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Battlefield 2042 December 9 Update #3.1 patch notes: Major bug fixes, hit registration, balancing, & more

Here are the full patch notes for Battlefield 2042’s Update #3.1, which is a minor update following the #3 patch.

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Battlefield 2042 devs DICE are releasing a follow-up to the huge patch that arrived on December 2. This patch on December 9 will fix major bugs and issues with hit registration amongst other things. Here are the full update #3.1 patch notes.

Battlefield 2042 hasn’t enjoyed the smoothest of launches. Fans of the franchise have been displeased with the bug-filled Battlefield experience thus far. Fortunately, DICE have been putting together a patch that is set to fix a lot of the current issues within the game.

December 2’s update #3 was just the beginning of a major update making its way to Battlefield 2042. Therefore, December 9’s update is set to expand on the update that went live just a week ago.

Battlefield 2042 Update #3.1 release time

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Battlefield 2042’s Update #3.1 will go live at 12 AM PT / 3 AM ET / 8 AM GMT on December 9, 2021.

Although an official release time has yet to be revealed, it is customary for updates to go live at 12 AM PT / 3 AM ET / 8 AM GMT.

Battlefield 2042 improvement to hit registration

SVK Marksman Rifle in Battlefield 2042

Hit registration has been one of the most widespread concerns from the Battlefield 2042 community. The devs took their first step towards fixing the issues in Update #3. With #3.1 DICE continues to tweak this issue.

They confirmed that they have issued “improvements to bullets hit registration consistency and balance changes for bullet dispersion and recoil.”

Bug fixes coming to Battlefield 2024

Helicopter in Battlefield 2042

In addition to weapon and vehicle balancing, DICE has made a point to eliminate annoying bugs from Battlefield 2042.

Thanks to the #3.1 update players will no longer experience the frustration of battling invisible enemies. Although this was a rare bug, there’s no place for it in the game. Bugs related to Grenades and Launchers have also been adjusted.

Quality of life improvement in Battlfield 2042

Soldier in Battlefield 2042

It seems as though DICE is looking to make the game more enjoyable for players by offering some much-needed aesthetic improvements.

The first of these comes in the form of audio enhancements. This patch will bring forth “Multiple audio improvements to enhance your overall sound experience, focused on clarity, distance and directional perception”. Better audio quality should result in a better gaming experience.

Players can also expect menu improvements that will allow Xbox players to opt-out of Cross-play quicker.

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Battlefield 2042 update #3.1 patch notes

Update 0.3.1

Fixes, Changes, and Improvements

General

  • Players that are not the Party Leader can now cancel while waiting in a queue
  • Xbox – Cross-Play can now be enabled/disabled in the Options menu on Xbox
  • Your Sort settings will now be correctly remembered when refreshing the Battlefield: Portal Server Browser
  • Fixed an issue where loadouts would sometimes be empty on the spawn screen after joining a server, preventing weapon selection
  • Made improvements to ensure Aim Assist is more consistent during console gameplay
  • Ranger’s effective combat range and overall health has been decreased

Audio

  • Made various tweaks to the overall audio experience to improve clarity, distance, and directional perception
  • Fixed an issue where soldiers would not always play indoor specific footsteps

Weapons

  • Removed bounce from Underbarrel Grenades when firing at short distances
  • 40mm AP Grenades now properly damage vehicles
  • Fixed some weapons displaying wrong ammo counts for specific magazines
  • DXR-1 and NTW-50 Bolt Action rifles reload animation increased by 0.2 seconds
  • Adjusted dispersion values for most weapons, which results in a faster dispersion decrease when tap firing or doing short bursts
  • Adjusted dispersion increases for most weapons. It now takes slightly longer for weapons to become overly inaccurate in sustained fire
  • Adjusted the recoil values to prevent over aggressive recoil jumps for the AK24, LCMG, PKP-BP, SFAR-M GL, and PP-29
  • Improved hip fire accuracy for all SMGs to make them better stand-out from other automatic weapon archetypes
  • LMG dispersion and recoil lowered to improve performance in sustained fire
  • Additional improvements to recoil control for all weapons, more specifically automatic weapons.
  • Increased close range damage and consistency of the MCS-880 when using Buckshot Shell or Flechette Shells
  • Fixed a bug that caused bullets to be fired below the player’s aims for the SFAR-M GL and the K30

