Battlefield 2042 features a unique new mechanic, the Plus System, that allows players to change their weapon attachments mid-game. Now the Open Beta is here, we know exactly how to change attachments on the fly.
Battlefield 2042’s Open Beta is here, giving players a feel for what the latest entry the blockbuster franchise has to offer. The game boasts 128 players on massive maps, a new Specialist Operator system, and the ability to call in vehicles.
On top of all this, Battlefield 2042 features a brand-new Plus System that allows players to switch their weapon attachments on the fly.
Here’s everything you need to know about this unique new system.
- What is the Battlefield 2042 Plus System?
- How to change attachments in Battlefield 2042
What is the Battlefield 2042 Plus System?
Battlefield 2042’s Plus System allows players to change their weapon attachments mid-game. However, it’s also the only way to change weapon attachments in the Beta – you can no longer do it in the deploy screen.
This allows players to continuously change their playstyle during a round. For example, they can switch out a 3x Scope for a Red Dot if they plan on taking a close-range fight.
DICE described the system as “intuitive, easy to use, and best of all FAST,” so players shouldn’t be stuck fiddling with attachments in a firefight.
How to change weapon attachments in Battlefield 2042
Changing attachments is as simple as holding down the designated button to bring up the Plus Menu, and from here, select alternate attachments from four categories. Once you’ve made your selection, release the button, and your choices will be instantly applied.
How to use Plus System on PC / mouse and keyboard
To use the Plus System on PC, you just need to hold down the “T” key, left-click on the attachment you want to select, and release the “T” key to equip.
Alternatively, you can bring up the Plus System, then use keybinds to cycle through attachments.
How to use Plus System on Xbox controllers
On Xbox controllers, you bring up the Plus System with LB, then use the directional buttons to select the attachment, then release LB to equip your loadout.
However, (using an Xbox controller on PC) the directional buttons don’t always seem to work. Instead, you need to use the ABXY buttons to cycle attachments. These correspond to the location on the attachment menu, e.g, Y is at the top, so changes the Sight attachment.
How to use Plus System on PlayStation controllers
PlayStation players just need to hold L1, use the directional buttons to select, then release L1 to equip the attachments.
The same problem may also be on PlayStation, where players need to use Cross, Circle, Triangle, and Square to cycle through the attachments.
And that’s how you use Battlefield 2042’s new Plus System! For more Battlefield guides, you can check out the best PC settings for the Beta.
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Battlefield 2042 devs buff controller aim assist following Beta feedback
Following feedback from the Battlefield 2042 official Beta, the game’s devs have decided to increase aim assist for controller players.
EA and DICE have decided to buff controller aim assist in Battlefield 2042 after complaints that “it was too low” in the Battlefield 2042 Beta.
One of the biggest differences between controller and mouse and keyboard players is the freedom to aim. Battlefield 2042 is no different, and the devs have confirmed that they’ve buffed controller aim assist to keep gameplay between the two input methods more consistent.
The Battlefield 2042 Beta allowed the devs to learn a lot about the game and how it copes when filled with dozens of players. Now, they have taken that feedback on board, and Battlefield 2042 controller players should be more satisfied in the game’s final release.
The information has come as a result of an official EA blog post entitled: “Battlefield Briefing – What We Learned From The Open Beta.”
It discussed a ton of details regarding the Beta, what went well, what could be improved on, and EA outed multiple areas that will be different when Battlefield 2042 comes out.
“We’ve also heard your feedback on Aim Assist strength on controllers. You helped to show us that it was too low, so we’ve worked to improve this experience, making it more familiar to players who played with us in past titles.”
Whereas mouse and keyboard players have free reign to do as they please with their aiming, controller players have to adjust their sensitivity settings to achieve the desired outcome – and even then it’s not always as accurate as can be.
This is why games provide a handy lock-on boost for controller players called “aim assist,” this mechanic allows players to snap on closer to the target when aiming, and it should now be stronger in Battlefield 2042.
There is a whole host of other changes that will be implemented between now and the full release of Battlefield 2042, EA and DICE will hope they’ll be enough to provide solid competition for CoD: Vanguard and Halo Infinite.
Also, check out the full list of changes that will be made to Battlefield 2042 following Beta feedback.
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Battlefield 2042 devs reveal major changes from Beta to launch
Following the Battlefield 2042 Beta, the game’s developers have revealed the major changes made to the game for its launch on November 19.
DICE has revealed a wide range of changes that players will experience from the version of Battlefield 2042 that was available during the Beta and the launch version that will be released on November 19, 2021.
There has been a great deal of excitement brewing in the video game world regarding the newest entry in the fan-favorite Battlefield franchise in 2021 with Battlefield 2042 scheduled to release on November 19.
