential for the AC-42.

We are choosing Webster Mackay. This Specialist doesn’t just have a grappling hook, but also the Nimble passive that allows the player to move more quickly while aiming down sights.

Best Gadget to use with the AC-42 in Battlefield 2042

Ammo Crate in Battlefield 2042

We recommend that players opt for the Ammo Crate gadget for the best AC-42 Battlefield 2042 loadout. As the weapon is essentially a close-ranged burst-rifle, you’ll be spraying bullets and putting enemies down fast.

Sometimes this means you’ll be running out of ammo quickly, and you won’t want to go risk your life looking for a weapon to swap out for. That’s why we feel the Ammo Crate is the best option.

How to unlock the AC-42 in Battlefield 2042

In order to unlock the AC-42, players must reach Level 40 in Battlefield 2042’s multiplayer.

This is a pretty high level to reach in Battlefield 2042, so you’ll have to grind through ranks to unlock it. Furthermore, in order to unlock all the attachments you’ll have to get kills with the weapon, so get grinding!


There you have it, those are the best attachments and Gadgets to use, as well as the Specialist you should play to make the best Battlefield 2042 AC-42 loadout.

If you’re looking for something with additional range, check out our best set up for the SWS-10 Sniper Rifle.

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Best Battlefield 2042 guns: Every weapon ranked

Here’s every weapon in Battlefield 2042’s All-Out Warfare ranked from best to worst, and a countdown of the top 10.

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Battlefield 2042’s All-Out Warfare offers 22 weapons in a range of categories, but not every one of them can be considered one of Battlefield 2042’s best guns. So, we’ve ranked every gun from best to worst and counted down the top 10.

Battlefield 2042 has finally arrived, and DICE is working hard to fix the bugs and issues that have plagued the game since launch. The bloom mechanic stopped much of the weapons from being effective at range but now that’s fixed, there can be much more variety in their choices.

Any Specialist can use weapons from the SMG, Assault Rifle, LMG, Marksman, Sniper, Utility, and Secondary categories. But some weapons proved to be more effective than others, so we’re taking a look at the best of the best.

We’ve ranked every gun in Battlefield 2042’s All-Out Warfare and counted down the top five.

Battlefield 2042 weapons ranked list

M5A3 in Battlefield 2042 Orbital map

Before we count down the top 10 best weapons in Battlefield 2042, we’re taking a look at all 22 weapons in the game and ranking them from best to worst.

Here’s every weapon in Battlefield 2042 ranked from best to worst.

  1. LCMG
  2. SVK
  3. M5A3
  4. SWS-10
  5. K30
  6. MP9
  7. M44
  8. PBX-45
  9. NTW-50
  10. DM7
  11. DXR-1
  12. AK-24
  13. PP-29
  14. AC-42
  15. PKP-PB
  16. VCAR
  17. MCS-880
  18. 12M Auto
  19. SFAR-M
  20. G57
  21. MP28
  22. GVT 45-70

Best guns in Battlefield 2042 All-Out Warfare

10. DM7

Battlefield 2042 DM7 Marksman Rifle

The DM7 is the first Marksman Rifle you unlock in Battlefield 2042, yet it’s still an extremely solid choice. With a solid fire rate and very little recoil, you’ll be able to land multiple shots on your enemies in quick succession.

It used to struggle at range thanks to the “oppressive” bloom mechanic, but following the November 25 update, it’s a solid choice no matter the range. You’ll be able to batter opponents at close range and then use the Plus System to kit it to pick-off long-range targets.

9. NTW-50

NTW-50 Sniper Rifle in battlefield 2042

The NTW-50 is the heaviest Sniper Rifle in Battlefield 2042, but that means it packs a serious punch.

If you’re an infantry player you’ll know how difficult it is to come against vehicles, but the NTW-50 solves that problem. You’ll be able to make short work of any vehicle that crosses your path, whether that’s a Hovercraft, tank, or helicopter. Plus, it’s lethal to infantry players as well.

