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Battlefield 2042 dev responds to claims that bug completely resets recoil

A Battlefield 2042 player believed they found a bug that completely resets recoil, and a senior developers has issued a response.

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A Battlefield 2042 player believed they found a nifty glitch that completely reset the recoil on their weapon, but a senior developer shut down the claims.

Battlefield 2042 suffered an infamously poor launch, with Steam reportedly still offering refunds to players. However, DICE have returned from their holiday break and will be looking at the major changes that need to be made.

A player claimed that an exploit that allows players to reset their recoil flew under the radar, but Lead Game Designer Florian ‘DRUNKKZ3’ Le Bihan gave an in-depth response explaining the issue.

Battlefield 2042 soldiers in front of a helicopter

Battlefield 2042 players were extremely disappointed in the bullet spread mechanic, which made it nearly impossible to hit enemies at range. This has since been dialed back, but there appears to be another issue that completely resets recoil.

Twitter user ‘SgtDangerCow’ tweeted out that “currently if you crouch whilst firing, you essentially ‘reset’ your vertical recoil.” In the video attached, we can see the aim point moves back to the starting position, essentially resetting the recoil.

DICE’s community manager Kevin Johnson said the issue would be passed on, and tagged Lead Game Designer Florian Le Bihan, who gave an in-depth explanation.

“There really isn’t anything wrong,” explained Le Bihan. “When you go crouch the camera translates downwards which moves the point of aim down like any FPS. Recoil pitches the camera upwards as you fire which is also expected.”

He continued, “In this case scenario you are firing at an object pretty close and it just happened that when you went crouch, the camera moved down enough to more or less move your sight close enough to where your first shot was hitting.”

Le Bihan then concluded that this strategy would likely be far less effective at a longer range. While SgtDangerCow agreed with his points, they stressed that this may cause crouch spam in lower gunfights, but Le Bihan believes crouch spam is a separate issue.

So if you’re struggling to control a weapon’s wild kick at close-range, you could potentially use this trick to ‘reset’ the recoil. But this isn’t a glitch or a bug, it’s just how the game’s physics works.

For more Battlefield 2042, you can check out how many people are playing in 2022.

Image Credit: DICE / EA

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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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Battlefield 2042 Update 3.2 patch notes: Stability improvements, major bug fixes & Portal XP changes

Here are the full patch notes for Battlefield 2042’s 3.2 update, which includes tank buffs, changes to Portal XP, and major bug fixes.

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Battlefield 2042’s first update of 2022 has arrived, with Update 3.2 bringing major bug fixes, stability improvements, changes to Portal XP, and buffs to the M1A5 and T28 tanks.

Battlefield 2042 has been plagued by major bugs and glitches over the holidays, but DICE are working on getting the game back on track. Alongside announcing the 3.3 Update in February, which finally brings a Scoreboard, they’ve also dropped the Update 3.2 patch notes.

This update will include Portal XP buffs as well as some major bug fixes, so here are the full patch notes.

Battlefield 2042 Update 3.2 release date & time

Battlefield 2042’s 3.2 Update will release on January 20 at 12 AM PT / 3 AM ET / 8 AM GMT.

DICE confirmed that there won’t be any downtime for the update, so you can play as soon as the update is downloaded.

Portal XP buffed in Battlefield 2042 Update 3.2

Battlefield 3.2 update portal xp buff

DICE revealed that they’re buffing Portal XP with the 3.2 update, “increasing the per minute XP cap across all Battlefield Portal modes to 300.”

They’re also changing it so that the XP earned in each experience “will now be determined by which modifiers you use, and whether the Rules Editor, Damage/Health modifiers, or AI are enabled.” You can check out all of the changes in the image above.

A future update will include a UI indicator showing if a created mode will have progression restrictions.

Battlefield 2042 Update 3.2 patch notes

Fixes, Changes, and Improvements

General

  • Fixed an issue where leaving a party during matchmaking could make the game unresponsive
  • Fixed an issue where connecting to EA servers after signing up with a new account would not work on the first attempt
  • Updated behavior of the quit button during gameplay so it now returns you to the correct screen
  • Fixed an issue where the loading music would stop playing during level load

Soldier

  • Fixed a rare occurrence where after landing with the Wingsuit, hits wouldn’t always register on some parts of Sundance’s hitbox
  • Fixed occurrences of rubberbanding when running behind friendly players
  • Fixed a rare issue that could cause you to be stuck in both an alive, and downed loop
  • Fixed a variety of issues with attaching to ladders that could cause you to get stuck in a state where you could fly away or lose control of your Specialist
  • Fixed an issue where soldier movement speed was impaired by nearby explosions that spawned craters
  • Fixed an issue where camera shake and audio for landing would unintentionally trigger when dropping from very small heights
  • Fixed an issue where weapons from a Loadout Crate would sometimes inherit ammo from the previously selected weapon
  • Fixed an issue where being spotted when firing a weapon would spot you for too long

Stability

  • Added multiple fixes to improve overall game stability 
  • Fixed a rendering related crash that could occur for AMD Radeon VII users while Sundance was visible on screen

Weapons

  • Sniper and SOFLAM scope glints now show from a further distance

Vehicles

  • Fixed an issue where passenger weapons would no longer be in sync whenever the driver’s turret would rotate, causing bullets to not register when firing at enemies
  • M1A5, T28 – improved the effective range and reduced spread on Canister Weapon Pod
    • Reduced Bullet Spread from 1.6 -> 1.1
    • Increased Damage Fall Off Distance from 35 -> 40

Battlefield Hazard Zone

  • Fixed a black rectangle being present on screen during Hazard Zone end of round when hitting quit at the level progress screen

Battlefield Portal

  • The Server Info tab now persists after hitting Refresh in the Portal Server Browser
  • Fixed an issue where text would overlap when joining a Team Deathmatch game during the end of round sequence
  • Rules Editor – the “IsInventorySlotActive” value now correctly handles melee weapons
  • Certain admin commands can no longer be spammed

Battlefield 2042’s Update 3.3 will drop in February and the long-awaited Season 1 is expected to arrive in March.

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