Battlefield 2042 will be bringing plenty of new elements to the high-profile series with the addition of Specialists being one of the new features coming.
Following the game’s Beta, DICE has provided a detailed breakdown of all of the changes that players will see from the version of the game that was playable in the Beta and the launch version of Battlefield 2042.
Battlefield 2042 Beta changes
It is not unusual for games to undergo changes from their Beta version to how they will be on launch day with Battlefield 2042 receiving the following changes for launch to start off the developer’s summary of the Beta.
- Increased the number of Tanks that you’ll experience on Orbital. It’s up from 4, to 8 on PC, Xbox Series X|S, and PlayStation 5.
- Made changes to movement, adding strafe input to sliding, adding the ability to vault on moving objects, and toning down jump spamming.
- A nearby Grenade Indicator has been added.
- Entry and Exit animations are now shorter, with some being removed entirely.
- Elevators have been fixed so that you see less funky behaviours with doors.
DICE also stated that the reason why the version of Battlefield 2042 that was playable in the Beta was not the most up to date build was due to branching which “allows us to strip out all of the unnecessary systems, content, and mechanics that are still under various forms of testing, and polish up what you sometimes hear referred to as a Vertical Slice of the game,” said DICE.
“We work hard to optimise it, stamp out critical bugs, and drive for maximum compatibility and performance on known hardware,” DICE continued. “By stripping out other content and systems, we remove potential conflicts that keep things running in the best possible manner.”
Following the discussion of the game’s version for the Beta and launch, DICE went on to explain how the studio has made great strides in its matchmaking for Battlefield 2042 with updates to stop players from being put in Bot majority lobbies and being placed on servers outside of their region.
One of the most glaring missing features from Battlefield 2042 in the Beta was a map that players could use to see the entire map at once, but this Big Map will indeed be in the launch version of Battlefield 2042.
The Commorose communication system that allows players to quickly communicate with their teammates regarding what they are doing will also be in the launch version of the game after not being available in the Battlefield 2042 Beta.
A ping system will also be ready for players to use when Battlefield 2042 launches, while the compass feature has gotten an update to provide better communication abilities for players to their teammates.
DICE also went on to explain how the first 4 to 6 hours of the game players will have access to loadouts which are fully customizable and allow players to choose from a group of various gadgets before they gain access to the use of the Specialist characters.
“For the first 4-6 hours in the full game, expect to be working with a reduced array of gadgets for your open gadget slot, with your journey through the ranks slowly introducing new ones for your loadouts. That traditional experience of a Battlefield game, where classes fulfill traditional roles is an experience that you graduate out of through the first ten levels. Your Specialists will have the options to choose from a Medical Crate, Ammo Crate, the Recoilless M5 Launcher, and our Repair tool as starting gadgets, and enable the experience of playing in ways that allow players to feel the benefit of playing in more supportive roles,” DICE stated.
These are some of the biggest highlights of the changes that have been made from the Battlefield 2042 Beta to the launch version that will be available for players to experience on November 19, 2021.
You can read about all of the changes that will be made in the official Battlefield 2042 blog post about the game’s development.
- Read More: Is Battlefield 2042 free to play?
For more Battlefield 2042, check out everything you need to know about the Hazard Zone game mode and stay tuned for future news and guides.
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All Battlefield 2042 Specialists: Classes, Gadgets, abilities, Traits
Here’s everything you need to know about Battlefield 2042’s new Specialist class system, and all of the confirmed Specialists.
Battlefield 2042 has changed up the traditional four-class system to have you play as Specialists, international soldiers with different gadgets and abilities. Here’s every Specialist arriving in Battlefield 2042.
Battlefield 2042 has swapped out the traditional class system to include Specialists who belong to one of four classes – Recon, Assault, Support, and Engineer.
While you can use any weapon with any Specialist, they each have different gadgets and abilities to make them specialize in certain situations.
The next iteration of Battlefield will launch with 10 Specialists to choose from, with more being added in each season’s Battle Pass. Ahead of Battlefield 2042’s launch, all ten Specialists have now been revealed.
Thanks to DICE, here’s every confirmed Specialist in Battlefield 2042 and their abilities.
Battlefield 2042 Recon Specialists
- Trait: Trojan Network
- Specialty: Cyber Warfare Suit
Navin Roa will be the perfect Specialist to sneak up on enemies and cause havoc in their objectives.
His Trojan Network Trait allows him to hack an enemy, killing them to reveal all nearby enemies. And he can also take control of enemy equipment and in-world, such as raising bollards from a distance to cut off enemy vehicles.
- Trait: Threat Perception
- Specialty: EMG-X Scanner
Although a Recon Specialist, South Korean Specialist Ji-Soon Paik will be especially effective for aggressive players.