However, you should use the NTW-50 as much as you can, as DICE has confirmed that its vehicle damage will be nerfed in a future update.

8. PBX-45

PBX-45 SMG in Battlefield 2042

Although Battlefield 2042’s maps are massive, there are still plenty of opportunities for close-range combat. This is where the PBX-45 really shines, being a great weapon for pushing objectives and getting in enemies’ faces.

It will start to struggle at longer ranges, but keep to the confines of buildings and you’ll be able to tear through any enemy that gets in your way.

7. M44

M44 revolver in battlefield 2042

Perhaps a surprising choice, the M44 revolver is arguably the best secondary in the game.

Not only can it one-shot headshot foes, but packs a serious punch in its body damage too. You can even equip it with a 4x scope through the Plus System, making it effective at close-medium range. If you’re looking for a powerful hand cannon to run at your side, we recommend the M44.

6. MP9

Mp9 SMG in Battlefield 2042

Another SMG, the MP9 is also a great choice for getting in enemy’s faces. What makes it so effective is a fast fire rate which gives it an incredibly low TTK.

Now that bullet spread has been fixed, the MP9 is even a solid choice in mid-range fights, but you’ll need to be wary of burning through your ammo. Any SMG makes for a solid choice in Battlefield 2042, so the MP9 is well-worth your time.

5. K30

K30 SMG in Battlefield 2042

The K30, often called the KRISS Vector, is one of the best close-range options in the game. With an extremely low TTK, enemies unfortunate enough to come up against it don’t stand a chance.

Even if an objective is swarming with foes, you can use the Plus System to fit a Suppressor and run and gun without them figuring out where you’re going to strike from next. It does have a considerable kick, but stick to its ideal range and you’ll almost be unstoppable.

4. SWS-10

SWS-10 Sniper in Battlefield 2042

Battlefield has always been known for its incredibly satisfying sniping, and the SWS-10 allows for just that. Being the first Sniper Rifle you unlock, it’s become the go-to for many players – not only because it’s powerful, but because it’s fun to use.

Whether taking long-range shots or pushing onto objectives, the Plus System allows you to tailor the SWS to your preference. This allows for several sniping playstyles in one life, which is especially useful for 2042’s massive maps.

If you’re looking for some classic Battlefield sniping with an excellent all-rounder, the SWS-10 will be the Sniper Rifle for you.

3. M5A3

M5A3 assault rifle in battlefield 2042 beta

Assault Rifles are powerful tools in every FPS game, and Battlefield 2042’s M5A3 is no different. With a solid TTK and incredibly straightforward recoil, it’s the perfect all-rounder.

Fitted with a Red Dot Sight, you can easily use it for close-range engagements. Then, you can use the Plus System to attach the 4x scope and laser enemies at range.

While the other weapons on this list are powerful, the M5A3 will be an excellent choice for beginners and long-time Battlefield fans alike.

2. SVK

Battlefield 2042 SVK Marksman Rifle

The SVK Marksman Rifle is a deadly choice in Battlefield 2042, with it able to down a player in only two shots to the body and one to the head.

We’ve ranked the SVK above the SWS-10 because it’s extremely easy to use. It has incredibly fast bullet velocity so you won’t have much trouble landing those far away shots, and its semi-automatic fire rate makes it much more forgiving.

No matter your playstyle, the Plus System allows the SVK to be a dominant weapon in any situation.

1. LCMG

LCMG LMG in battlefield 2042

In the large-scale chaos of Battlefield 2042, having a huge magazine at your disposal is a powerful tool. The LCMG has proved itself to be the best weapon for Battlefield 2042’s massive battles, with its low recoil and huge ammo belt allowing players to rip through multiple enemies without ever having to worry about reloading.

It’s slightly slower than some of the other weapons on this list, but once you’ve mastered it, you’ll have no issue mowing down enemy after enemy.


Take any weapon on this list into Battlefield 2042 and you’ll be one of the most powerful forces on the battlefield.

For more Battlefield 2042, you can check out the best keybinds and settings for mouse and keyboard.

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