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Battlefield 2042 November 18 update patch notes: Major bug fixes & downtime

Here’s the full set of patch notes for the Battlefield 2042 November 18 update which brought bug fixes and other changes.

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The Battlefield 2042 developers have detailed everything in the game’s first update in early access, including key bug fixes, UI changes, and a few other improvements.

Battlefield 2042 is in early access and while the first official season is still some way off, the game’s full release will be on November 19. So the developers have implemented the first update patch for the title.

The update brought a few performance improvements and network connection fixes while patching up some of the bugs plaguing the game. The devs also provided the full patch notes for the update.

Battlefield 2042 November 18 update downtime

This first set of Battlefield 2042 changes arrived at 1 AM PT on November 18, following an hour of downtime. The developers implemented ‘server-side upgrades’ to reduce network issues.

They’ve also improved the performance on the Breakaway map so that players no longer have to worry about stuttering issues. Aside from that, the game has also received some helpful UI improvements.

PC players can now lock their Specialists by clicking once rather than having to tap the space bar, and Hazard Zone’s map will function as intended.

From stuttering to network problems, here’s a full rundown on all the biggest Battlefield 2042 changes in the November 18 update.

Full Battlefield 2042 November 18 patch notes

The developers promised that these changes will help smooth out the experience ahead of the worldwide launch. They also provided the full patch notes of the November 18 update for the game.

Here are all the fixes, changes, and improvements in the new update patch of Battlefield 2042.

Fixes, Changes, and Improvements

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  • Implemented Server Side upgrades that are targeted at reducing instances of Rubber Banding, often experienced in the later part of a round in All-Out Warfare modes.
  • Significantly reduced instances of stuttering when playing on Breakaway. If the Silo’s are destroyed, it should no longer reduce performance on the server.
    • A note that we are continuing to investigate similar occurrences that have been reported to us on other maps.
  • When looking at allies on your team, their names will now correctly display.
  • Adjusted the animations for Falck during the End of Round sequence to ensure that she is displayed correctly.
  • Updated a skin earnable for Boris via Mastery Progression with a new name: Gator.
  • Ensured that TDM Rounds in Battlefield Portal always start with Random Deploy set as active. We observed that this sometimes wasn’t active when moving from round to round, but have now fixed this.
  • Applied a set of measures that ensure the correct number of AI spawn in Custom Battlefield Portal modes using the Free for All preset.
  • PC Only – Enabled Specialist Selection in Hazard Zone via mouse interaction, removing the need to lock in your selection with the Spacebar.
  • Fixed a rare occurrence in Hazard Zone that would sometimes cause the End of Round flow to not activate correctly, ensuring that the correct amount of bonus XP was awarded.
  • Repaired an issue found in Hazard Zone that could cause players to be shown on the Map when they were not visible, or spotted.
  • Provided a fix for Hazard Zone players who were not seeing their Extraction Streaks updating correctly.

EA have also teased two more updates that will arrive in the next 30 days. At the time of writing, it’s unclear what exactly these new changes will be, but we’ll be sure to update you as soon as we know for sure.


For more on Battlefield 2042, be sure to check out the best PC and controller settings to get the best out of the game.

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Strange Battlefield 2042 bug lets players completely turn off enemy smoke grenades

Battlefield 2042 players have discovered a bug that allows them to completely turn off the effects of smoke grenades.

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Battlefield 2042 players have across a new bug that lets them completely negate the effects of enemy smoke grenades, making them completely useless in combat.

Battlefield 2042 has been facing quite a few problems since its arrival, from players complaining about the map design to Shroud explaining why weapon bloom is ruining the game.

Now, players have discovered a bug involving smoke grenades and one of the in-game menus, which lets players turn off the effects of that piece of gear, making it completely useless during fights.

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Reddit user Jagsfootball51 highlighted this glitch in the Battlefield 2042 subreddit. “You can completely negate a smoke grenade just by opening the menu and going to [the] Collections [tab],” they stated.

The clip showcased the Redditor looking at some enemies who then threw down a smoke grenade before attempting to revive their teammates. However, the player was able to negate the smoke grenade.

They did this by opening the in-game menu and heading to the Collections tab before returning to the game. The enemy smoke grenades had completely disappeared from their screen after this.

Many of the commenters were surprised by this glitch and expressed their frustration with how this makes grenades completely useless. “This game is so broken,” one user wrote. “This needs an insta-fix.”

At the time of writing, it’s unclear whether or not the developers are aware of this issue. Hopefully, they’ll investigate the bug and implement a fix because this might be game-breaking.


For more Battlefield content, check out our articles on the mindblowing Battlefield 2042 feature that lets players grapple onto tornadoes and the best AC-42 Assault Rifle loadout for Battlefield 2042.

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Mindblowing Battlefield 2042 feature lets players grapple onto literal tornadoes

Battlefield 2042 players have noticed an odd trick that allows players to utilize a grappling hook and tornadoes for movement.

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In Battlefield 2042, players can use a grappling hook to traverse the map with Specialist Mackay. However, some have found a bizarre use for it involving tornadoes and smoke.

Battlefield 2042 has been receiving quite a lot of stick since its launch. From players not being too happy with the map design to Shroud explaining why weapon bloom is ruining the game.

Despite these issues, players can still have a great time on Battlefield 2042. There are many vehicles and ways to traverse the huge maps, but one player may have found the most mind-blowing way to do so.

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Every now and then, Battlefield 2042 will throw a dynamic weather event into the map. This doesn’t happen very often, and when it does it is truly mesmerizing.

The tornadoes are huge and leave players no choice but to run. There is no way to stop these natural inconveniences, but one player has discovered a pretty hilarious way to utilize them.

The original post is by JedJungle, where they show off a bizarre trick that allows players to grapple onto smoke.

This is obviously quite odd, as the concept of grappling smoke doesn’t make physical sense. However, it’s a pretty useful tip, and there are definitely ways that players can come up with some interesting plays using the smoke and grapple technique.

Of course, it doesn’t stop there, as one player in the comments also pointed out that the trick works with tornadoes: “Or onto Tornados.”

This is pretty hilarious, as not only can players use the grapple to climb buildings and other solid surfaces, but it can also be used to defy physics.

While some aren’t too bothered about the “glitch,” for others it makes the game even more disappointing: “This game is disappointing me more and more. Classic EA ofc.” Perhaps this will cause the devs to look into the way in which the grapple interacts with smoke and tornadoes.


For more on Battlefield 2042, check out the November 25 patch notes.

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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.

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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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