Her Threat Perception Trait marks any enemy that damages her, so anyone playing as her will have full awareness amid battle.
And her EMG-X Scanner essentially acts as wallhacks, where nearby enemies are highlighted through walls. Depending on how much range this has, it could be an extremely powerful tool in the hands of a skilled player.
- Trait: Movement Sensor
- Specialty: OV-P Recon Drone
A Recon Specialist, Wikus “Casper” Van Daele, is a South African soldier best suited for players who like to take on the Scout role in their squad.
This Recon Specialist can use their Trait to detect nearby enemies with a Movement Sensor, where the screen flashes if an enemy gets too close. And for his Specialty, he deploys the OV-P Recon Drone.
Devs confirmed that the Drone will reveal enemy positions, disrupt electronics, and can be controlled manually or left on auto-pilot. It can also be used to “designate targets for lock-on weapons.”
Battlefield 2042 Assault Specialists
- Trait: Blast Resistant
- Specialty: SOB-8 Ballistic Shield
Santiago “Dozer” Espinoza will be the Specialist you want to lead an aggressive push, using his Ballistic Shield and explosive resistance to survive a ton of damage.
Dozer’s Blast Resistant Trait acts very similarly to E.O.D from Warzone, where he can survive much more explosive damage than the average soldier. And it doesn’t seem to affect him, so he can stay accurate at all times.
And the SOB-8 Ballistic Shield makes him the perfect point man, where he can sponge all incoming damage and be an excellent distraction for his squadmates. Also, it appears that he can still damage and kill enemies while using the Shield.
- Trait: Wingsuit
- Specialty: Smart Explosives
French Specialist Emma “Sundance” Rosier is the most mobile character in the game, being able to glide around the map.
Their Trait, the Wingsuit, has been used heavily in Battlefield 2042’s marketing and now we finally know how to get your hands on it. Unique to Sundance, the Wingsuit allows them to stealthily fly across the map.
- Read more: Is Battlefield 2042 free to play?
And they’ll have much more lethal equipment at their disposal, as the Smart Explosives Speciality lets them switch between using Anti-Armor, EMP, and Scatter Grenades.
- Trait: Nimble
- Specialty: Grappling Hook
Webster Mackay is a Canadian Assault Specialist, perfect for flanking enemies and getting in their faces.
His Specialty uses a Grappling Hook to quickly navigate the massive maps. Hitting a surface will pull you towards the attach point, allowing for some nifty flanking maneuvers.
Mackay also features the Nimble Trait, which allows him to be a hard target by moving faster while aiming down the sight.
Battlefield 2042 Support Specialists
- Trait: Trauma Specialist
- Specialty: Loadout Crate
Romanian Specialist Constantin “Angel” Anghel will be the frontline medic of your squad, as he acts more like the Medics from previous Battlefield games.
And in more of the Support than Medic vein, Angel can drop a Loadout Crate that allows players to select another loadout without having to redeploy.
- Trait: Combat Surgeon
- Specialty: S21 Syrette Pistol
Maria Falck is a German Specialist who will take on the medic role of your squad, quickly healing teammates and reviving them to full health.
She uses the S21 Syrette Pistol to heal herself and teammates from afar, and her Trait is the Combat Surgeon, which allows her to revive allies to full health. Also, if in a pinch, the Syrette Pistol will damage enemies.
Battlefield 2042 Engineer Specialists
- Trait: Sentry Operator
- Specialty: SG-36 Sentry Gun
As part of the Engineer category, Pytor “Boris” Guskovsky will be the heavy weapons expert of your squad, especially proficient at defending objectives.
Boris can deploy the SG-36 Sentry Gun as his Specialty, which auto-engages enemies and vehicles.
He has the Sentry Operator ability for his Trait, which boosts the Sentry’s efficiency when he stands near and “spots the enemy target when the Sentry Gun locks on to the enemy in question.” Be warned, though, the Sentry Gun can be EMP’d.
- Trait: Veteran
- Specialty: Fortification System
Kimble “Irish” Graves is the latest Battlefield 2042 Specialist to be revealed after featuring heavily in the Exodus short film. Irish was one of the main characters of Battlefield 4’s storyline and is now looking for revenge in 2042.
As another Engineer, Irish can use the Fortification System to place the “DCS Deployable Cover to protect from bullets and explosives, and the APS-36 Shootdown Sentinel to take down explosive projectiles.”
And for his trait, Irish has Veteran. This allows him to provide armor “with additional bonuses from downed enemies.”
And those are all ten of the Specialists confirmed for Battlefield 2042’s launch!
You can also check out the best keybinds and settings for playing Battlefield 2042 on mouse and keyboard.
Image Credit: EA / DICE
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