The Battlefield 2042 Specialists will replace the traditional class system, and fans of the franchise have mixed opinions on this massive change.
Normally, Battlefield would restrict players through the use of classes. When making a loadout, players will choose from one of four classes: Assault, Medic, Support, and Recon. Each class had access to different weapons and equipment.
However, Battlefield 2042 is making a major change to the loadout system. Instead of four classes, players will choose Specialists. Each Specialist has access to every weapon but is separated into one of four classes: Recon, Assault, Support, and Engineer.
Instead of each class having the same gear, Specialists have unique gadgets and equipment. Some players are not happy with this change, while others feel it will make Battlefield 2042 all the better.
Fans debate Battlefield 2042 Specialists
A post on r/battlefield2042 from user u/WhyWhyBJ sparked a debate amongst the community.
The post outlined why WhyWhyBJ thought Specialists were a good change compared to the traditional classes.
WhyWhyBJ believes that the restriction on traditional classes wouldn’t work on 2042’s larger maps. As well, knowing what gadgets a Specialist has will allow players to make smarter decisions in combat.
They also point out that there is a negative side to Specialists. DICE will have to balance new Specialists to make sure they are all viable. If one specialist is considered the “meta,” then the others won’t be used.
While a number of people agreed with WhyWhyBJ’s points, others aren’t happy with the change. With Specialists having such distinctive looks, players are concerned that everyone will look identical, especially if one or two of the 10 Specialists are seen as meta characters.
Others are worried that future Specialists will be too unrealistic or overpowered compared to ones already in the game.
Some comments outlined the idea of merging both the class system and Specialists. Allow players to pick their class and assign their soldier a Specialist ability. Fans also seem to dislike the restriction of character customization.
But what do you think? Are you a fan of the new Specialists, or would you rather return to the class system? Let us know your thoughts on our Charlie INTEL Facebook Page and Charlie INTEL Twitter Page!
For more Battlefield, check out how to play the Battlefield 2042 open beta, and stay tuned for more news and guides.
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Will Battlefield 2042 go free-to-play?
Battlefield 2042 is rumored to go free-to-play after its disappointing launch, so here’s everything we know about EA’s plans.
Almost all of 2022’s top shooters have a free-to-play element, and there are rumors that Battlefield 2042 will follow the trend after its disappointing launch. Here’s everything we know about Battlefield 2042 possibly going free-to-play.
Battlefield 2042’s player count plummeted, being overtaken by both Battlefield 1 and Battlefield V. EA are reportedly “very disappointed” with its launch, so will Battlefield 2042 go free-to-play to bring in more players?
- Will Battlefield 2042 go free-to-play?
- What Battlefield 2042 modes will become free?
- When would Battlefield 2042 go free-to-play?
Will Battlefield 2042 go free-to-play?
Known industry insider Tom Henderson said that EA were reportedly “very disappointed” with Battlefield 2042’s release and are considering making the game free-to-play “in some capacity.”
As Henderson stated in a follow-up video, it would be a “PR nightmare” if EA made a $70-100 game free-to-play. Instead, it sounds like there are early plans to make an element of Battlefield 2042 free.
What Battlefield 2042 modes will become free?
Tom Henderson believes that EA are looking at making Battlefield Portal the game’s free-to-play mode.
Henderson spoke to two analysts who agree that Portal is the most likely free-to-play option for Battlefield 2042 because it’s EA’s only option. Portal takes content from previous games, letting players create their own modes and experiences. It’s often regarded as the best part of the game, so it would be the best hook to attract free-to-play players.
There were some rumors floating around that suggested the game’s Hazard Zone mode, which features gameplay loosely based on Hunt: Showdown and Escape from Tarkov, would be free-to-play.
However, this wasn’t the case, and it doesn’t appear that it will ever happen. Sources known to Henderson have said that there are only a few hundred people playing Hazard Zone across all platforms, so it’s unlikely that Hazard Zone will be used as a free-to-play element to bring in new players.
When would Battlefield 2042 go free-to-play?
There’s no way of knowing when Battlefield 2042 will receive its free-to-play element, but it’ll most likely be at the start of one of its seasons.
While no release date has been confirmed, Season 1 is expected to begin in March. Battlefield V’s content seasons lasted a few months each, so we wouldn’t expect Season 2 until late Spring.
For more Battlefield, you can check out the design for the Scoreboard which finally arrives in February.
Image Credit: DICE / EA
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.
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.
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.
Image Credit: DICE
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.
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.
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
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:
- Open your Steam Library
- Right-click on Battlefield 2042
- Select Properties
- Select Updates
- Hit the drop down arrow underneath ‘Automatic Updates‘
- Select ‘Only update this game when I launch it‘
- Launch Battlefield 2042 through Steam
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.
Image Credit: DICE / EA
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