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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 patch #3.1

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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Image Credits: DICE / EA

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Dr Disrespect enjoying Battlefield 2042 thanks to new update

Battlefield 2042’s first season has had great reception since it was released, with Dr Disrespect loving the brand-new map and update.

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Popular streamer Guy Beahm, aka ‘Dr Disrespect’, has been enjoying the new Battlefield 2042 update and map, claiming it’s the best thing to happen to the franchise in years.

Battlefield 2042’s Season 1 update dropped on June 9, and despite a rough launch for the game, the new update is starting to turn heads and gain popularity.

The Battlefield 2042 Season 1 patch didn’t just fix a bunch of the issues players were having with the game, it also introduced some great new content such as the new map, Exposure, which players are loving.

Dr Disrespect seems to share the same opinion, recently enjoying the game on stream.

Battlefield 2042 got off to a rough start when it launched back in November 2021. Players were disappointed with the lack of content, as well as being disappointed with the number of bugs and issues the game had.

One major issue the community had was with the map design, but thankfully, the new update has brought a map that everyone seems to be enjoying, even Dr Disrespect, who is often openly critical of the franchise.

While streaming Battlefield 2042 on June 17, 2022, Dr Disrespect stated that the new map Exposure is “the best thing to happen to Battlefield in years”.

The Doc applauds the devs for the new update and map, saying “finally, a good decision,” as it seems he too was disappointed with some of the choices that were made by the dev team.

Battlefield 2042 has undergone a lot of change since its release, and many weren’t happy with decisions like the removal of the Scoreboard, which has now been brought back. With that being said, it seems the devs are dedicated to improving the experience in Battlefield 2042.

It’s great to see many enjoying the new map and giving Battlefield 2042 another chance, especially as the devs have been hard at work to make the game better for players.


Despite the love for Battlefield 2042’s first season, CoD fans believe Modern Warfare 2 could kill off the franchise for good.

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CoD players explain how Modern Warfare 2 can kill off Battlefield for good

With Ground War returning in Modern Warfare 2, players are hoping Infinity Ward go all out to beat Battlefield at its own game.

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Ground War, CoD’s large-scale mode, will return in Modern Warfare 2. Originally criticized for failing to capture what made Battlefield so great, players explained how MW2’s Ground War will succeed where Battlefield 2042 failed.

Ground War arrived in Modern Warfare 2019, using Verdansk’s POIs as huge playspaces for a large-scale Conquest-like game mode. While players enjoyed Ground War, many felt that it failed to capture the squad play, vehicle balance, and map flow that made Battlefield so popular.

However, the way gamers think about the Battlefield franchise has completely changed since then, with Battlefield 2042 failing at almost every hurdle. Luckily, Ground War returns in Modern Warfare 2 and those let down by 2042 hope that Infinity Ward go all out and try to use Ground War to “put the nail in the coffin” for Battlefield.

Reddit user Spartacus_115 kicked off the discussion by saying that Infinity Ward need to make changes to Ground War when it returns in Modern Warfare 2. They explained that the biggest issue it had was the objective placements and shape of the maps, which they felt were too linear.

For Modern Warfare 2, they want to see the objective positions wider, spread out, and circular, allowing for flanking routes and strategy. Many users brought up MW2019’s Promenade as an example of what they don’t want to see, where the action takes place in a long street without any opportunity for flanking.

CoD players also hope to see tighter squad play, multiple game modes, fewer sniping positions, and a better vehicle to infantry balance  – all aspects of the best Battlefield games.

Many Battlefield players moved over to CoD between Battlefield V and 2042, and the latest entry did nothing to bring them back. These ex-Battlefield players are especially hoping that Modern Warfare 2’s Ground War will be a success.

“As a Battlefield refugee I truly hope they go all in and try to put the nail in the coffin for Battlefield,” said jamslfc. “I hate to say it but same,” replied SPYDER0416, explaining that they’ve been “dying for a good Battlefield-esque experience.”

Another user said that “even if it doesn’t necessarily kill Battlefield off it could finally be a big fat wake-up call,” but they had their doubts.


For more on Modern Warfare 2, be sure to check out whether it’ll launch on Game Pass and everything we know about the campaign.

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Battlefield 2042 players actually love Season 1’s new Exposure map

DICE looked to get Battlefield 2042 back on track with the Season 1 update, and player actually love the new Exposure map.

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Although Battlefield 2042 didn’t live up to the community’s expectations, players are absolutely loving Season 1’s new Exposure map.

Over six months after launch, Battlefield 2042 Season 1 finally arrived on June 9. Bringing a Battle Pass, another Specialist, and a new map, some were disappointed with the lack of content.

Even though they don’t feel the game’s main issues have been fixed, players are loving the new Exposure map, calling it not just the best map in Battlefield 2042, but one of DICE’s best in years.

Exposure takes place in the Canadian Rockies, with the action taking place across three levels of elevation. The Battlefield 2042 subreddit has been extremely critical of the game but is actually full of love for Exposure, with a ton of players singing its praises.

Although huge 128-player battles were a major part of Battlefield 2042’s marketing, many players felt it was far too chaotic, especially when 64 players were trying to run across an open field.

Reddit user Sardunos said that “Exposure is absolutely the correct sized map for 128 players,” explaining that “it has the pacing of the 64 player maps” but with a ton of variation.

“The new map is honestly one of the best maps DICE has put out in years,” claimed Tech_Rise, with Odisseo76 calling it one of the best maps they’ve ever played in a shooter, not just in Battlefield.

MrLuBert continued the sentiment, explaining: “It’s not just better than the other maps, it’s a very, very good map. Worthy of being in any BF title.”

These are only a few of the hundreds of comments where players showed their love for DICE’s latest creation. However, with so many players returning for Season 1, they feel Exposure “really exposes how sh*tty the maps on release were.”


Battlefield 2042 Season 2 isn’t expected until September, but Warzone Season 4 and perhaps Modern Warfare 2’s beta will release in the meantime.

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