Vehicles

  • Fixed a bug where vehicle weapons sometimes did not deal blast damage on a direct hit
  • We’re reducing the Ground Vehicle 30mm Cannon effectiveness versus infantry. It now overheats faster, has a slightly reduced rate of fire and blast damage, and increased fall off damage at distance
    • Rate of Fire 350 -> 330
    • Heat Per Bullet 0.13 -> 0.14
    • Heat Drop Per Second 0.5 -> 0.475
    • Blast Damage 20 -> 18
  • LCAA Hovercraft – 40mm GPL Grenade Launcher
    • Blast Damage lowered from 55 -> 35
  • The 40mm Utility Pod upwards firing angle is now easier to use
  • EBAA Wildcat – 57mm Cannon
    • Removed dispersion
    • Ammo 12 -> 8
    • Impact Damage 85 -> 75
    • Blast Damage 70 -> 35

Gadgets

Frag Grenade

  • Increased the time to detonate a Frag Grenade from 1.1s -> 1.4s after first bounce on a hard collision
  • Increased damage of Frag Grenades across game modes to deal 120 damage and guarantee a kill on armored players too
  • Reduced Frag & Incendiary Grenade max ammo account from 2 -> 1

Prox Sensor

  • Lowered spotting radius from 30m -> 20m
  • Lowered uptime from 30s -> 14s
  • Lowered amount of Prox Sensor a player can carry and deploy from 2 -> 1

Battlefield Hazard Zone

  • Fixed an issue that caused the roaming Occupying Forces LATV4 Recon to spawn at the wrong times or not at all

Breakthrough

  • Kaleidoscope – Rooftop Capture Objective has been removed. There are now two Capture Objective at the bottom in BT large and one at the bottom in BT small
  • Orbital – Rooftop Capture Objective has been removed. There is now a single Capture Objective at the bottom in BT large and BT small
  • Hourglass – Rooftop Capture Objective has been removed. There is now a single Capture Objective at the bottom in BT large and BT small. Also fixed an issue where players were spawning out of bounds

Soldier

  • Improvements on back pedaling into objects when being in prone position
  • Fixed a rare issue where players could turn invisible when spawning on a full/destroyed vehicle

For more Battlefield 2042, you can also check out all of the fastest ways to level up.

Image Credits: DICE / EA

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Battlefield 2042 dev apologizes & removes “slap in the face” Portal mode

Battlefield 2042 added a ‘bot farm’ mode to Portal’s featured experiences, and a dev apologized before removing it.

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Battlefield 2042 devs added a new zombies mode to Portal, but it quickly became clear that it could be used as an XP farm. Players called it a “slap in the face” and a Battlefield Portal dev has since apologized and the mode has been removed.

Battlefield Portal gives players an incredible amount of tools to create their own modes using assets from previous Battlefield games and 2042. After assuring players that it couldn’t be used to farm XP, the devs almost completely removed Portal XP after the browser was full of XP farms.

The devs made changes to Portal XP in January 20’s Update 3.2, increasing the XP cap for unofficial servers. Then, they released the Zombie Survival mode that acted exactly like an XP farm and quickly removed it following backlash.

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Battlefield 2042 players have been desperate for Portal XP to be reenabled after it was removed from custom modes to prevent XP farms. Developers Ripple Effect increased the Portal XP cap in the January 20 update, but it’s still not as much as players would like.

Then, later on January 20, the devs added the Zombie Survival mode which players called an “official bot farm.” In this mode, players would battle waves of AI enemies who would be extremely easy to kill, earning a ton of XP and Mastery rewards in the process.

Twitter user 235Nuke said the Zombie Survival mode is “a slap in the face to gaming communities and others whom [sic] want to run experiences in portal. This zombie mode is an official bot farm which is why XP was restricted in portal.”

This tweet prompted a response from Ripple Effect’s Senior Design Director Justin Wiebe, who apologized.

“I’m not going to lie, this one shouldn’t have gotten through our review process,” said Wiebe. “I think our desire to create a fun zombies mode clouded our ability to see such a simple thing like the impact it would have on progression. I’m very sorry for the hardship this has caused.”

More and more players had the same complaint as 235Nuke and the developers removed the mode on January 21, replacing it with Gun Master 2042.

DICE is committed to getting Battlefield 2042 back on track, revealing that the next major patch will be Update 3.3 in February.

Then, Season 1 is expected to launch in March bringing new content such as the Exposure map.

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How to fix Battlefield 2042 Error Code 3:9001

Battlefield 2042 players have been unable to launch the game after the Error Code 3:9001 popped up, but we have a simple fix.

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Battlefield 2042 devs have released the first update of 2022, but Update 3.2 has caused the frustrating Error Code 3:9001 which prevents Steam players from launching the game. But, we’ve got a simple fix for the issue.

Battlefield 2042 has been suffering from numerous bugs, glitches, and crashes, and DICE attempted to solve some of the worst offenders with January 20’s Update 3.2.

Unfortunately, this has caused the ‘Error Code 3:9001’ to pop up, preventing Steam users from launching the game.

Luckily, there’s a simple fix for the issue, so you can get back to playing Battlefield 2042 in no time.

How to fix Error Code 3:9001 in Battlefield 2042

Battlefield 2042 Specialists in Hazard Zone mode

While Battlefield 2042’s Error Code 3:9001 is frustrating, there’s an easy way to get around it by changing some settings within Steam.

Here’s how to get rid of Battlefield 2042’s 3:9001 Error Code:

  1. Open your Steam Library
  2. Right-click on Battlefield 2042
  3. Select Properties
  4. Select Updates
  5. Hit the drop down arrow underneath ‘Automatic Updates
  6. Select ‘Only update this game when I launch it
  7. Launch Battlefield 2042 through Steam
Battlefield 2042 Steam update settings menu

What appears to have gone wrong here was Steam didn’t automatically download the update for players, so the error code has popped up when players tried to launch an out-of-date version of Battlefield 2042.

However, setting the game to only ‘only update when I launch it’ will force the game to recognize and begin installing the update. Then, hopefully, you’ll be able to resume playing Battlefield 2042 as soon as the update’s over.

Battlefield 2042’s next update is scheduled for February, which finally brings a proper Scoreboard to the game. Then, Season 1 is expected to begin in March, bringing a new map.

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Battlefield 2042 could go free-to-play after EA “very disappointed” with release

EA are reportedly considering a free-to-play model for Battlefield 2042 after its poor release and low player count.

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According to reliable leaker Tom Henderson, EA are reportedly “very disappointed” with Battlefield 2042’s launch and are considering making the game free-to-play in some capacity.

The free-to-play model has been adopted by almost every publisher in the games industry, pulling in as many players as possible and then selling in-game cosmetics to rake in an incredible amount of money.

Microsoft made the incredible decision to make Halo Infinite’s multiplayer free-to-play, and Warzone, Fortnite, and Apex continue to dominate the shooter market.

Many expected Battlefield 2042’s Hazard Zone to be the free-to-play offering, but this wasn’t the case. However, it’s been reported that EA are considering adding a free-to-play element to the game after its disappointing launch.

Battlefield 2042 helicopters fighting

Battlefield 2042 was one of the most anticipated shooters of 2021 but issues such as poor performance, the disappearance of the classic class system, and the controversial bullet spread mechanic turned away both new and returning players.

A declining player count has meant that 2018’s Battlefield V has had more players on Steam, and EA are reportedly “very disappointed” with how it has performed.

Industry insider Tom Henderson reported the news on January 20, claiming that EA are “looking at all options” with Battlefield 2042, which includes looking at free-to-play “in some capacity.”

It remains to be seen what this free-to-play model may look like, but Henderson said that he’ll reveal more information on January 21.

The community wasn’t convinced that going free would help Battlefield 2042, as the issues are rooted in the game itself. “Making it F2P will only give them another 10k players for like 2 weeks and then those players will leave,” said one player. “This game is gonna get ditched.”

“Sadly, I’m happy that they’ve admitted being very disappointed with it,” explained another popular leaker, TheMW2Ghost. “Hopefully that’ll shift the game in the right direction, and adding a **scoreboard** to the game isn’t seen as an incredible act of legacy feature implementation.”

DICE recently unveiled plans to add a proper Scoreboard to Battlefield 2042, and while fans were happy to see it return, they were shocked it was never there in the first place.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated with more information surrounding EA’s future plans for Battlefield 2042.

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